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clutch clutch friction plate aluminum alloy tabs ride in slot in outer clutch hub clutch steel plate note that inside is splined to move with inner clutch hub ring gear outer clutch hub seven clutch steel plate eight clutch friction plate some motorcycles have up to eleven friction plates some have as little as seven there is always one less steel plate than friction plate why are clutch springs needed so the clutch pressure plate can apply pressure to clutch plates when the clutch lever is pulled in the pressure plate is pushed or pulled off of the clutch plates allowing the clutch to disengage splines for clutch steel plates splined to fit on end of transmission shaft posts with threaded holes transmission input shaft splined inner clutch hub splined to transmission input shaft exploded view of clutch components pressure plate pressure plate bolts clutch springs inner clutch hub