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post #1 of 13 Old 06-28-2019, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Took a spill...now using vice grips as gear shift lever. Shop quoted $94 for replace!

Last week, I took a spill on my 2008 V Strom 650 and luckily had crash bars, so only a little damage to the body. But, I picked up my bike to discover the gear shift lever had broken off. Fortunately, I had some vice grips and honestly they work just fine for the past few rides, but am hesitant to take it on anymore sketchy roads until I get it fixed.

Went by my local parts store and they quoted me $94 for a replacement! Best I could find on eBay was $75 from a seller with horrible feedback! I did some searches and it brought me to this lovely forum where people found the part for $26. Unfortunately, the listing was 1.5 yrs old and the eBay listing is no longer available.

I'm also considering an aftermarket lever with a foldable shifter so it won't break as easy if it ever happens again, but I'm concerned it won't work as well. It would be great to hear from those who have driven with both the stock and foldable and let me know which they prefer. Also, any links to reasonably priced levers would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-28-2019, 02:15 AM
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When my wife dumped her SV650 in the Green Mountain National Forest she only broke the tip from the shift lever, the part you hit your foot with to shift. We couldn't find a replacement in the area, so at a local car repair shop I drilled a hole in the end of the shaft and used a bolt with the stock rubber as a substitute. It ended up being sturdier than stock and we just left it that way. I don't know how yours broke, but it's something to think about.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-28-2019, 03:09 AM
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You can get a replacement here with a foldable tip for $49.95. DL650 - Folding Foot Shift Lever

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-d...ift-lever.html

Or an original here for $70: https://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oem.../gear-shifting
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Have you perhaps read the replies to post #27 of https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-d...sue-help.html? There are a few temp solutions to get a person back on the road until a suitable replacement part can sourced.
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When my wife dumped her SV650 in the Green Mountain National Forest she only broke the tip from the shift lever, the part you hit your foot with to shift. We couldn't find a replacement in the area, so at a local car repair shop I drilled a hole in the end of the shaft and used a bolt with the stock rubber as a substitute. It ended up being sturdier than stock and we just left it that way. I don't know how yours broke, but it's something to think about.
That's an interesting idea. It surely would work but I'm not sure I want anything to look rigged on my bike. The pic I saw it didn't look bad but still look a little rigged. Were you able to make it look good? You have a point about being strong! Probably would have just bent the gear shifter if I had a steel bolt!
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I dropped my 06 wee in the garage and broke the ball tip off the brake lever, went on Ebay and found a pair of replacement levers in black with adjusters for less than $30 (not sure exactly) and I was having a sticky lever problem with the brake lever and now that's gone and I have adjustable levers and love them! I can try to dig up more info if you need...
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I dropped my 06 wee in the garage and broke the ball tip off the brake lever, went on Ebay and found a pair of replacement levers in black with adjusters for less than $30 (not sure exactly) and I was having a sticky lever problem with the brake lever and now that's gone and I have adjustable levers and love them! I can try to dig up more info if you need...
Wow both sides for $30? Not sure if 06 will fit 08, in fact I think not, but please provide a link!
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That must be for hand levers, not foot?
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Some links to adjustable shorty HANDLEBAR levers.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-Brake-C...AeFD1YlhzVqKIA
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shorty-Clut...aCQ5bqc2P_Bz8Q

And another for a gearshift foot lever.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUZUKI-V-ST...8AAOSwB-1Y5AjA

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Brockie seems to have found some good stuff there...I guess I misread gear shift lever and thought clutch lol I guess cause I broke my brake lever haha but there are lots of inexpensive levers out there and parts in general I find, stroms are so common...
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