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post #1 of 17 Old 06-20-2007, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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bent clutch lever

Wile at work today some jacka## wasn't paying atention or something and managed to knock my 02 919 over and bent the clutch lever. Would I possibly beable to bend this back by heating it first or should I try it cold??? Ive done plenty of work with steel just not aluminiumn.

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-21-2007, 12:33 AM
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Sounds like a good reason to upgrade to Pazzo levers. I tossed the idea around for quite some time due to cost of around $150, but totally love the Pazzos. I bought the short version and they really are nice. As far as bending the stock lever - I don't know if the heat will help. I would remove the lever and try to bend it in a vise, or something similar. This way you won't bend or stress any other pieces while fixing the lever.

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I'd straighten it by beating it over the jack*ss.



If you don't have any luck with it, I'm sure someone here has an old lever they would part with.

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I have bent back levers a few times after crashes. It isn't too hard, the levers are quite soft. I think all we used was a pliers.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-21-2007, 03:42 AM
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Sounds like a good reason to upgrade to Pazzo levers. I tossed the idea around for quite some time due to cost of around $150, but totally love the Pazzos. I bought the short version and they really are nice.
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These Pazzo levers are still one of my favorite mods. Perfect leverage points and the adjustability is really nice.

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As soon as you get it straight, it'll snapp off. Try heating it.

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-21-2007, 07:18 AM
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Little bit off topic, but this is one of my greatest fears... Someone tipping over my bike that is.

Always paranoid as hell about leaving it anywhere. At work I just generally pull it inside.

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As soon as you get it straight, it'll snapp off. Try heating it.
+1 been there! Sounds like pazzo's are the way to go if you have the cash.

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+1

These Pazzo levers are still one of my favorite mods. Perfect leverage points and the adjustability is really nice.
+2 Pazzo shorties. When I wrecked my bike the handlebar bent, but the shorties were short enough that they didn't touch the ground and are in perfect shape.

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well they actually found the guy that tipped my bike. I work at a casino in northern minnesota and the cameras just happened to be pointed in the right direction to see him actually knock it over almost as if on purpose. Well i promised my boss I wouldnt straiten it over his head and he got a 3 day suspension for doing it, Which jacks his check for aprox $300. And once again thanks Tom

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That's awesome! Is your security like the kind on the Ocean's movies? lol. I'm gonna start parking my bike near cameras now.

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I had 3 bent clutch levers to play with last year. First one, tried to cold bend it slowly... broke. Then took a propane torch to number two, nice and hot, slowing tried to bend it back... broke. So I took out a MAAP gas torch and got that sucker as hot as I could get it and ever so slowly...broke it.

Imagine how you'd feel coming up to a corning nice n quick and went to down shift and the lever broke... that'd be neat... and not worth the $15 savings.

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Wile at work today some jacka## wasn't paying atention or something and managed to knock my 02 919 over and bent the clutch lever. Would I possibly beable to bend this back by heating it first or should I try it cold??? Ive done plenty of work with steel just not aluminiumn.
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Nearly the same melee came of my clutch leaver. I wrapped it in a towel, clamped it in a vice and SLOWLY tapped it back into shape using a soft mallet. Aluminum is heat-treatable and if you heat it up much past 1000 deg. F, it'll turn dead-soft. Not always a good thing for something like a leaver.
Warm it up a bit, perhaps but again go slow with the re-formation.

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post #16 of 17 Old 06-21-2007, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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ok tom set me up with one so im gona just use what i got until toms gets here
thanks again everyone.

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Wile at work today some jacka## wasn't paying atention or something and managed to knock my 02 919 over and bent the clutch lever.

Is that all that happened to it?

Yuppie in a Suburban "tapped" mine and knocked it over on the kickstand side. The pavement and curb combined to do about $2k worth of damage! But, I don't think the clutch lever got too bent

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