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  KING Clutch Update
By Rob Olsen

The first goal in mind in creating a product was to address problems evident with the existing Indian clutch. In doing so the response to the new Indian Chief and Scout clutch plates was overwhelming, With initial testing completed with exciting results things have really taken off since last month's VI article! Dealers and distributors are being setup reaching out to Euope, New Zealand and North America. It is a pleasure to create a product and see it exceed our expectations and sales in such short time. In forming KING Clutch Performance Products the goal was to solve a problem, manufacture a high quality product and offer it at a very reasonable price. This goal has been met.

Installing the KING clutch here.

Original article here.

Tester feedback here.
(Check this out!)

Currently, Kit 2 which is the complete clutch kit with fiber plates, steel plates and new springs will be offered on the market before the end of June. All parts are fully compatible with OEM products and again offered in kits with the same quality and fit as offered by kit 1. Our next project is the manufacture of the 101 clutch kits and Indian 4. Dies are being made for both products now and we expect these will be offered very soon after testing. Much of the innovations of the KING clutch products come from high quality materials that offer new technology in many applications, and have also been tried and tested in high horsepower drag bikes. Those same qualities of product are now available to us for use in our Indian Chief and Scout models. 

Manufacturing of KING clutch plates involves a precision die cut 6061-T6 plate which is tumbled for finish, then acid etched. Die cut Kevlar fiber is applied after a curing process with a bonding agent under 40 tons of pressure and heat, which molds the oil grooves as well. Then final curing and check for fit and finish. We inspect each product ourselves to insure the quality that we require and seal each kit ready for shipment.

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Indian Four and 101 versions coming soon. Also complete kits for Chief and Scout with steel plates and springs.

The dealer network is growing and we are planning to support the network via advertising in the AMCA magazine in the next and continuing issues. There will also be a KING Clutch website soon, with a complete list of dealers, as well as fitting instructions and other useful information.

European distribution is being handled by Mat Elvenkemper, and the first dealer in Germany is Jürgen Mattern. In New Zealand Paul Hanes takes care of distribution. Ed Glasgow in New York is carrying KING clutch products and Duff's Moto valves along with his high quality line of Indian nuts and bolts. The newest KING clutch dealer is Dave Hansen from THE SHOP in California, dealer of quality Indian and Harley products. He is coupling the new KING clutch to the release of the new 4 speed Indian transmissions. The distributors and dealers can be contacted in your areas for sales and fast service in purchasing KING clutch products.

For more information, or dealer inquiries contact Rob Olsen or Terry Duffy (Duff) 

Tester Feedback
From Keith packardv8@aol.com  6.17.00

I received a set of the KING Kevlar clutch plates from Duff last Tuesday. Installation is very easy. The clutch plates even quite beautiful just to look at. Excellent  workmanship in their manufacture. I installed them and used automatic trans fluid (Dexron III).

The Kevlars afford VERY smooth shifting that is far superior to the stock Raysbestos fibre plates. Initial engagement of low gear, at rest, whether hot or cold is also real easy with only a very slight clunk or most of the time no clunk at all. Again a great improvement over the stock fibre plates. So far I have put over 50 miles on the Kevlar plates (last Saturday) running speeds of 50 mph+. at ambient temperatures of 90+ degrees F.

Since i am using a hand clutch, engagement feels a lot better too. I have a few more minor adjustments and 'tricks' that I want to play with on the hand clutch set up that I will report back over the next week or so. I have found that the lever on the clutch worm only needs to move 45 to 50 degrees to accomplish complete disengagement and engagement which is critical for the hand clutch since with a hand lever movement is reduced over that available from a foot clutch.  More later...  So far I can conclude that the KING Kevlars ARE superior to the stock fibre plates.

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From Stan Jessup indian@libertybay.com  6.2.00

I just received my set of the new clutch plates from Duff and Rob Olsen, so I thought I would check them out for fit, finish and overall quality. In the box was a note from Duff, which said he felt they should be soaked in your choice of oil prior to assembly, which I did. I think this is a good idea with all wet clutch plates. The bike that will run this new clutch is the project Chief I've been working on, and it isn't ready to ride, but I was in a position to test the fit of the plates, so I did. 

First, you'll notice that all the plates are of uniform thickness, instead of the usual 6, 1/8" and 2, 3/16" fiber disks. Once I removed the original fiber disks, I held them in a stack, and using a caliper, I measured the stack at 1.10" thick. The new set (after oiling) measured 1.25", which should increase the spring pressure a bit, for less slippage problems. The plates appear very nicely made, and don't look to be a "home made" item in any way. It appears that they have machine made the aluminum plates, and then bonded the surface materials under heat and pressure. There were no signs of warpage or deformity anywhere. When I began installing the plates, I rotated a couple of them to check the uniformity of the stud cutouts, and found they were dead true.

Once assembled in the basket, and the pressure plate was installed, I found the reason for the warning about sloppy linkage. Due to the extra thickness, you also have slightly reduced travel for the clutch worm. I don't view this as a problem, just make sure all your linkages are free of any slop, and it should work just fine. By depressing the rocker, I was easily able to create the slack needed to disengage the clutch. There doesn't appear to be any increase in foot pressure needed on the pedal. All in all, I think this is an excellent product, and I'm going to need to order more of them for my other bikes. Since at this point, I can't road test the plates, I hope someone else can step up and give us your impression of the performance under real conditions. Congratulations Duff, and Rob, I think you have a winner here. Stan

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