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post #1 of 9 Old 08-08-2016, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Do 2012 brake/clutch levers fit 2015 too?

I want to replace my naked aluminum levers with anodized or powdercoated ones. There are lots on amazon.com but they seem to be for the 2011-2012 model years. Will these fit the 2015s as well?

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2011-2012 is wrong. It's 2004-2011, then 2012-2016(so far). I just put these adjustable shorty lever on my '15DL650XT with zero issues:
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Powder coating is a lot more durable. I powder coated my levers satin black a few years ago and they still look pretty darn good. Black anodize tends to fade to a purpleish brown. Powder coating is quite thicker than anodize, so you'll probably have to mask off the pivoting areas so it fits back together afterwards. Or you could just scrape areas that came out too thick but it's not easy, and ream out coated holes with a proper sized drill (fine the right size drill bits before coating). I've also powder coated rearsets and foot pegs and still holding up well.
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Powdercoating is easy to remove with paint stripper, just make sure that you don't get it on anything else. I use a q-tip to apply it to small areas or holes to remove powdercoating.
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The level of aesthetic here is amazing. I wear gloves and have factory hand guards on the bike. For all intents and purposes I don't see or think about the levers.
When I admire myself in the business picture glass windows as I go by I can't see too many details either.
Then again, when I was finished polishing the aluminum engine cases on my '55 Ariel I would sit and admire the sheen.
But the Strom is no Huntmaster.
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The level of aesthetic here is amazing. I wear gloves and have factory hand guards on the bike. For all intents and purposes I don't see or think about the levers.
When I admire myself in the business picture glass windows as I go by I can't see too many details either.
Then again, when I was finished polishing the aluminum engine cases on my '55 Ariel I would sit and admire the sheen.
But the Strom is no Huntmaster.
For me the issue is my gloves. My left gloves and the first two fingers of my right gloves are stained black from oxides off the stock levers.
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I wear light, buck, colored gloves and I've never noticed the levers staining them. What the Hey?
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I wear light, buck, colored gloves and I've never noticed the levers staining them. What the Hey?
Check out the original levers on your project bike (if you still have them)
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Haven't gotten to levers yet. I'm waiting for fork tubes from Italy.
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