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Thread: Shovel clutch

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    Shovel clutch

    I'm fully expecting to have to replace the clutch on the shovel. I'm not sure whether the basket is good enough to keep so, if I'm just replacing plates which are the best ones? If I'm replacing the entire clutch is there a favourite?
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    Re: Shovel clutch

    Been using Barnett wet/dry in mine for over 20+ years.

    Can't fault 'em.

    Good luck.

    Fuz.

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    Re: Shovel clutch

    What Fuz said. Anything Barnett is top quality.

    Alto plates are also good.

    If your clutch hub is really shagged (that takes some doing).....cheap used ones are everywhere.

    From experience, a combination of the quality plates, a Ram-Jett Retainer (not the Tamer, which also works well but is far dearer and far more fiddly) or whatever the current copy of the R-J Retainer is called in the CCI catalogue, and one of those aluminum pressure plates, discus shaped, should give you what I get - flawless clutch performance for years, hardly any adjusting needed in the last 35,000 miles.

    if you really want to spend big and go flash, a Barnett Scorpion clutch is, unsurprisingly, highly regarded.

    PS: avoid the ''Big Fix'' 52-roller kit, unless you enjoy Lego-style activities at the side of the road or in your garage. Those are a nightmare. Fitted to my Shovel when I bought it 12 years ago. That and the points were the first things in the rubbish bin.

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    Re: Shovel clutch

    Thanks both. Barnett seemed the obvious choice but I noted Motorcycle Store House sell their own branded components at a higher price than the Barnett stuff. This doesn't sound right to me so I wondered whether Barnett is now Chinese and had fallen out of favour.
    I intend using a retainer - thanks for the R-J tip.
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    Re: Shovel clutch

    Complete baskets aren’t expensive mate, wear on the basket can be a pain stopping plates from separating cleanly.

    if you haven’t already got a supplier I’m happy to give 10% discount to members and users

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    Re: Shovel clutch

    Barnett website: "Everything's made in the USA'' ...

    https://www.barnettclutches.com/about-us.html

    increasingly I look for this, or made in Australia/UK/NZ/Canada etc when buying parts for my Shovel.

    Still plenty of great-quality parts out there.

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