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G: Gearbox Bending Alloy Gear Change Lever

Normski

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Hi, hope someone can help me here - I’d like to set the gearchange lever on my D a little lower. As things are if I do this it clashes with the kickstart when changing up. Can I bend the lever outwards or would it break?
 

Bill Thomas

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I made this up myself, Much the same thing, But You could bend it however You want.
The first bit , I think is the short link from a "B" Facing forward,
And just bolt the extra bit on to it,
Making a short plate going through the pivot bolt and the end bolt hole,
Then weld whatever you want.
 

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Normski

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Ian and Bill, thank you for your suggestions to add a dropped toe piece. The amount I need to bend it is very little. I’d like to try to do this first. It looks like it is bent inwards slightly from straight, I’m wary of just bending it without asking for advice. Can it be tweaked after heating? And should it break can it be welded to repair? Someone must have tried to do this.
 

stu spalding

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Hi Normski, try this, smear a bit of soap on the lever and heat the area to be bent until the soap turns black, then bend, but not too much. There have been some poor quality levers made in the past (I've broken 4)
so proceed with caution. Cheers, Stu.
 

timetraveller

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I have had one off a Comet welded with no problems at all. My advice would be to get it hot, spit bouncing off hot, and then just go for it. It sounds like you are looking for a few thou bend only.
 

teunvandriel

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I have made many straight, it's simple, just heat it with a hobby torch. But when do you know if the material has the right temperature to bend? Rub the back of a matchstick over the pedal until the wood turns brown, then straighten it.
 

Mike 40M

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The way I was taught was to lit the oxy-acetylene torch with acetylene only. Then sooting the lever. Then with a normal flame heat it until the soot disappear. Then bend the lever.
Have done it on a Japanese bike lever. Never tried it on any other lever. Done it on rearset brackets a couple of times after spills.
 

Bill Thomas

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Thanks to your thread Norm, I was not happy with the leverage on mine,
So have drilled another hole for a second Foot piece !!, So now have 2 ! ,
Making the movement more heavy !, As long as it doesn't over throw the gears ,
Might work. Cheers Bill.
 

Bill Thomas

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I have often thought about a Rocking gear change, Down for down and down for Up,
But I am a bit heavy footed !.
Funny how you get used to things you have modified, 30 years ago !!.
Riding someone's Standard Twin, I thought Christ !, This is light :D ,
But I can't use standard footrests.
 

Normski

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I have often thought about a Rocking gear change, Down for down and down for Up,
But I am a bit heavy footed !.
Funny how you get used to things you have modified, 30 years ago !!.
Riding someone's Standard Twin, I thought Christ !, This is light :D ,
But I can't use standard footrests.
I’ve got a heel and toe gearchange on a Guzzi and quite like it. Some say they originated because the Italians didn’t like using and scuffing the tops of their shiny shoes to change gear.
 

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