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    2001 V11 LeMans Rosso Mandello
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  1. Sorry, been away from here for a long time. Still have the bike. Still works great. As noted from the other response (also a long time ago) (but thought all the information should be in the same place) I had to get the clutch push rod machined down at the clutch end. I had them make it symmetrical; both ends have matching diameter and depth steps in them, and it worked perfectly.
  2. I was having different shifting woes, like the clutch wasn't fully disengaging and putting drag on the gear box making it hard to downshift without blipping the throttle. Bled the clutch and changed the springs in the gear box and fresh gear oil didn't make a difference so I assumed a warped bit of clutch somewhere. 2001 Rosso Mandello with 32000kms on it. No sign of cracking or damage on the alloy freewheel. I replaced it with the 5spd RAM clutch (6 speed no longer available when I did it, but essentially the same thing) and it has worked great over 2000kms, all shifting problems are gone.
  3. I think I've found the easiest installation, but I've had an issue, not related to the installation though. I left the threaded rings off the back of the Speedhut gauges and simply put a small bead of clear silicon around the base of the bevel and laid them into the dash and let them sit overnight to dry in place. And then I took the original back cover, unmodified and ran a heavier bead of silicon around the exposed threads on the back of the Speedhut gauges, and then slid the back cover in place on the back and lightly clamped it in place until the silicon dried. It was kind of flawless
  4. I recently did the swap as well. Zero indications that the aluminum flywheel was about to fail. But I was having shifting issues which I'm nearly certain was due to clutch drag. FWIW, after swapping out the gear selector springs, new gear box oil, bleeding the clutch lever, and putting in the RAM clutch replacement, the bike has never shifted better or smoother. Worth it for that, and peace of mind that I was no longer sitting on a time bomb.
  5. #1: Enlarging any "push button" would best be done with an end mill, not a drill bit. My thinking: best left alone. #2: One of the greatest things about the RAM unit is it comes complete, assembled, and balanced. Taking it apart (to change the push button) defeats those advantages. After sorting through all the efforts, it seems time to derive a specification to modify the 6speed (hydraulic actuation) push rod -> 5speed clutch push button. (craigsinclair got it really close:http://www.v11lemans.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=19621&p=215047 "It is already machined down at the a
  6. Update... I probably should have taken more photos of the process but there are already a few threads documenting the removal of the engine. I went out the front, removing the engine and leaving the rear end in place. For the record, the 5 speed clutch replacement kit from MG Cycle is an almost seamless fit as a replacement for the single plate clutch in a 2001 V11 Rosso. I did get the end of the clutch push rod machined down at a local shop and everything engaged as it should. I found, going through it, 4 or 5 missing fasteners from trim pieces and fenders etc. And the steel bra
  7. New rods are cheap - and used ones even cheaper. So getting your original one machined is low-risk - you can always replace it. FWIW - It seems safer to machine the rod. I think there may be a risk of weakening the "receiver" if you drill into it. I suspect there's enough material in the clutch to machine it out, but it seems easier to get the rod machined. It is hardened steel though so the shop is going to get out the ceramic insert for their lathe and turn it down for me tomorrow or the day after. I'm out of town so there won't be any updates for a bit. Oh, and 35000kms on
  8. At the risk of posting the most boring photograph ever, this is the clutch push rod: It is already machined down at the actuator end, and unmachined at the clutch end. The OD is 8.0mm except at the end where it's been machined down to 6.0mm. Placing the 8.0mm end into the original clutch and the 6.0mm end into the new clutch I get what feels like the same amount of play, but my calipers don't reach far enough down into the new clutch to actually measure the opening. The machined length of the actuator end is maybe 0.5mm longer than the depth of the hole on the new RAM clutch. I suspect
  9. It appears to just be a straight stainless steel rod. It would be cheaper to replace if it got screwed up somehow, that for sure, since the pressed in bit of metal in the clutch is proprietary and more complex. I was leaning that way as well, especially since it wouldn't affect the interface at the end of the rod (pointy drill bits creating a pointy hole, and potential for drilling a bit too far)
  10. Bringing this one back, because I'm finally finding some time to get around to working on this thing. As was suggested, the receiver for the clutch push rod is smaller on the 5 speed RAM than the original version, but it is a pressed in steel bit. The receiver from the original clutch isn't interchangeable. So I have two options: 1. drill out the receiver to the larger diameter 2. take the push rod into a machine shop and have the end of it turned down to the right size Thoughts? RAM 5 speed with pressed in metal insert: OEM, different and not interchangeable:
  11. It's been ordered. I'm in Canada and MG Cycle isn't so it might be a couple of weeks before Canada Customs lets me have it. MG Cycle did mention that I'd have to re-use my input hub but didn't mention a need to change the clutch push rod. My email exchange with them suggested; "We've only recently discovered that the RAM kit for 5 speeds differs from that for 6 speeds only because of the input gear (hub)." I'll certainly take pictures and post them here.
  12. The guys at MG Cycle have assured me this kit will seamlessly replace the clutch assembly in my 2001 Rosso and is in stock. And they suggested it's about half the price of replacing the existing single plate clutch with an OEM dual plate clutch.
  13. More on that topic, with an interesting picture here:http://www.v11lemans.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=19510&page=2&do=findComment&comment=211566Aluminium alloys do not have a fatigue limit like steel, so every power stroke leads the aluminum flywheel inexorably closer to eventually cracking. Then the cracks join hands. Then "pop". Or is it "grind grind clatter"? I don't know 'cause I have a two plate clutch. The fear of God has been put in me. That, and I suspect the problem has been the clutch all along, it was the shop that steered me down the path of clutch bleed
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