"Floating" clutch friction pads? What does that mean?

torus

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Hi,

I bought some replacement clutch pads after riding my clutch hard for a year. I keep seeing people talk about trimming the pads down so they 'float'. What does this mean?

Should they be thinner than stock? Or be smaller than the hole/depression they are inserted into?

Why exactly should this be done?
 

ZipTie

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They should be slightly smaller than the depressions. Floating is better as it allows each clutch pad to angle itself a bit for more surface contact, at least that's the theory. It also allows each pad to not jam into the hole thus being flattened as its stuck in a hole. Each little pad can be more independent then, if that makes any sense