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Old 07-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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F800GS Clutch lever replacemnent advice

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!)

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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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!)
I think you want a set of these:

http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...ever_F800.html




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Old 07-12-2010, 10:22 PM   #3
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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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Old 07-12-2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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I think you want a set of these:

http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...ever_F800.html




Two finger bliss! And that's what she said.....
+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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Old 07-13-2010, 06:47 AM   #5
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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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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!)

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Old 07-13-2010, 07:58 AM   #6
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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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Old 07-13-2010, 08:49 AM   #7
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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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Old 07-13-2010, 08:52 PM   #8
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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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Old 07-13-2010, 09:07 PM   #9
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Originally posted by TireIron:

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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.
+2 I agree with everything he said. Better control. Put one on brake as well and definitely get hand guards.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:44 AM   #10
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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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Old 07-14-2010, 10:29 PM   #11
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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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 ....
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:32 PM   #14
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Or - if you are on a budget: http://www.ebay.com/itm/the2wheels-Adjustable-Brake-Clutch-CNC-Levers-BMW-F800GS-2008-2012-/280877310781?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item416597a33d

This is $31 shipped for a clutch and brake lever set - hard to beat. I have a set on my Triumph 800XC and they are very high quality and work great. Plus - you can get them in any color combination.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:44 AM   #15
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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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