Handle Bar Lever
Do you have aebent or broken handle bar lever due to an accident that you recently had? If you do, you'd better replace it right away to bring back your bike's optimum performance. Handle bar levers are extremely important for your ride as they are the ones responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch every time you pull and release them. They shift the gears of your bike's transmission, and they are also integral to the drivetrain. Instead of taking it to the ahop for repairs, why not do it yourself? Replacing handle bar levers is relatively easy, and it will only take you about an hour or even less to finish the task. If you want to find out how, read this quick and basic installation guide to get started.
Changing the Handle Bar Lever of a Motorcycle
Tools that you'll need:
- Metric wrench set
- Metric socket set
- Flathead screwdriver
- Lithium grease
Step 1: To begin, access the clutch cable barrel adjuster by pulling the rubber covering at the end of the handle bar lever.
Step 2: Next, line up the cutouts of the barrel adjuster with the cutout of the lever by twisting the two barrels counterclockwise. As aoon as the cutouts line up, remove the cable housing of the barrel adjuster.
Step 3: After that, get the cable to pass through the lever and barrel adjuster, pulling the lever to access the rear end of the cable.
Step 4: To completely remove the cable and its housing from the lever, slide the rear end of the cable out.
Step 5: Next, use a socket and wrench to loosen and remove the clamp bolt of the handle bar lever. Once it's loose, disconnect the clamp and lever from the handle bar.
Step 6: To install the new lever, slide it in the perch and use a screwdriver to bolt in place. Secure the lever using a nut and get the socket and wrench to tighten it.
Step 7: Next, tighten the cable by adjusting and twisting it, making sure you leave some space for the lever to move.
Repair Tips and Tricks
- Remove the cable properly. When removing the old lever from your motorcycle, do not remove the cable immediately by pulling it out after you've disconnected the bolt from the lever. First, you need to make sure that the clutch cable barrel is inside the lever, and you can only take the cable out by finding the proper slot and sliding it out.
- Reuse the old bushing. Aftermarket levers usually come with a bushing.a brass component with a cylindrical shape where the bolt needs to go through. If your aftermarket component doesn't come with a new bushing, you can still use the old one. However, you need to make sure that it is clean and in good shape. Before installing it, you could also apply it with some grease.
- Grease the handle bar lever. Apply some grease on the lever before installation to ensure that it operates amoothly.