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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:56 am 
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Hi All

I'm wanting to make the clutch lighter to pull in, has anyone used to EziPull Clutch Lever Assist Kit? Or have any suggestions on how to make it easier or lighter and are their clutch leavers better then stock that will help?.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:05 am 
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I tried a few options:

1. Easy pull clutch lever. There are many available with different brand names. Righteous Stunt Clutch being one of the better known ones. The one I had cost 40 bucks on ebay and I got two of them. Either way it doesn't matter. They all work by increasing the leverage. While this lever did make the clutch easier to pull, the lever needed to be a long way out from the bar. Unless you have Gigantor's hands, like me, you are not going to be able to reach the lever. While the reach is adjustable, having it set closer to the bar meant the clutch would not fully release making finding neutral impossible, and caused a lot of stalling.
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2. Clake One Light. This lever uses a spring to take the weight out of the clutch much like how a garage door works. This solves the problem of the clutch not releasing properly due to a change in leverage. Well in theory, anyway. While the lever was feather light and ergonomically orgasmic, the clutch would simply not release properly. Though this is no fault of the Clake lever itself, but rather the 'hydraulic conversion'. It comes down to the size of the master cylinder, and the size of the provided magura slave cylinder which leads you to the same leverage problem of the $40 dollar ebay special EZpull clutch.
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In the end I went back to the stock lever. With stock clutch springs and a new cable it's not an overly heavy clutch. If you are talking stop/start traffic then I would just get into the habit of hitting neutral and rolling to a stop, then watching traffic flow/lights to engage first as late as possible thereby reducing how often you are pulling the clutch in.

If you don't have some sort of hand injury/issue then I'd also suggest one of these:
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But for a little more than the cost of the Clake One Light, you could have one of these...
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...which has a nice heavy clutch useful for building grip strength.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:31 am 
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Ride a Guzzi from the 70's or 80's around for a few hours. Not only will the clutch on the DR feel light as a feather so will the throttle.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:04 am 
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It's more for when going bush and things start to get tricky and was just wanting to use one finger on the clutch and one on the brake for a bit better control over the bike that's all, and yes there a some pretty heavy clutches out there but I'm just trying to see what there was around that's all. And thanks for the photos and and your detailed thoughts and experiences I really appreciate that save me time and cash so that's again.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:45 am 
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Install a brand new clutch cable. :good:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:13 pm 
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I'm with Jeff.

New cable, lube all pivot points and make sure the slit in the adjuster points towards the bars, so the inner cable has the straightest line possible. Really makes a difference.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:28 pm 
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I should add - use the OEM Suzuki cable.
In most other cases aftermarket clutch cables are just fine but on the DR they suck.
OEM works nice :s_wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Thanks guys

Cheers guys I might have to go into the dealer and check the difference between mine and new before replacing it just in case mine is close or as light as new and if not looks like a new one is in order. What are the best ways to free up the cable in case I can bring it back to life again if it's not already at its best.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:58 pm 
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Cable lube. Temporary

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:41 pm 
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I forgot to add that a DRZ400 clutch release arm is slightly longer and will reduce the lever effort. I was running one of those with the stock lever, the stock clutch springs and a fairly new clutch. It didn't cause release issues and makes the lever a little easier to pull.

Cheap too. I think only 30-40 bucks for a new genuine one.


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