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Shimming a hydraulic clutch?

Hi friends! If my clutch actuation is too close to the handlebars (yes, bled with new fluid), can I place a small shim in the slave cylinder to move it in the lever throw? Does that sound like an awful idea? I can't come up with any other ideas to move the sweet spot further out.

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I don't think that's going to work. The hydraulic system is self-adjusting so the length of the pushrod assembly, and the thickness of the clutch plates doesn't matter: The lever throw will always be the same. That's why, on a DL1000, you never have to adjust the clutch when the plates wear. (The DL650 has a cable operated clutch that does require adjustment every now and then.)

The only place where you can adjust the throw of the lever is on the lever itself. You'd have to put a shim in there somewhere. You did play with the lever adjustments, didn't you?

Most people on here complain about the actuation point being too far away, so they want to adjust it inwards. If you want to adjust it outwards, didn't the previous owner already make an adjustment maybe? In that case, replacing with new OEM parts might just achieve what you want.
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I don't think that's going to work. The hydraulic system is self-adjusting so the length of the pushrod assembly, and the thickness of the clutch plates doesn't matter: The lever throw will always be the same. That's why, on a DL1000, you never have to adjust the clutch when the plates wear. (The DL650 has a cable operated clutch that does require adjustment every now and then.)

The only place where you can adjust the throw of the lever is on the lever itself. You'd have to put a shim in there somewhere. You did play with the lever adjustments, didn't you?

Most people on here complain about the actuation point being too far away, so they want to adjust it inwards. If you want to adjust it outwards, didn't the previous owner already make an adjustment maybe? In that case, replacing with new OEM parts might just achieve what you want.
You caught me. This is actually on my 2002 Bandit 1200 that I just picked up, but I figured the principle would be the same for any and all hydraulic clutches (and I didn't know a more appropriate forum to post the question). Played around with every setting on the lever. On the B12 it's uncomfortably close to the bar. On both my DL1000s it's been way out and I like that much better than way in. I was just thinking there might be slack between the slave cyl and the pushrod that was eating up lever travel. Alas!

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There's a pin between the lever and the hydraulics. A longer pin will solve your problem.
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