Chrome clutch and brake levers


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Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Straydogg » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:18 am



Looking for chrome brake and clutch levers for my 1989 GL1500. I find some that fit 1990 and newer or others that fit 1988-1989. Is there really a difference between them? If so, what is it? Thanks



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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Rodzim » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:52 am

Im not sure how much they cost but i dont think it would be a lot of cash to chrome yours, it might be worth checking prices

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:34 am

I am not sure but, the only difference seems at the finger grip designs.
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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Andy Cote » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:52 am

They do not interchange but the 88-89 is the same as a GL1200 if that helps.
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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Straydogg » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:30 am

Andy Cote wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:52 am
They do not interchange but the 88-89 is the same as a GL1200 if that helps.
Thanks for that. I'll look into it a little further.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by tnt9339 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:49 pm

Also keep in mind that some aftermarket levers do not have accurate flats for the micro switches. You may find that your cruise control will not set. if that is the case, and you want chrome, you can glue a shim to the offending flat.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by 89 1500 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:20 pm

The tabs on the levers are the differences. Newer levers will not activate microswitches properly. I'd bought some aftermarket chrome levers when I had my 89 and the chrome peeled in 2 years.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Straydogg » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:55 pm

After more investigation, I see THAT is the difference. I'll just stick with my stock ones. No sense spending $50 or so and getting the wrong ones. Thanks to all for the info.
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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Good Hondog » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:31 pm

Straydogg wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:55 pm
No sense spending $500 or so and getting the wrong ones.
WingStuff.com has them for $21.95 a pair under part number AO293646DC for your bike
Saber Cycle has them for $16.00 a pair under part number 93-637 for your bike
The pictures in both catalogs look like both places are selling the identical sets of levers.

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Post by Andy Cote » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:58 pm

Good Hondog wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:31 pm
Straydogg wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:55 pm
No sense spending $500 or so and getting the wrong ones.
WingStuff.com has them for $21.95 a pair under part number AO293646DC for your bike
Saber Cycle has them for $16.00 a pair under part number 93-637 for your bike
The pictures in both catalogs look like both places are selling the identical sets of levers.
NO!......DO NOT BUY FROM SABRE CYCLE!! :shock:


Agree with above posts that aftermarket levers are not per Honda specifications and may cause issues with the micro switches. Expect that you will need to shim the tabs and it won't be a problem.
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Re: !

Post by Straydogg » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:41 pm

Andy Cote wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:58 pm
Good Hondog wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:31 pm
Straydogg wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:55 pm
No sense spending $500 or so and getting the wrong ones.
WingStuff.com has them for $21.95 a pair under part number AO293646DC for your bike
Saber Cycle has them for $16.00 a pair under part number 93-637 for your bike
The pictures in both catalogs look like both places are selling the identical sets of levers.
NO!......DO NOT BUY FROM SABRE CYCLE!! :shock:


Agree with above posts that aftermarket levers are not per Honda specifications and may cause issues with the micro switches. Expect that you will need to shim the tabs and it won't be a problem.
I'm not doing any shimming. And I'm surely not buying from Saber. The ones from Wingstuff look like the right ones and are listed as fitting 88-89. Hmm...

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by oldmopars » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:35 pm

BTW, the levers for the 88-89 are different from the 90-2000. I have an 89 parts bike and a 96 SE that I ride. I did not like the reach for the levers, and could not find any adjustable levers. So, I took the levers off the parts bike(so I did not risk breaking the 96's levers) and bent them in a vise. However, when I went to install them, they would not fit. I had to grind down the pivit area and then they went on. But, then the front brake would not release, it was held on. So, I had to grind some of the area where it pushes the master cylinder in.
After about an hour of install, remove, grind, install, remove, grind, etc I was able to get it to fit and now I have better reach for the brake lever. I keep the original in the bike for a spare in case It ever fails.
But, just know they are not a direct swap.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Straydogg » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:06 am

Yep...after lots of looking around I've decided to stick with my stock ones. Chrome isn't that important to me. Thanks to all.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:53 pm

I have NEVER bought a set of aftermarket levers that did not need shimming or grinding to get the flats to actuate the microswitches properly.

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Re: Chrome clutch and brake levers

Post by Straydogg » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:58 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:53 pm
I have NEVER bought a set of aftermarket levers that did not need shimming or grinding to get the flats to actuate the microswitches properly.
Yep, I'm getting that. I'm not interested in doing that. I know I would probably screw it up and that would just be a waste of time and money. Thanks to all.



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