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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:34 PM   #16
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Axljak. Really beefy cover. More so than Woodcraft's. On their site they say they can do custom venting so I assume they can make you a closed one. I low slided a couple of time at the track and the cover held up really well.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 05:59 AM   #17
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+1 for axljak. i really like woodcraft's products, but managed to break one of their vented clutch covers in a crash. the axljak will probably withstand being run over by a tank.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 06:19 AM   #18
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If your clutch is getting really noisy then you probably need to replace the clutch basket and plates. If you have 14,000 miles on the stock clutch basket I guarantee it has been destroyed.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #19
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If your clutch is getting really noisy then you probably need to replace the clutch basket and plates. If you have 14,000 miles on the stock clutch basket I guarantee it has been destroyed.
Been down that road with my 998, and my 1098 is getting pretty loud, but the plates and basket don't look hammered like my 998 was.. so.. not sure I need to do that basket but I'm pretty sure the plates can be done, but I have a hard time tossing a otherwise perfectly functional clutch just for noise. Maybe worn ends will accelerate wear on the basket and I just need to get on with it... :/

I totally dig the SF cover, not sure I want to pay that much for one (I'm probably dreaming of finding a better deal). I'm going to look at the axljak (sp?) that's one I've never heard of. thx!
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Old June 11th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #20
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Closed Clutch Cover - Shift-Tech Carbon Fiber

I have a Closed Carbon Fiber cover from Shift-Tech in new condition... PM if interested.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #21
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A couple of points on this discussion.
Firstly a solid cover like the Streetfighter one would be the safe bet if you crash on that side. And it's a good looking cover. The stock steel cover just collapses and destroys the clutch in a fall.
But these clutches give better service with an open cover as it allows for air-cooling (of course) but also lets some of the dust escape. A build-up of dust in there causes the clutch to misbehave.
The unfortunate reality with these dry clutches is that you need to replace the basket and friction plates at around 30,000 kms or 18,000 miles. It's just a fact of this system. I know this from being on my third set..
The dry clutch is light weight, doesn't have any oil drag, grips beautifully, and will give good service if set up correctly, but these parts need replacing at that mileage. And the increasing noise is your bike letting you know this.
My solution was a machined-from-solid SpeedyMoto cover which is strong in a fall, and also breathes.
I also went to the (German) MPL basket which has a precision fit between plates and slots, and remains quieter for longer.
And Motorize friction plates at about $130 a set off Ebay. The full set of plates from Ducati cost over $500 retail here, and you don't need to replace your steel plates as often if you haven't abused your clutch.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #22
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I bought a stock cover yesterday... since I never had it closed and my bike came with open cover, I can't wait to hear the difference.
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