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Offline Antiguamon   fr

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Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
on: April 21, 2020, 10:47:41 pm
April 21, 2020, 10:47:41 pm
Hi All,

Thanks for the join!
I absolutely love my MTS950; however I might have been a little too hasty not to wait for the 950s to come out! I have looked at upgrading, but my local Ducati dealer isnít playing ball and has offered me a poor trade in for my 2018 even though it only has 2000 km on it.
So next idea is to change my 2018. I have always had a  hydraulic clutch on all the Ducatiís I have owned, and I would like to have one on my MTS 950. I see Ducabike make a conversion kit for the bike so that u can use their clear clutch cover ( which doesnít interest me). My question is, will the clutch cover from the 2019 950s fit on the 2018 950 engine? I would have thought it would, but??? If it does can anyone see any reasons (other than money!) not to do this?
Thanks!

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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #1 on: April 22, 2020, 11:50:28 am
    April 22, 2020, 11:50:28 am
    To me they are 2 completely different systems to try & swap over, it would be like making a manual in to an automatic
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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 12:09:24 pm
    April 22, 2020, 12:09:24 pm
    Antiguamon - I agree with Babyd, its not worth doing for the reason he mentioned. But, of course its entirely your prerogative if you want to do the change and good luck to you if you progress with it.

    Bike valuations, especially for the 950 are very low at the moment, but now we are dealing with Covid-19 this must have a knock on effect with future bike sales, and perhaps just waiting until better deals become available is also worth considering as the hydraulic clutch on the 950s is a peach!

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  • Offline bmw_al   gb

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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 10:49:15 pm
    April 22, 2020, 10:49:15 pm
    Agree with other comments - going hydraulic will be expensive, and is unlikely to change the nature of the clutch on its own.  Also the slave cylinder on the 950S is on the other side of the engine to the cable clutch arm, on the earlier models, with a long actuator rod going through the engine casing to the clutch side.  I too have considered the Ducabike clutch kit, but only to get rid of the most annoying "character trait" of the MTS950 - the grabby clutch when cold, which can make you look like a learner.....I'd be keen to improve that, but I've read that the 950S also has less clutch plates than the previous models too.  Unless someone knowns different, I'd say enjoy your 950 as it is, and upgrade to the S when money allows - too complicated to improve previous models.

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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #4 on: April 23, 2020, 10:20:53 am
    April 23, 2020, 10:20:53 am
    *Originally Posted by ducati_al [+]
    . . . the most annoying "character trait" of the MTS950 - the grabby clutch when cold, which can make you look like a learner . . .
    The cold clutch characteristic is annoying - I've got used to starting the bike on the drive and let it warm up whilst getting togged up. This seems to mitigate the cold clutch issue and makes that initial set off a bit better. Its a relatively small irritation to tolerate on an otherwise brilliant bike but its good that Ducati have addressed it on the "S".
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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #5 on: April 24, 2020, 05:18:22 pm
    April 24, 2020, 05:18:22 pm
    I agree with the consensus here.  Also, the cable actuated clutch is preferred for off road/water environments.  As mentioned, cable has no chance of waterlock.  I can confirm there is one fewer clutch plate.  Not worth the trouble or weight for me.

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    Re: Changing to hydraulic clutch on 2018 MTS950?
    Reply #6 on: April 24, 2020, 11:51:45 pm
    April 24, 2020, 11:51:45 pm
    Has anyone taken a look at the Magura HYMEC kit for the Multistrada? Supposed to be a direct replacement for the cable system and does not require any mods or other parts.  I am waiting for an email back from them (since I live in the colonies, and none of the dealers I can find here that carry Magura stuff know anything about the street kits) with more details.