F800GS Clutch lever replacemnent advice

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by riisor, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. riisor

    riisor n00b

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    Argh! only 3 days old and I dropped my bike. I need to replace the clutch lever. Should I simply replace it with factory unit or is there a preferred aftermarket replacement? Is this repair simple for a newbie cheeze like me (my fathers a radio repair man --he 's got an excellent set of tools!)

    regards

    riisor
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  2. Barnacle

    Barnacle Lurker Extraordinaire

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    I think you want a set of these:

    http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/motorcycle/F800GS/vario_lever_F800.html

    <img src=http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/8160648-654.jpg />


    Two finger bliss! And that's what she said.....
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  3. ovenking

    ovenking Unfloppable

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    Also check out Pazzo levers. Cheaper than the Wunderlichs, but then again they do not adjust for length, just for reach.

    They make long and short versions. I personally always use two fingers on both levers and have the Pazzo shorties, and they are a huge improvement over the stock levers.

    You should be able to pick up a set or single lever directly from them or from a dealer (which I did for less than MSRP), plus you get to customise your colours.

    As for replacement of the clutch lever, it's really simple. The only tool you'll really need is a screwdriver to remove a single bolt on the clutch housing, and the rest is easy peasy.
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  4. TireIron

    TireIron n00b

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    +1 I just installed a set of Vario levers. Very easy install and adjust for reach and length. Has made shifting and breaking more ergonomically correct for me. They are spendy; make sure you get a set of bark busters or similar for protection.
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  5. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Hopefully the new lever will make it easier on Mr. Hand....
    No advice just liked the movie reference in your post. Saw that flick a million times as a youth....


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  6. Willwork4F800GS

    Willwork4F800GS Adventurer

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    Had the same thing happen on my third day with the GS, called BMW to see how much they wanted for a clutch lever.... $80.00 USD!?!?

    Went into the garage and smoked a butt while filing the edge down, I will probably investigate the Wunderlich lever's at a later date (currently have some other farkle qued for purchase)... I have their 800GS tank bag which is extremely well built and designed. Don't think you could go wrong with the Wunderlich levers.
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  7. replicant

    replicant consummate n00b

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    Same thing happened to me. Tipped over in the first week, broke 1" off the clutch lever. Ended up riding with it for 4 months while shopping around. The aftermarket stuff is basically as expensive as OEM, and since I didn't want short levers or to replace both levers I shelled out for the OEM replacement.
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  8. Waino

    Waino Adventurer

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    My 2 cents is to put a set of Barkbusters at the top of your farkle list. They protect your levers and a whole lot else. Worth every penny.
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  9. KnuckC

    KnuckC F8er

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    Originally posted by TireIron:

    +2 I agree with everything he said. Better control. Put one on brake as well and definitely get hand guards.
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  10. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    I also have the vario levers. I like them, but if you are happy with the stock lever, just sand the paint off and have the knob welded back on. I can't believe that would cost much, especially if you've done the prep work. If you broke it at the perch, well, sorry to hear that.
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  11. GrommettAZ

    GrommettAZ Adventurer

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    Wunderlich has instructions for their lever installation online...just follow that...piece of cake. I keep stock because a single stock replacement is half the cost of a set of new levers. TTech handguards offer no protection to the lever...have broken two levers with those on.
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  12. Herr Bae M. Vae

    Herr Bae M. Vae Insurgent Squirrel

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    ...and of course there's the old trick of loosening the brake and clutch perches slightly so that in the event of a crash they rotate on the bars instead of breaking. And of course you should have some hand guards to avoid breaking levers...and fingers. :1drink
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  13. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    +1 on Pazzos and handguards.

    I have had my shorty Pazzos on for about three years, and absolutely love them. They were still too long for me, so I moved the perches inboard an inch or two too.

    But don't mention Wunderlich to me right now .... :nah
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  14. motosickle2000

    motosickle2000 Been here awhile

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  15. Nictrolis

    Nictrolis Been here awhile

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    Sweet - I was looking at this a while back, they said they didn't have one that fit for the brake lever. Or clutch... I forget which. Seems strange, I wouldn't think they'd be different... but anyway, looks like they do both now, that's cool.
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