Smart clutch? How cool would it be to have a fully functioning manual clutch on your ATV that could automatically and seamlessly work like an auto
clutch when you lock up the brakes, enter a turn in the
wrong gear, or are just feeling tired or lazy? Truth be
told, Rekluse has been making auto clutches for sport
ATVs and dirt bikes for over a decade. In 2002, owner Al
Youngwerth was a computer engineer with a motorcycle
addiction and an idea for a better clutch design. Acting
on his vision, he developed the first prototype at a local
machine shop, and it worked.
A functioning auto clutch wasn’t all there was to
Rekluse’s vision. After a decade of developments and
improvements, the Rekluse CORE EXP 3.0 has gone from
being “that auto-clutch thing that some of the GNCC guys
• 8mm and 10mm sockets
• Flat-blade screwdriver
• 27mm and 32mm
• 4mm, 5mm and 8mm
• Torque wrench
• Channel-lock pliers
• Impact wrench
run” to the clutch that is found in almost a dozen SX con-
tenders’ bikes, as well as the factory KTM/FMF bikes that
were winning ISDEs, hare and hounds, and other champi-
onships with riders like the late, great Kurt Caselli.
The Core EXP 3.0 offers riders a big advantage by
eliminating clutch-related stalls, improving durability by
reducing friction and heat, and improving traction. The
latest EXP 3.0 is designed to get the power to the ground
efficiently without slipping. Can you say “traction control?”
With the 3.0 finding its way into the SX, MX and off-road
nationals, Rekluse now has a West Coast representative
living in SoCal, providing hands-on support at all the West
Coast SX events. We caught up with Rekluse’s Austin
Paden for a hands-on demonstration of how simple
installation and setup really is.
The first step is to set everything up for the project. The Rekluse
EXP 3.0 clutch utilizes your current basket and friction discs,
replacing all other clutch components. If your basket is tattered
or notched up, you should replace it at this time. Rekluse offers
a high-quality billet clutch basket, as well as replacement fiber
friction discs. Turn off the fuel petcock, and, with it in gear, prop
your ATV up with two box stands as shown.
CLUTCH Turn a 450R into an automatic in an hour!
Make sure you have a clean workbench or flat surface available, and lay out all the new parts to make sure you have
everything before getting started. Remove the 8mm Allen from
the brake-pedal pivot, then disconnect the return spring and
swing the pedal out of the way. Remove all six 8mm bolts
from the quick-change clutch cover and remove the cover.
By Nick Nelson