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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 08:37 AM
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There is another bushing that comes into play here, the one that the pivot bolt goes through in the clutch lever. Honda expects us to replace the lever as a unit when this bushing wears, but DHS Racing has the bushing and simple tool to replace. That pivot bolt should be lubed annually if you want to avoid the wear. The IsoGrips may also contribute and the adjustment number for the lever reach, that little dial up at the pivot point is another variable, if set too loose in combination with the wear and IsoGrips. Then, there is that pesky last bubble of air in the clutch bleeder area that plays gopher with you when bleeding; it helps to get that little sob out of there by running your bleed line straight up for several inches and tapping the bleed tubing with stick or such as you bleed in order to vibrate it away from the right angle bleeder. There is also the possibility of some crud stuck in that little hole in the bottom of the clutch master reservoir under the anti splash guard --- Waldo has posted pics of that several times. "Probably not" wear of the slave.


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Show Chrome heated grips diameter: can't start in gear

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I bought a set of Show Chrome heated grips that I still need to install. Wonder if they are the same diameter or ????
I have an '05 with Show Chrome heated grips. The diameter prevents the clutch lever switch from activating so I can't start the bike in gear. Trying to figure out the best way to work around this.

Anyone done a workaround for this before and willing to share it?

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I have an '05 with Show Chrome heated grips. The diameter prevents the clutch lever switch from activating so I can't start the bike in gear. Trying to figure out the best way to work around this.



Anyone done a workaround for this before and willing to share it?


Yes. I identified the contact point on the lever where it hit, but did not go far enough to trip the micro switch. I used epoxy to attach a very tiny washer to the lever at that point. I suspect even just a tiny bit of epoxy at that spot would have done the deed.

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Yes. I identified the contact point on the lever where it hit, but did not go far enough to trip the micro switch. I used epoxy to attach a very tiny washer to the lever at that point. I suspect even just a tiny bit of epoxy at that spot would have done the deed.
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Thanks Ironhorse1800

I'll have to give that a try


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Anything to watch out for when removing the clutch lever? Hope to try this fix tomorrow.

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Pretty straight forward. Hold the pivot bolt by the slotted top while removing the locking nut from underneath then pull the bolt out and the lever slides out. Note the alignment on the brass piece. The hole in it has to line up with its mate that is sticking out of the end of the master cylinder when going back together. Clean good, then give the brass bushing and pivot bolt a fresh coat of grease.

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Most farmers will always have a length of hay bale twine or a short section of fencing wire for quick repairs and to secure things temporarily. I can see you, as a new rancher, carrying around a tube of 5 minute epoxy for those quick repairs. You never know when the scope on your rifle will come loose and need to be "secured".


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Pulled the clutch lever off today and thought I would try to fix it another way. Cleaned off the area that contacts the switch and put a tiny dab of hot glue. Seemed to stick quite well. Put it back together and it works. I realize that epoxy would be more permanent but will try this for now and see how it does.

Thanks again Ironhorse for the advice and help.
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