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foggy123
08-26-2004, 10:58 AM
Dave is this true? Brad Black reported on 'Zilla and am looking for confirmation. He said that they didn't know until they opened up a new ST3 and found the wet clutch..

CINDESMO
08-26-2004, 11:57 AM
I would be very concerned if someone found liquid in an ST3 clutch!

Mat
08-26-2004, 12:36 PM
Unless it is release ST3.5 with appropriate hardware patches..it is dry.
That sound only comes from a DRY clutch!!!

foggy123
08-26-2004, 01:07 PM
To further clarify: Brad stated that they just received a 2005 ST3 with a wet clutch. He said that when they contacted Ducati and they found out that the ST's were going to wet clutches in 2005. He hadn't heard anything about it until the bike arrived. He is in Australia.

CINDESMO
08-26-2004, 01:20 PM
Since everyone is at the DNA dealer meeting as we speak there is no one to ask! With Ducati, we usually find out when the bike arrives. Normally, all you have to do is look at the clutch cover and you can tell which bikes are which. The only 2005 bikes I have seen were SS800F and 999R so I have no idea about the ST3. Not sure why you would want a wet clutch on it.

CINDESMO
08-26-2004, 02:00 PM
I have just been told that all of the ST series will have a wet clutch for 2005.

Curt999
08-26-2004, 02:03 PM
Since everyone is at the DNA dealer meeting as we speak there is no one to ask! With Ducati, we usually find out when the bike arrives. Normally, all you have to do is look at the clutch cover and you can tell which bikes are which. The only 2005 bikes I have seen were SS800F and 999R so I have no idea about the ST3. Not sure why you would want a wet clutch on it.


Longevity!

Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if they did go to a wet clutch on the 05 ST's. It actually makes sense. The bike has gone from a little more sport oriented to leaning more towards the more touring oriented. Larger stock windscreen, better ergonmics, etc, etc. The wet clutch would just be the next logical step in creating better longer lasting performance.

just my .02

Zach
08-26-2004, 04:13 PM
What Ducati needs to do is buy their clutches from Barnett, spec the Kevlar kits. My stock clutch was hurting at 15k, I limped it to 30k with several cleanings & replaced it with a kevlar Barnett. With 15k on the Barnett, it still feels new. No groaning, slipping, overheating, etc. How come Ducati always skimp on the clutch plates?!?! Even brand new demo Ducatis I've ridden have weak clutches that slip. Is the wet clutch just an easy/cheap way out? The ST series will lose some of its Ducati character with a wet clutch IMO. There's no reason a durable dry clutch cannot be installed...I have one in my 900SS.........

Cheers,
Zach

CINDESMO
08-26-2004, 04:52 PM
Zach-
Aren't you missing out on the deafening rattle of clutch plates with over 6k on them? How sad! :(

Zach
08-26-2004, 05:47 PM
They rattle just the right amount now :)

I keep thinking the slave cylinder is gonna give up the ghost some day. Still have the orignal one in there ('99 900SS w/45k mi). I cleaned it & replaced the rubber seal & it continues to work just fine, no leaks. The bore & piston are quite scored though. Hard anodizing ala Evoluzione would have been nice, oh well.

Chow,
Zach

darkduc
08-27-2004, 07:20 AM
I put the Evo slave cylinder on my 749 a few weeks ago. It's very nice. :D

DRS
08-27-2004, 10:32 AM
i wish the superbikes came stock with stm or barnett slipper clutches. :happy57:

Mat
08-27-2004, 06:32 PM
Wet is good...quiet, civilized, Japanese, electric.
Dry is good, durable, noisy, snatchy.
Friction modified oils make engines last longer and
get better gas milage...Don't use them in a wet clutch
bike or you will experience a REAL slipper clutch.
Hey, it is all about trade-offs.