clutch lever



11 replies to this topic
  • flyinguitars

Posted January 16, 2001 - 09:42 AM

#1

anybody know if its possible to bend the stock cluth lever back into shape without breaking it? I had a little spill the other day on some ice and mine is now shaped like a "u". I know there only about 10 bucks for a replacement, just thought Id ask.
Mike

  • Taffy

Posted January 16, 2001 - 10:11 PM

#2

i bend mine to that shape as soon as i get them. i ride with two fingers on the bars ALL the time. love it!

Taffy

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted January 16, 2001 - 10:17 PM

#3

I bend my levers back all the time. I take the lever off the perch and bolt it to a hole in a piece of angle iron on my utility trailer. I take the handle off my floor jack , slip the end of the handle over the lever and slowly work the lever back into shape. I have never had one break this way. I highly recommend taking the lever out of the perch though, because the perch will probably break before the lever will.

Paul

  • JBM

Posted January 16, 2001 - 02:25 PM

#4

I too have bent mine back about 3 times. I keep a new replacement lever on hand to use for an example to get the bent one back to the right shape. I also have it in case I break it bending it back. I take the lever off and put it in a vise to bend back. I haven't broken one yet.

  • Hick

Posted January 16, 2001 - 03:13 PM

#5

Wow, you guys are pretty high-tech!

I use a big hammer and the nearest hard, flat surface (the floor). I’ve done this twice on the original brake lever and did not break it, but that is probably strictly a function of the fact that I pre-purchased a Moose replacement.

So if you NEVER want to break another lever just buy a replacement now and your stocker is a lock to last the life of the bike (unless you lose the replacement you bought).

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted January 17, 2001 - 03:41 AM

#6

If you heat the lever it moves alot easier. Im not sure but heating may take the "temper out" though.

Nick

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  • MrMXer

Posted January 17, 2001 - 03:56 AM

#7

I normally have a spare lever with me all the time. If I bend one, I put the new one on and take the bent one back home. Once home, I use a vise with smooth alum. jaws to straighten the lever. I put the lever in the vise and use shims to support the lever and get the desired bend I am looking for. Now you can tighten the vise slowly until the lever is bent to the proper position. One more note.. I installed a honda lever and perch on mine.. I like the feel as compared to the stock, however, you do loose the on-the-fly adjuster

  • teamtoxic

Posted January 17, 2001 - 04:37 AM

#8

I've bent a few levers in my time. The best way that I've found to bend levers back to how they're supposed to be is by first heating them up with a torch and, with a hammer, tapping it strait. The level is less prone to breaking if you heat it up first.

Like everyone else said, always keep a replacement. When I bend a level, I'll put a new one on and keep he old one as a spare.

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I'm 15 and ride a 2000 YZ426F. Its a little cold here in MI so for now its I have to deal with a 1996 Yamaha XT .600

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted January 17, 2001 - 06:28 AM

#9

The best way to bend levers back is to not bend them in the first place. I put a set of bark busters on my bike and haven't bent a lever or bars since. I've hit so hard a few times that I had to bend my bark busters back. They save the bars because when your bike hits the ground it will slide instead of sticking in the ground.

Nick

  • holeshot

Posted January 17, 2001 - 11:39 AM

#10

I use Hick's method, but with a big rubber mallet and a piece of wood for the flat surface.

  • flyinguitars

Posted January 17, 2001 - 01:20 PM

#11

Good....it can be done! Thanks for the replys, Im going to order a replacement to keep in the truck and try heating and bending my stocker tonight. Any suggestions on handguards? I do a lot of woods riding plus they look really cool. My buddy just got the acerbis (spelling?) ones with the metal reinforced plastic. I think he paid about 80.00 at our local prick dealer.
Thanks,
Mike

[This message has been edited by flyinguitars (edited 01-17-2001).]

  • Tim

Posted January 17, 2001 - 07:12 PM

#12

Just one quick warning if you are not experienced with heating aluminum..... It may seem like a little is good so alot must be better. BEWARE Aluminum will melt like butter if taken up hot enough. Believe me, it is a much lower melting point than steel. I am in the same boat as Hick. I use a hard plastic mallet and a tree, rock or bumper near by. Have even done crude bend backs with two cresent wrenched right on the bike.





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