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post #1 of 6 Old 06-06-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Clutch Lever replacement

Slight mishap unloading the dl 1000 from a trailer. Broke the knob off the clutch lever.I never replaced a hydraulic clutch lever before. Anything I should particulary look out for?? Also, where is a good place to order the replacement online.?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-06-2011, 06:41 PM
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Al...you don't have to break the clutch hydraulics to replace the lever; just remove the pivot bolt. When installing the new one, the clutch master cylinder actuator plunger just slides into a slot in the lever. Reinstall pivot blot and you're good to go.

That was the easy part; the hard part is deciding if you want to buy an OEM Suzuki replacement lever, or some after-market manufacturer, and if you want it as long as the stock one, or shorter (and less prone to break in the future).

The OEM lever is about $45.00 from Oneida Suzuki or any of the other OEM part suppliers. Plus you pay shipping. There are many, many different after-market brands on e-bay or just google DL1000 clutch lever. In fact, I think there is a good thread right here in this great forum on alternative levers (but I'm too lazy to search!).

Personally, I'm not replacing any more clutch/brake levers with OEM. Too expensive, too long, and too easily broken to justify. I smoothed off the broken end of my last broken clutch lever and eventually will replace it with a shorter version whenever I get some spare $$.

Good luck with whatever choice you make!

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Personally, I'm not replacing any more clutch/brake levers with OEM. Too expensive, too long, and too easily broken to justify. I smoothed off the broken end of my last broken clutch lever and eventually will replace it with a shorter version whenever I get some spare $$.
Same thing here. Broke my clutch lever over a year ago. Broke the knob and about a half inch off. Took the dremel grinder to it, smoothed it round and never looked back. I never miss that extra bit of the clutch lever.

In fact, it would probably really annoy me to have a full length clutch lever nowadays. If it wasn't for the other damage in my tipover, I'd say it was a cheap solution for a shorty clutch lever.

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My clutch lever wore out, the portion that housed the actuation plunger just snapped in 1/2 and I lost the plunger as well as the broken portion.... left with a lever flapping on the pivot bolt...


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post #5 of 6 Old 11-28-2011, 09:02 PM
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Got a set of aftermarket levers on Ebay from an Asian manufacturer for just on $40. Perfect fit, excellent machine work, comes in two lengths, adjustable clutch and brake, well packaged and arrived as quickly as stuff I've ordered from the States. Now I have one finger brakeing instead of a long sloppy crowbar ...
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-28-2011, 09:43 PM
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Ordered these last week:

Adjustable Custom Brake & Clutch Levers - Sport bike Racing Parts-Performance Sportbike Custom Levers,Rear sets,Billet Mirror,Sport bike Accessories

Placed the order on Sunday night, they shipped the very next day from Hong Kong, and sent me the tracking number from DHL. They were at my door in Texas on Thursday! And the shipping was free!

I got the shorty levers, in black. The manufacturing quality is excellent. Put them both on in about 10 minutes and went for a quick ride. Excellent feel, and overall a nice product.

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