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Weight wearing into spider


New member
Oct 7, 2019
Do I need a new spider? A whole new clutch (seems I can't buy them separately)? New weights? Bought this sled used at 2700 miles, haven't used it yet. New to the sport. All three of the weights are wearing; two of them on the right (as shown) and one is wearing on the left.

Thanks in advance



Active member
Lifetime Membership
Nov 7, 2009
New weights, you really need just the bushing. The damage to spider seems minimal.
The weight swings up and touches the spider because the bushing where the weight pivots is worn out.


Well-known member
Jan 20, 2009
Northern Utah
It's likely that clutch has never been serviced. Personally I would complete an entire rebuild for good measure, just so you know what you have.

volcano buster

Well-known member
Nov 26, 2007
Stayton Oregon
When the weights start to get loose, add a single Comet shim on the thrust side, or if sloppy enough, add one to each side. New bushings are likely in your future too.

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Just ride
Lifetime Membership
Nov 4, 2010
Spanish Fork, UT
Weight wearing into the spider is normally caused by clutch weight bushings that are long overdue for replacement. It normally wears the roller abnormally at the same time. At this point If you only change the weight bushings or weight the new bushing will wear out prematurely because the roller is now worn abnormally. At minimum I would rebuild the entire clutch and have it ballanced for miles of problem free clutch operation.


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Lifetime Membership
Nov 2, 2017
Roberts, MT
As mentioned, worn out bushings cause the weights to rock side to side and contact the spider. Doesn't make for smooth clutch action and will probably affect the balance. You might get away with just new bushings and shims, but if it were me, I'd send it somewhere for a full rebuild and balance. If the PO let the weights get that bad, it's pretty likely he didn't do much other maintenance – pretty good chance your rollers and buttons are worn too. The places that do good work are slammed this time of year, so I wouldn't delay if you can afford it. If you can manage that, you'll eliminate a huge potential problem area and likely extend the life of the motor too. Oh, and don't take it to a dealer, personal experience here...


New member
Oct 7, 2019
I ended up buying new weights. Didn't want to deal with trying to get the bearings out, and the old weights were wearing a bit. Thanks for the advice everyone!


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Premium Member
Jul 21, 2008
Bend, Oregon
Replace the bushings in the weights. You could also have your clutch serviced and rebalanced. If your missing material on the spider it will cause unbalance in your clutch.
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