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post #1 of 35 Old 08-26-2019, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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How Can I Tell Crap Clutch Levers From Good Ones Online?

I read and reread almost EVERY clutch lever posting on this forum!!!

How can I tell which friggin one to buy? I don't want to screw such an important part up!!!!!!!!
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Are you just wanting a clutch lever? I would buy an OEM lever from an online source such as partzilla or others...provided your local dealer won't match that price.

Fit of the lever is critical as it must operate the clutch lever switch correctly.

If you are just wanting fancier aftermarket brake and clutch levers, first thing to consider is price. Too cheap and you are more likely to have fitment issues. I don't really have a brand to recommend, but the good ones won't be cheaper than OEM.

There is a lot of adjustment in OEM levers. One problem you can run into with aftermarket levers is travel. Since they are built to make it easy to grasp, it can be that some will not allow full travel of the clutch linkage or hydraulics. Same with the brake side.

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I have never thought much about using different levers but I can see why some folks might want to.
Are there other Suzuki models with different control levers that are compatible?
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I want shorter ones so they don't bash up against barkbusters etc. I can tolerate the brake, because it's adjustable, my clutch lever is the problem.
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Simple

Cut the end off of it. File/sand it smooth.

We used to do that to all the dirt bikes to keep them from snapping off!
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WERKS modified clutch baskets for DL and SV 1000's.
The BEST in chudder control, noise control, and lasting durability! AVAILABLE HERE: www.werksparts.com

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It's a combo deal. I've tried every adjustment, and I'd have to cut quite a bit off to achieve that, I think. At that point, seemed better to just get one and not "white trash" my bike....yet!
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Cut it to length you want then take multiple layers of JB weld and build the little end balls back to oem size. Then you can claim white trash, redneck, and diy all in one fell swoop. Just saying. 🏍 💨
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Take a look at these>>> https://www.amazon.com/MZS-Levers-Cl...ateway&sr=8-13
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I read and reread almost EVERY clutch lever posting on this forum!!!

How can I tell which friggin one to buy? I don't want to screw such an important part up!!!!!!!!
To answer your original question: You should consider getting a known brand from a known company which has a good return policy. Otherwise it is pretty near impossible to tell the quality and fit from photos.
I have a pair I got from BikeBandit for my SV650 and they worked with the clutch safety switch as they should. That is really the goal in the end. Some of the cheap and not-so cheap ones need a little filing, etc.
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There are other outlets, of course. Some times saving a few dollars can end up being regrettable.
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If you don't want to screw it up buy stock.
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