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Thread: Control Leveres Removal and Lube

Created on: 03/08/12 07:34 PM

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Rook


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Control Leveres Removal and Lube
03/08/12 7:34 PM

Control Levers Removal and Lube

The control levers for the front brake and clutch can be lubricated. Some owners feel that it is better to leave the lever pivots unlubricated. The presence of most lubes could trap dust and cause more ware on the pivots than would happen without any lube at all. Some owners have suggested the use of silicone. The liquid in silicone spray penetrates into tight spots and later dries up and leaving a slippery silicone film which is less prone to hold dust than other lubes.

Before removing my levers, they had never been lubed. I found some ware on the clutch pivot pin. I have decided to use white lithium grease once per year because white lithium does not melt or wash off as easy as other greases. When I feel the initial coat of lithium may be depleted I will use silicone spray without disassembling the levers until the end of the riding season. When the bike is stored once again, he levers will be removed and lubed with white lithium again.

Tools:
electrical tape
10mm wrench
wide tipped straight slot screwdriver
rag
WD-40 or rust cleaner
white litheum grease
silicone spray to lube


1. Wrap the locknut pivot pin under the lever perch with a piece of electrical tape so that the finish will not be damaged. Use electrical tape to wrap a wide tipped straight slot screwdriver. Hold the pin from turning using the screw driver. Use a 10mm wrench to remove the locknut completely.


2. Use the screwdriver to thread the pivot pin out of the lever and the perch.


3. Clean the perch with a rag and WD-40. Use a rust removal product if rust has developed
within the perch and the pin and the surface of the lever that contacts the perch.


4. Pull the rubber boot out of the perch along with the push rod.


5. Clean the push rod ball and socket with a Q-tip dipped in WD-40.


6. Use white lithium grease to coat the contacting surfaces of the perch, lever and the pins and the pivot hole.


Lube the ball on the pushrod and reinsert the boot into the perch.


Lube the perch and the tip of the pushrod.


Lube the pivot pin and the pivot hole in the lever. (Note that I am replacing the OEM levers with aftermarkets).


There is an electrical piston pin switch on both the clutch and front brake perches. I would NOT lube these.


5. Remove the push rod bushing, clean and lube with white lithium grease every 3000 miles especially if you have Pazzos. A quick drop of silicone or light machine oil is better than nothing.


6. Rotate the push rod bushing in the lever so that the hole will align with the pushrod.


7. Install the lever to the perch. Apply nonpermanent thread locking agent to the threads of the pivot pin. Drop the pivot pin through the perch and lever and tighten it with the screwdriver. Tighten the locknut onto the bottom of the pivot pin threads. Wipe away excess grease.


Lever Weight

Changing levers does not save much if anything on weight. The Pazzo shorties I replaced the OEM levers with only weigh 2.1 oz less than the standeard length OEM leveres

The weight of the inexpensive Chinese levers I bought was not much more than the original Pazzos.

Chinese Pazzo copies, some related threads.



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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
11/15/14 8:06 PM

BTW, when you lube the piston pin in step 4, you can pull that rubber boot right out along with the pin. there is a ball on the other end of the pin that fits into a small cup in the master cylinder. You should lube that ball with white lithium as well or silicone grease. Someday I'll put that in the thread. The rubber boot pops right back in, just pressure fit.

Also, if you have Pazzos, I don't know if silicone spray lube is adequate for the brass bushing in step 5. Best thing to do would be to use a circlip pliers and take it out to clean it and lube with lithium often. I had a problem with this bushing sticking on my Pazzo clutch lever. I still have not figured that out yet. Some other people had the same problem while others like the Pazzos just fine. I think Pazzo should just make the lever with a non-rotating seat like the OEM levers for the ZX-14.


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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
11/19/14 8:45 PM

White lithium is GREAT stuff, I use it on my levers and brake pedal pivot. I have CRG levers on my bike, cleaned everything before installing then used lithium on all the bearing surfaces, smooth as silk!

Cleaning and re-lubing levers and pedal is something I usually do as spring maint. before first ride then don't worry about it again till the next spring.

I usually only use silicone for squeaky hinges since it doesn't have any film strength.



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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
12/10/16 3:49 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will give it another go tomorrow morning

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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
12/29/16 3:45 PM

To me: check for pic update


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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
04/28/21 1:47 AM

oh no......all photos gone.

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Rook


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RE: Control Leveres Removal and Lube
04/29/21 4:21 PM

Sorry man. My briefcase id so full I can't get any more photos in it. The photos on this thread must have been from Photobucket before they went to a paying accounts. If I knew how to put PDFs online, I'd just post links to those on my tutorials that are without pics. I believe I was about to update this too because Pazzo levers have more than just the adjuster and pivots to lube. Last winter I took out the pushrod bushing and adjuster springs to clean and lube those as well. Have pics, no way I know to make them available.

BTW, If you're into weight loss, I highly recommend Zeta Z piot pins. They are Barrel drilled Ti and I'm sure they weigh less than solid aluminum would. Very pretty gold finish too. A little expensive after they hit you with the shipping and handling but worth it for the great quality.



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