With great reviews and support Rob and Duff travelled to the Wauseon meet in Ohio. With us we took our newly released steel and spring kits. It was a very well attended meet, with an excellent selection of antique parts and approx 500 vendors.
There was a tremendous response to KING clutch, attracting good crowds and plenty of questions. I also took my new Henderson cylinders which caused some stir in those circles.
Our new steel clutch plates are again an innovation taking from modern applications. Each plate has a textured surface to aid in engagement and release and, unlike OEM products, will not cause a suction effect. We studied rockwell hardness of the Indian clutch hubs to ensure our new steels will not cause any wear but would be more durable than OEM steel.
Bear in mind, though, that all the testers, whose opinions can be read below, were using OEM style steel plates, so KING Kevlar fiber plates work very well with any kind of steel plate in good condition, it will just work even better with KING steel plates.
The new springs, modeled after NOS indian springs, are double ground to provide even pressure, and heat treated to set spring tension as opposed to cheaper springs, manufactured and set machine wound.
The KING clutch products are all packed individually, allowing you to custom select only the parts you need. Our high tech fiber plates are made from the finest materials including 6061-T6 aluminium core plates to which Kevlar fiber is bonded under 40 tons of heat and pressure. The 6061-T6 aluminium core plates ensure that the clutch studs will not be damaged, We could have used a cheaper steel core but this would cause damage to the studs as well as adding steel filings to the primary oil, unnesessary weight and heat. Each KING clutch product is all top quality materials. Each KING clutch product carries our LIFETIME warranty on all Kevlar fiber plates.
At our next meet in Davenport we plan to introduce the HD line of KING clutch products covering big twin years 1941 to 1984 and our line of Henderson and Indian 4 KING clutch kits, as well as kits for the vertical Indians.
At the Wauseon meet Duff's moto valves sold completely out. An excellent invention to relieve internal crankcase pressures. We were really happy to meet the many VI'ers that came to visit the KING clutch booth, it was great to meet all of you, and we hope to meet again at Davenport. The KING booth will be at spot F-10. The most common response to the KING clutch products at the Wauseon meet was, that it was about time someone came up with a better clutch for the Indians.KING Distributors (dealers wanted!)
Australia: Jim Parker Indian website
KING Worldwide Recommended Retail Prices
Kit 1, Fiber Plates: $119.95 + local sales tax. (8 Kevlar fiber plates for Chief, Sport Scout, 741 and 45" 101).
Steel Plates: $36 + local sales tax (6 textured steel plates for above models).
Springs: $16 + local sales tax (16 double ground and heat treated springs for above models)
Kit 2: 169.95 + local sales tax (8 Kevlar fiber plates + 6 steel plates + 16 springs for above models)
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From Darren Chafin, USA 7.6.00
From Torkel Kristoffersen, Norway 7.18.00 - 8.5.00
KING CLUTCH PRELIMINARY REPORT
I received my new KING clutch from Mat Elvenkemper today. I could hardly wait to get out in my garage. I have a 1936 Chief with a 1947 motor. This bike has given me constant trouble with the clutch. It never released properly, and initially there was trouble with slipping as well.
Slipping disappeared when I bought new
Carefully checking that all disks were straight, Removing all signs of sharp edges etc. made no change. Changing to a thinneroil made no change to clutch function, but it gave more noise from the gearbox. If I had the clutch adjusted so it did not slip, it would make the most horrible and expensive sounding noises when shifting to first gear. When changing gears at speed the gear stich did not move freely, and I could hear grinding cogs.
So. This afternoon I swapped the Raybestos fibre disks for aluminum and kevlar KING disks. The clutch was adjusted as recommended by the Indian factory with approximately 1/2 inch play at the rear of the pedal. I filled the clutch and transmission which are not separated with SAE 50 oil. A step on the kickpedal revealed that it released a lot better than previously. Then I started the engine, and when changing to 1st for the first time there was a grinding sound, but nothing like what I have experiensed before.
When driving, it shifted gears so smoothly I could hardly beleive it. Took it to a hill and it picked up speed from 60 to 75 mph without sign of slipping. This is like a new bike. I have only driven 20 miles tonight, but it seems the KING clutch has solved all my problems. Am I testing the first KING clutch in Europe? Further reports will follow
KING clutch user report. PART II
I decided to do the important things first,
so I took the Chief out for a spin
KING CLUTCH USER REPORT PART III
The summer has been bad in this part of the world. Maximum temperatures slightly above 20 degrees centigrade, and rain most afternoons. Have now logged 300 miles after installing the king clutch. As mentioned earlier I have SAE 50 oil in gearbox and primary as this is recommended by the factory for temperatures above 60 degrees Farenheit. These are my experiences so far with KING clutch in a 1947 motor.
- When starting the engine cold, dropping to a high idle and shifting to 1. gear there is a grind, but nothing like what I experienced before.
- Shifting between the gears when riding is the best I've ever experienced on an Indian. Troublefree.
- With engine heated up there is only a clank when shifting to first at a standstill.
- Tried to heat up the clutch by slipping it as lot. It did not produce the funny sound and feel that you get with ordinary Indian clutches. KING seems not to be influenced by a lot of slipping at successive hill starts.
- Clutch engagement is a lot smoother, and seems to take place over a longer pedal movement. This adds to the driveability of the bike.
- I checked the transmission oil. After 300 miles it is still clean, and not dirty as with the old clutches.
- The clutch releases completely, and has shown no tendency to slip when engaged.
My brother has a 1953 Chief with separate oil in gear and transmission. His reaction is that KING is a lot better, and he will have to buy one as he thinks that mine is perfect.
My advice so far is for everyone to buy
KING clutch. It has solved all my problems with a real trouble clutch.
KING clutch adds even more joy to the Indian driving.
From Jim Parker (www.parkerindian.com.au) 8.5.00
Looks to me like we can
kinda conclude the KING clutch actually works pretty good! :-)