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Replacement of clutch lever - 1988 Honda VT 800

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  • joey1more Sep 11, 2010

    I don't know where the clutch cable is. I don't know if there is one. In any case I don't know where to access it. There is a hydraulic "master cylinder". It looks like when the lever is squeezed it pushes against a plunger.


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Remove the nut on the underside of the lever where it pivots on the handle bar while holding a screwdriver to the top slotted bolt to prevent it from turning(Some are not slotted and you'll need a second wrench). When the bottom nut is almost completely off tap it a couple times to force the bolt upward . Remove the nut and then pull the bolt while holding onto the lever to prevent it from dropping out. The pushrod may fall out so watch for it! Remove the pushrod bush from the old lever. When assembling grease the bush and pivot bolt. Insert the bush into the new lever. Fit the pushrod to the bush (keep it in place with some grease in the receptacle in the bush). Refit the lever to the housing by lining up and inserting the pushrod first. Finally line up the lever hole with the housing hole and refit the bolt, tighten the nut and you're done.

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Remove the lever rubber cover if present.
Pull the clutch cable out using long nose plyers and release it.
Loosen the lever retaining bolt.
Remove mounting bolt and nut.
Place cable into new lever and replace the lever with cable in.
Adjust the retaining bolt.
Ensure that lever play is between 10 and 20 mm.
Check clutch operation.
Do further adjustments using upper adjuster only if needed. See the extract from service manual below:

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