How to Install and Adjust a Yamaha ATV Clutch Cable

When it's time to do a Yamaha ATV clutch cable replacement and adjustment, a couple of simple tools and a few parts is all it takes to get it done. 

A sign that a clutch cable replacement and adjustment on a YFZ450R are in order is that the clutch gets harder and harder to pull. 

Here’s a simple method for performing a Yamaha ATV clutch cable replacement and adjustment.

Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha YFZ450 Clutch Cable Replacement

Tools

  • 8mm wrench (x2)

Yamaha ATV Clutch Cable Replacement and Adjustment

Step 1. Loosen up and minimize the distance on the adjustment of the clutch cable (found about 1/3 of the way down the cable) to release it from the clutch lever.

Yamaha YFZ450R clutch cable replacement

Step 2. Remove the rubber adjustment collar from where the clutch cable connects to the handlebar mount. Pull the clutch cable up and out of the opening on the cable adjusting bolt. 

Yamaha ATV clutch cable replacement

Step 3. Once the clutch cable is loose, pull the cable adjustment bolt out of the handlebar clutch mount. 

Yamaha YFZ450 ATV clutch cable replacement

Step 4. Slide the rubber protection boot from the handlebar mount off and out of the way, and pull the clutch cable out from where it attaches to the clutch arm. 

Yamaha YFZ450R ATV clutch cable removal

Step 5. Remove the cover and the collar from the clutch cable, and proceed down to the clutch control arm to lift out and disconnect the clutch cable. 

Yamaha ATV clutch cable removal

Step 6. Slide the rubber protection boot off the clutch cable, and pull the clutch cable out from the other side.

Yamaha YFZ450 clutch cable rubber boot

Yamaha ATV clutch cable installation

Step 7. Tape the old cable to the new cable to make it easy to route the new cable through the path of the old one. Once the new cable is routed through, unwind or cut the tape off both cables, being careful not to damage the new cable.  

Yamaha YFZ450R ATV clutch cable installation

Yamaha YFZ450 clutch cable

Step 8. Once the old cable is out of the way, continue routing the new cable through to the clutch arm, and attach the end of clutch cable to the clamp before pushing the boot back onto the end of the cable. 

Yamaha YFZ450R clutch cable replacement

Yamaha ATV clutch cable adjustment

Step 9. Replace the rubber cover and the collar onto to the new clutch cable on the handlebar side.

YFZ450r clutch cable adjustment

Step 10. Add a little grease to the inside of the seal of the cable adjusting bolt and to the threads of the adjusting bolt, and slide them back into position. 

NOTE: If you notice the cable adjusting bolt and adjusting bolt are worn, replace them both.

Yamaha YFZ450R cable adjusting bolt

Yamaha YFZ450R clutch adjusting bolt

Step 11. Take the end of the new clutch cable, slide it back into the clutch lever and lock it into place. 

Yamaha ATV clutch cable adjustment

Step 12. Go down to the cable adjustment area on the side of the machine where you first started, and take out the slack for the coarse adjustment by tightening the pinch bolt against the adjuster. 

Yamaha ATV YFZ450 clutch cable adjustment

Step 13. For the fine adjustment, bring a nickel up to the handlebar to measure approximately 8mm of play (Yamaha recommends between 8mm and 13mm), squeeze the handlebar clutch arm repeatedly, and adjust the cable adjustment bolt until the clutch cable engages. 

Yamaha YFZ ATV clutch cable adjustment

Step 14. Slide the protective boot over the cable adjuster bolt, and before putting back the protective rubber collar, check for a small protrusion on the inside, which will align with the channel on the cable adjusting bolt. 

Yamaha YFZ450R clutch cable replace and adjust

Once that rubber collar is in place, you’re done! 

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