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Offline richagpalmer

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Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:22:50 pm »
Is there a way to adjust the tension of my clutch lever ?
I have a 2012
Not looking for distance to my handlebar...
My wrists get tired from using the clutch and would like it to be easier to pull in.

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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 03:49:58 pm »
Since it's hydraulic (like both front and rear brakes), the short answer is no.

Longer "answer" would include changing master or slave cylinder, getting longer lever or weaker clutch springs. Those would of course increase the risk of clutch slippage.
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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 06:27:30 pm »
Changing the master cylinder isn't hard. There are several aftermarket units available. Just be sure to get one that has a larger volume output than OEM. You can even get rotatory ones that are adjustable but they cost $$$.
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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 07:03:06 pm »
If you want to lessen the force on the lever side, shouldn't the master cylinder actually be smaller than OEM? Like on a floor jack, small cylinder pumps fluid to a larger one and the smaller the master (or larger the slave), the less force is needed. Travel would be then less too, of course. Or am I missing something here? (would not be the first time  ::) ..)
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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 10:38:07 pm »
Is the lever at the proper angle? Try loosening the bar clamp and rotate a bit to change the lever position.

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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2018, 04:17:00 am »
Jal3, you are correct. I meant to say variable volume but my stupid fingers(controlled by my lax brain) said larger. As you pointed out it's the ratio that determines force required but if the volume is incorrect the clutch will either drag or you'll potentially blow the seals on the slave.
  I've changed both the clutch and brake levers on my 09 with "Short" ones and have them adjusted to the closest position (shortest pull) possible. This does three things, 1st the "Perceived" force is lessened, 2nd the clutch engages sooner and 3rd it's easier to place just two fingers on the brake lever while using the remaining three fingers to work the throttle.


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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2018, 06:16:55 pm »
i went with a set of pazzo levers. the so called longer ones, although they are really shorter than  stock with ,to me, a much more comfy angle. with quick lever adjustments. not cheap but with my arthritic digits much easier on the hands,, ;)
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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 06:59:20 pm »
i went with a set of pazzo levers. the so called longer ones, although they are really shorter than  stock with ,to me, a much more comfy angle. with quick lever adjustments. not cheap but with my arthritic digits much easier on the hands,, ;)
I got a set of the shortys from Pazzo. Awesome levers.

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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 07:34:39 pm »
Try http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/Kawasaki_Clutch_Slave_Cylinders.html


Interesting.... thank you greatly.... :great: :great:

I can see this being a very nice item to put on our replacement part section, as rebuilding the OEM costs about half the price of that nice unit...clean looking, and at $128.73 U.S.D., not a bad price...

Only question I would have, is what replacement seals do they have in stock, for future repairs of that unit when it comes time...

I do like that gear tho... I have to download the install pdf to see what internal spring is required also, whether the OEM kaw part works or not, as those do tend to become a bit "relaxed" over time.

I do see they have a "lifetime warranty", if needed, but I can't imagine how long it would take to get a replacement back.
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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2018, 08:44:45 pm »
 Get some of these and use when driving the car ,  it works

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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2018, 09:01:18 pm »
Try http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/Kawasaki_Clutch_Slave_Cylinders.html


Interesting.... thank you greatly.... :great: :great:

I can see this being a very nice item to put on our replacement part section, as rebuilding the OEM costs about half the price of that nice unit...clean looking, and at $128.73 U.S.D., not a bad price...

Only question I would have, is what replacement seals do they have in stock, for future repairs of that unit when it comes time...

I do like that gear tho... I have to download the install pdf to see what internal spring is required also, whether the OEM kaw part works or not, as those do tend to become a bit "relaxed" over time.

I do see they have a "lifetime warranty", if needed, but I can't imagine how long it would take to get a replacement back.


I would say, keep the stock master cylinder for just such an occasion.

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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2018, 09:17:16 pm »
Try http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/Kawasaki_Clutch_Slave_Cylinders.html


Interesting.... thank you greatly.... :great: :great:

I can see this being a very nice item to put on our replacement part section, as rebuilding the OEM costs about half the price of that nice unit...clean looking, and at $128.73 U.S.D., not a bad price...

Only question I would have, is what replacement seals do they have in stock, for future repairs of that unit when it comes time...

I do like that gear tho... I have to download the install pdf to see what internal spring is required also, whether the OEM kaw part works or not, as those do tend to become a bit "relaxed" over time.

I do see they have a "lifetime warranty", if needed, but I can't imagine how long it would take to get a replacement back.


I would say, keep the stock master cylinder for just such an occasion.


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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2018, 09:29:07 pm »
Try http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/Kawasaki_Clutch_Slave_Cylinders.html




 :)) :)) :)) :)) :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

If u saw my garage, and my "parts collections", you would understand that point is a no brainer.... :beerchug:
Hell, I cut the power cables off of every electrical device I toss out... just for spares... :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

My dad was a "hoarder", and tought me well... I've refined this into a finer art of "selective hoarding"... ;)


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Re: Clutch Lever Tension adjustment
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2018, 10:59:43 pm »
Thanks
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