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post #1 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is JB Weld a good idea?

Hello folks,
I tipped over my dl 650 abs. The only damage was to the hand brake lever---the ball at the end broke off. I went to the dealer and they want $79.00 for a new one. I said to them that I would pass on the purchase and try JBWeld . They said that would be a dangerous thing to do.
I have been ridding this way for a couple of weeks.
Are the people at dealer's correct? Any advice will help
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 06:17 PM
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I don't see it as dangerous. Check out http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...l650_hand_cont though. There are differences between ABS and non ABS levers that are not well documented so call first.

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The J.B. will probably give you a pretty good mend. Just that if you really grab the lever it could break off. Would that effect your being able to stop?
Your call on that. You could J.B. Weld a small piece of aluminum stock to the top surface of the lever for added strength. Personally I wouldn't pay the money for a new lever.
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I'm on my 2nd replacement from motion pro, off the internet

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/14-0415/

Perfect fit, minutes to install, for me don't want to have to think the lever might snap while hard braking. They haev 2 versions, the expensive one is $20 plus shipping
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'" The only damage was to the hand brake lever---the ball at the end broke off."
So why are you fretting about the Ball end ? it only adds to the length 3/4 of an inch and you do not usually grab that far down the lever anyway.. take a moment to remove both levers and remove the clutch lever ball end, and smooth out the ends...

I mean, come on ...its a wee! they are " no balls" bikes at best

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If it is just the ball I wouldn't worry about it. The ball is there for a reason thought; to keep your fingers from slipping off the lever so you should be aware of that.

But, many motocross levers are 'ball less' any way. If more than the ball broke off I would replace the lever. Just the ball then I would leave it.

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The only reason the ball is on the end is to prevent the thing from stabbing somebody by accident. It is not important to operation and is even weakened at the connection to the lever to be sacrificial.

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I had a DRZ and broke off the ball end of the clutch lever. I made a jb-weld ball about the size of a pinball, made a little indentation in it then pushed it over the broken lever. Smoothed everything out let it dry over night and it worked great for years.

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We have several "non-dealer" or used-bike dealers locally who also stock and order parts. It seems to me that I can get them to order almost any OEM part for about 60% of the MSRP asking price at the Suzuki dealer here in town. They will order the part I request, call me when it arrives, and if it doesn't fit or I don't like it, I don't have to pay for it. That's their deal. I haven't had to refuse anything yet, but I like their attitude!

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Jerry, I have an 07 non abs and did exactly the same thing a few months back. I too was horrified with how proud Suzuki was over their replacement levers. I bought the Parts Unlimited Lever GreyWolf was pointing you to (http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...l650_hand_cont). I have hand guards on my bike and initially it looked as if they were not going to fit. After some careful study, I realized that if I turned the bolt over that holds the adjustable piece to the main lever, it would fit. It was a little tricky to do but works just fine. Again, however, this may not be the case with the ABS unit and I don't know if you have handguards or not. Just thought I would mention what worked for me. Oh, and I ordered the part at my local dealership and didn't have to pay shipping either. They buy all kinds of stuff from Parts Unlimited.

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