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August 1, 2016

The Ultimate Guide To Install Shorty Levers On A Motorcycle

What Are Shorty Levers?

The stock motorcycle levers that come with every motorcycle are large, bulky, and hard to pull. As a result of this, it was only a matter of time before motorcycle racing companies decided to come up with a better solution. One of the solutions companies came up with was coined “shorty levers”.

These are levers that have a shorter lever distance and are easier to pull because the friction point is closer to the cable. In addition, they provide greater sizing flexibility than most stock models. If you have ever been stuck in traffic, and had a hand cramp or gotten tired having to constantly play with the clutch or brake lever in stop-n-go traffic, these are the perfect solution for you.

There are many reasons to switch to shorty levers as opposed to keeping stock levers, but they are hands down one of the best modifications you can make to your bike that takes less than fifteen minutes to do. If professional motorcycle riders who race use them, you can rest assured that these style of levers do what they intend to do, make the ride a little easier.

Shorty levers come in a variety of different colors and combinations that you can look into, which might make you switch to them a little bit sooner as well to match the paint scheme and color coordination with the rest of your gear and motorcycle.

The shorty levers we recommend are the Pazzo Racing Levers. Each lever has a different production style, so you are going to have to look up your particular make and model to determine which Pazzo Racing Lever will be appropriate for your bike.

Once you have received your new Pazzo Racing Shorty Levers, the time has come for you to take those raunchy old stock levers off your bike, and install the new ones with a few simple steps.

5 Steps To Install Shorty Levers On A Motorcycle

Step 1: Gather The Tools

Most bikes have the same format when replacing the levers, so you will have to gather a set of tools to make the switch relatively easy. The tools we recommend you have are a large flathead screwdriver, a 10mm wrench or socket, and needle nose pliers.

Step 2: Start With The Brake Side Lever

The brake side is going to be much easier than the clutch side. The reason being is that most brake levers engage a brake switch, which applies the brakes. Models nowadays do not have a separate cable, so all that needs to be done is removing the screw that attaches the brake lever to the perch.

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Carefully remove the lever from the perch and set it aside. Make sure to keep the screws you took out earlier, as you will use them again.

Take the new brake lever, and use the small dowel they provided, and piece it back together. Make sure that you fit the new dowel and the brake lever so that there is no free play up and down. Once you have placed the lever back into its position, go ahead and replace the existing screw and nut.

Apply the correct torque that is from factory specifications for your particular bike. Now you have one side down, it's time to move to the clutch side.

Step 3: The Clutch Side Lever

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The clutch side lever takes a little bit more work when compared to the brake lever. The good news is that it is still one hundred percent doable even with the few tools we mentioned.

The first thing that you want to do is remove the 10mm nut using the 10mm wrench or socket, and loosen the clutch cable until there is some slack and it is possible to remove.

From there, you want to use a pair of needle-nose pliers and carefully remove the cable from the lever. Be gentle to both the cable and the anchor. You do not want to fray or rip the cable, as replacing clutch cables is an expensive and very difficult job.

Once you have the clutch cable removed, set it aside briefly until we have to use it again. Remove the stock bushing that is with your current clutch lever, and set it aside with your old screw and nut. Take your new shorty lever, install the clutch cable first and make sure that the cable is not twisted, frayed, or applied with too much pressure.

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Replace the old bushing into the new lever pivot point, and proceed to reinstall the lever with the old screw and nut. Make sure the cable is in the same housing that it was before, and is not being twisted, manipulated or scrunched in areas that it shouldn’t be.

Once you have successfully installed the new lever, you have to adjust the clutch cable tension to make it tighter according to factory specification and owner manuals.

Each clutch cable has a few millimeters of play that needs to be involved, so make sure you take the time to adjust properly. Adjust slowly, so as to not tighten too far, and then strain the cable when you realize you’ve gone too far.

Step 4: Lever Adjustments

Once you have successfully installed both levers, you can not manipulate the positioning of the levers according to how you would like them to be. You can choose to have the lever close to the grips, far away from the grips, or somewhere in the middle.

Step 5: Test Drive

With the bike in neutral, pump the front brake lever a few times to make sure it is working properly. Check to make sure that the brake light is illuminating properly and the brake lever is engaging.

Take the bike out for a short spin and test the clutch lever. Make sure that the clutch is engaging and disengaging properly.

Final Thought

You have no successfully installed new Pazzo Racing Shorty Levers to your motorcycle in a few quick simple steps that didn’t take too long. You now have two levers who are easier to pull, add a little bit of flair, and provide more adjustment opportunities than those bulky stock levers.

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