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6/27/2012 2:43 PM

So I have a federal v2 coaster...

I was at the park today and noticed that beginning to pedal at a certain point had a lot more slack than at others. I cant work out whether this is because of tight/loose spots with my chain due to sprocket/rear alignment or whether this 'skip' is an internal problem with my coasters resistors or something related.

Would appreciate some help here greatly dizzy

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6/27/2012 2:45 PM

To clarify, it seems to take longer to engage at this certain point before catching

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6/27/2012 3:04 PM

Maybe it's a loose clutch? Or something like that? I never worked on or ran a freecoaster but I looked into them a lot and maybe you clutch is far apart or something.

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6/27/2012 3:09 PM

Same thing happened to my federal coaster. I couldn't fix it, but i'm pretty sure I know what the problem was.
There's a spring inside of this thing
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I stretched it by accident when I took my hub apart, and that's when my engagement started to fuck up. Check and see if that spring is stretched, if so, you might wanna try getting a new spring that'll fit it.

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6/27/2012 3:41 PM

Damn, I had a feeling that these springs were the problem! Thanks for the input, ill have a look but I've heard the kinds of springs on these axles cant be replaced without buying a whole new axle arhghjhljf;sdf

Maybe ill just wait till I have some money and go back to cassette ermm

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6/27/2012 4:11 PM

First off, please tell me you take care of your coaster.
Now, there is too much friction in between the clutch and driver, or there is too little friction on the friction generating ball bearings that PBJsammich posted.
You first want to take all the grease out of the driver threads and clutch threads, and replace it with some dry chain lube.
Next you want to unscrew the bolts that PBJ showed us, but only about 1/8 to 1/4 turn each. You want the clutch to still fit over them, but tightly. Put a blob of grease on the little BB's that stick out, and put it back together.
I had the same problem in the winter, if I left my bike in the garage, and it got down to 25º the next day I could get up to 3/4 crank of slack. Also, as the clutch gets worn out on the inside, there is less friction from the friction creating ball bearings, so your clutch will just spin with the driver, instead of sliding up the screw threads.

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I know this is a chain tool, but what am i gunna do wit' it?

6/29/2012 11:56 AM

Haha nah im not careless with it, I've been regreasing monthly since I got it.
Thanks for these instructions man, ill open up the internals and adjust the resistors

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6/29/2012 1:29 PM

I followed everything you said and the result.. NO SKIP

thanks so much for the help man

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6/29/2012 1:40 PM

haha, ive NEVER cleaned my freecoaster and i havent had any problems with it X3

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6/29/2012 1:45 PM

lucky guy, how long you been running it?

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3/14/2018 1:23 AM

weaver wrote:

First off, please tell me you take care of your coaster.
Now, there is too much friction in between the clutch and driver, or there is too little friction on the friction generating ball bearings that PBJsammich posted.
You first want to take all the grease out of the driver threads and clutch threads, and replace it with some dry chain lube.
Next you want to unscrew the bolts that PBJ showed us, but only about 1/8 to 1/4 turn each. You want the clutch to still fit over them, but tightly. Put a blob of grease on the little BB's that stick out, and put it back together.
I had the same problem in the winter, if I left my bike in the garage, and it got down to 25º the next day I could get up to 3/4 crank of slack. Also, as the clutch gets worn out on the inside, there is less friction from the friction creating ball bearings, so your clutch will just spin with the driver, instead of sliding up the screw threads.

Did you have to do anything once the temp got higher? I feel like I’m having this problem too due to the cold.

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3/14/2018 4:36 AM

weaver wrote:

First off, please tell me you take care of your coaster.
Now, there is too much friction in between the clutch and driver, or there is too little friction on the friction generating ball bearings that PBJsammich posted.
You first want to take all the grease out of the driver threads and clutch threads, and replace it with some dry chain lube.
Next you want to unscrew the bolts that PBJ showed us, but only about 1/8 to 1/4 turn each. You want the clutch to still fit over them, but tightly. Put a blob of grease on the little BB's that stick out, and put it back together.
I had the same problem in the winter, if I left my bike in the garage, and it got down to 25º the next day I could get up to 3/4 crank of slack. Also, as the clutch gets worn out on the inside, there is less friction from the friction creating ball bearings, so your clutch will just spin with the driver, instead of sliding up the screw threads.

iateanappleonce wrote:

Did you have to do anything once the temp got higher? I feel like I’m having this problem too due to the cold.

Welcome to the forum iateanappleonce! Just wanted to let you know that this thread is from 2012. I assume you used the search feature to try to solve a problem you are having. Problem is, nearly all the people on this thread are fairly inactive. The practice of replying to old threads is called "gravedigging" & is generally frowned upon. Don't sweat it. You aren't the first & won't be the last but you would be better served if you just start a new thread stating you problem & asking for help.

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