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Hey guy I’m new here and just purchased a 98 TL1000R, I was curious if there were any updates or changed throughout the years, other than the extra clutch plate. Thanks!
 

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Yes, lots of changes. TLR parts are not compatible from one model to the other.
 

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It was an accident, no need to be dramatic, and yes I would make sense that I do not believe him, he didn’t know about the clutch change. Thank you for the link
 

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It was an accident... he didn’t know about the clutch change....
You accidentally posted the same question three times <img src="http://www.tlzone.net/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" />

I have yet to find any reference to Suzuki updating its Clutch Plates for the TLR. I'm merely taking your word for it. Perhaps you'd be so kind as to enlighten us with your source?

In any case, unless Suzuki also changed the Clutch Basket, the plates from a 98 TLR will still work with a 2003 TLR and vice versa. Thus my original answer still stands. All TLR parts are interchangeable.

NOTE: There are dozens of aftermarket Clutch Plates for the TLR.
 

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Well, he's probably not coming back, and I'm still curious. Anyone have any info pertaining to Suzuki updating the Clutch Plates?

Sam? Stu?
 

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Josh, he's actually correct
From what I know... (which is very limited) ... There are 3 setups:

The 5 bolt basket (I think it's only on the early S engines and not on any R's)
the 6 bolt basket
and the 6 bolt with 1 additional friction plate.

All outer plates should be turned one tooth out (you can see the little punched indentation)
 

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Hey guy I’m new here and just purchased a 98 TL1000R, I was curious if there were any updates or changed throughout the years, other than the extra clutch plate. Thanks!
Also,

Sorry Vitesse

:bigfinger

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I can't find a single piece of information linking to an official Suzuki update (or alternate setup) for the clutch Plates. Perhaps it's in the 03 service manual? Mine was published in 99. Just trying to be accurate in case this question pops up again in the future.
 

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... Good enough for you to believe there are 2 different sett ups ...
Sorry guys, I should have been more clear in my intent on this. I never doubted the OP when he said there was a change in the Clutch Plates, I merely stated that this was "news to me".

What's been bugging me about this is the fact that every article I've ever come across over the years has the TLR listed as "unchanged" from 98-2003. Plus my experience from building two TLRs from the frame up using parts across all years. Now, suddenly, I'm finding out that the clutch basket was updated on later models, only there's no official documentation (that I can find) that specifies when and why this was done.

I mean, with all the factory defects that needed to be addressed on the TLR, why change the one area that really didn't need to be changed? Or did it?

I know this may seem like I'm beating a dead horse here, but it's just the way my brain works. If I don't get ALL the information my mind obsesses. Like constructing a puzzle that's missing half its pieces. Unfortunate side affect of ADD and OCD. Now you know why they're classified as disorders 😞
 

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Now, suddenly, I'm finding out that the clutch basket was updated on later models, only there's no official documentation (that I can find) that specifies when and why this was done.

I mean, with all the factory defects that needed to be addressed on the TLR, why change the one area that really didn't need to be changed? Or did it?

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Josh, my 2 cents....

The clutch basket did not change. It is the same part number from 1998 to 2003.

However, the clutch pack did change. The discs and plates are different part numbers between the model years. The 1998 to 2000 group is different from the 2001 to 2003 group. Plus, an additional plate and disc (drive and driven) were added to the later group.
The additional plates add to the overall engagement surface area of the clutch.

Clutch basket p/n:
GEAR ASSY, PRIMARY DRIVEN
21200-02820
 

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Everyone's feedback on this has been much appreciated. I did see where the Clutch Basket part remained unchanged, so the TLR (technically) remains completely interchangeable across the years.

That being said, I never did find any official references to the update, however I did find tons of documentation regarding the slipping Clutch issue. This may relate to Sam and Stu's often noted "center weld" mod. I *assume* this is why Suzuki made the Plate change (extra plate). Could be wrong though. I suppose I'll never fully understand until the day comes for me to work on the Clutch 🙂

Thanks again guys. My brain can rest.
 
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