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pros and con's of a clutch kit

Seems like we have a lot of guys starting to run these. We have all done modificatios that when it was over with we wished we would of left well enough alone. So I'd like to know everyone's thoughts whether you have one or not. This isn't a thread to bash ANYONE. If it turns to that I'll ask the mods to shut it down. Seems now we have a very reputable supplier for these kits. My worry is this is a big time mechanical mod, and I'm not willing to sacrifice reliability for an once of performance. But with that being said anybody putting bigger tires on is already going down that road a bit with more strain on the wet clutch.
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I was a skeptic myself for a while, but after talking to people who have a performence clutch kit and to James from JBS who makes them and has done hours and hours, and thousands of miles of testing I decided I wanted one. My experience with the JBS extreme sheave is nothing but positive. It helps performence all the way around from better acceleration and top end to better slow speed comfort and smoothness. And what finally sold me is the fact that it is literally a bolt on accessory that can be put right back to the way it came from the factory if you want, but after you ride your viking with one you won't. The "pro" category is full and the "con" category is completely empty

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I have two questions. What is the reason that Yamaha doesnt use a different type of clutch if it is so much better and also how does changing the clutch affect your gas mileage? Sometmes there arent many fuel stops where I ride.
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I can't answer the mileage thing because I don't pay attention to that. The only fluid in the Viking I monitor is the beer in my cooler. But as far as the sheave is concerned, the only long term effect I can see it having is on the rider. He is going to be one happy guy and will never look back. I'm on another forum and there are TONS of rhino owners on there and almost every one of them has a sheave/clutch upgrade and have had it for years. This is a fairly easy modification for the "do it yourselfer" and as far as I am concerned, it is the best performance modification and "bang for your buck" that you can do. I highly recommend it to ALL Viking owners and if you are running larger tires, it's a no brainer!!!!


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I have two questions. What is the reason that Yamaha doesnt use a different type of clutch if it is so much better and also how does changing the clutch affect your gas mileage? Sometmes there arent many fuel stops where I ride.
just about anything made by sxs manufacturer can be improved..just like any motor ever made in a sxs can be made better and faster...thats why i never stop testing...we was 1 year later getting our viking sheave out cause of all the testing we did...the other guy was done in 2 days...lol..and the difference shows it!!!

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I have two questions. What is the reason that Yamaha doesnt use a different type of clutch if it is so much better and also how does changing the clutch affect your gas mileage? Sometmes there arent many fuel stops where I ride.
For the same reason they don't put 14" aluminum wheels and performence exhaust from the factory, they definitely have the ability it just comes down to cost of building and making a machine that is one size fits all. it's just like changing a sprocket on a sport quad, you customize your machine for your riding style. And honestly I have never payed any attention to gas mileage it's and off road vehicle, whether or not I'm using it for work or play I drive the way I want to and when it needs gas I put more in

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For the same reason they don't put 14" aluminum wheels and performence exhaust from the factory, they definitely have the ability it just comes down to cost of building and making a machine that is one size fits all. it's just like changing a sprocket on a sport quad, you customize your machine for your riding style. And honestly I have never payed any attention to gas mileage it's and off road vehicle, whether or not I'm using it for work or play I drive the way I want to and what needs gas I put more in
I will say that the JBS Sheave kit and the wet clutch slugs are definitely the way to go. There is a noticable difference in the response when the wet clutch engages. This will definitely benefit the long term use of the wet clutch. Especially if bgger tires are in the plans. There is a post from a guy that had only 20 Hrs. on his wet clutch before he had to replace it. All due to running larger tires without doing the mod's. There is an old saying " An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure" Thansk JBS for the great products!!!
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The answer is easy stock tires and stock clutch are perfect from yamaha put bigger heavier tires on and it is like any drivetrain in jeep or truck, put 37's on a f150 with 3.55 then go to 4.56 and tell me it ain't night and day difference, same applies to our clutches.....tight grip to hold belt better and slugs engage firmer.......overall a necessity when modifying, just like anything else just this applies to viking......JBS FTW don't believe us then just keep what ya got.....
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