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Zx/zzr 1100 new user with problems!

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Old 07-18-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Smile Zx/zzr 1100 new user with problems!

Bought the wonderful zzr 1100 as it's called here in England.

Why? Heard of House? Hugh Laurie?

Hugh wrote a novel in the 90s where the main character rode one. Great read.

BUT.

2 problems. Clutch ineffective. When pulled in it doesn't release to allow a gear change.

Think it is plates. What do you think?

2nd prob is the exhaust has a couple of holes. Serious?

Thanks & great to be aboard.
   
 
Old 07-19-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
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Hi Paul:
I think that your clutch problems are due to worn out or damaged components and you should take it apart to determine the problem without speculation; as for the exhaust if the holes are in the down pipes or the collectors you can temporarily weld the holes and think about going for a good 4 into one stainless system but if you intend to keep the centerstand check before you buy because most of them require removal of same.

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
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Does the clutch hydraulic system need bleeding !!

Are the holes in the exhaust rusted ! or at the bottom of the rear mufflers, they may be drain holes for the condensation that collects in there !!


Thanx Dave.


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Old 07-20-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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I had the same problem with my clutch. I had the discs replaced in the clutch and haven't had any problems since. If you do upgrade to a 4-1 exhaust, consider replacing your cooling fan with a metal 6 blade instead of the stock plastic 4 blade. Muzzy makes a nice replacement. Muzzy also makes a great 4-1 exhaust that will make your bike sound great. Not too loud but that nice growl. Ebay is your friend when it comes to parts for the 11.
   
 
Old 07-20-2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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Hey, sorry. Should have read your post better. If your problem is at the lever then it may need to be adjusted. The lever should have a disc with numbers on it. Also there should be an arrow indicating which setting that the lever is on. Pull in the lever and rotate the disc to your desired level. I replaced my levers and had that problem. My buddy showed me how to set them and now it shifts fine. I have mine set at 1. The problem was the other settings were not clearing the clutch release far enough to allow a clean shift. Levers my very so play around with it a bit to see where it clears enough. Hope this helps.
   
 
Old 07-24-2011, 01:02 AM   #6
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Hi

Thanks for the advice. It was all spot on.

Re the clutch, I took the engine apart but the plates looked fine.

So bled the hydraulics...what do you know? More air than fluid!

Now fine, but concerned the problem will return- will see.

Re the exhaust. Yes 1 hole is the drain so that's good. Other is at the base & a biker friend had some putty & he used that to fill. Reckons it'll last.

So now all good. Watch out world!
   
 
Old 07-24-2011, 01:31 AM   #7
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Good to hear you got it all sorted


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Old 07-25-2011, 11:44 AM   #8
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Good to hear you got it all sorted


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Cheers mate!

Yes took it for a blast yesterday. Awesome.

I'm passing through your way in Sept be good to meet up.
   
 
Old 07-25-2011, 11:50 PM   #9
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Cheers mate!

Yes took it for a blast yesterday. Awesome.

I'm passing through your way in Sept be good to meet up.
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That would be good

PM me nearer the time, and we'll sort something out

Until then

Thanx Dave.


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Old 07-31-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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Ah. Problem has returned. Any theories?
   
 
Old 07-31-2011, 07:23 PM   #11
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Well, if the lever is adjusted correctly, then you may want to flush your fluid. If no go still, I do not have a clue what it could be. Please let us know when you figure it out. Good luck.
   
 
Old 07-31-2011, 11:32 PM   #12
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Ah. Problem has returned. Any theories?
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Top up the master cylinder with fluid and bleed the system through, until clean fluid comes out the slave cylinder nipple.

New fluid might help the seals.

If not, new clutch master cylinder seals, or clutch slave cylinder seals.

Thanx Dave.


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Old 08-05-2011, 04:19 PM   #13
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I've had a look at the manual for changing the master seals & I'm not sure I understand it. In fact, I don't.

May have to go to the garage.

I've bled it again & it's ok but there is a hissing/sucking sound from the nipple when I squeeze the clutch.
   
 
Old 08-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #14
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I've bled it again & it's ok but there is a hissing/sucking sound from the nipple when I squeeze the clutch.
That would cause the problems you're having.....
   
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