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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 08:14 #854800

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Probably not a tough task, but just looking for veteran advice.  What is involved in changing my bent front brake lever.  The bike was laid down at a stop sign, gravel helped, and bent the brake lever.  Needs to be replaced.
 

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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 08:50 #854803

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You should only need to unbolt and remove the old one and install the new one.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 09:11 #854805

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HRM is correct. I’ll just add there a lock nut on the bottom under the master cylinder remove it first. Then the bolt (pivot) unbolts from the top standard righty-tightly. When installing apply some water proof grease to the hole in the new lever and on the flat side at the hole. You will see the wear marks in the old handle. Install bolt and snug it down. Then the lock nut on the bolts exposed threads. Use two 10mm wrenches and hold the bolt from turning and tighten the nut. 
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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 09:25 #854807

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For stuff like this I use Permatex brake caliper grease. in the little packets. 
The lubricant is waterproof, doesn't attract dust n grit & stays put.

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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 09:34 #854808

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I agree with all that has been said  But would add that you should make sure there is no other damage from the fall.  
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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 04 Sep 2021 09:58 #854810

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To the good advice above, I would add carefully cleaning the pivot screw, the area in the master cylinder where the lever mounts, and the inside of the brass bushing in the lever. A rag or paper shop towel soaked in rubbing alcohol will do the trick. 
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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 08 Sep 2021 04:54 #854980

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I agree.  Other damage includes multiple scratches on the back of the right mirror, scratched stator cover, rubber on foot peg torn and dent on the right side of the gas tank from my knee     I'm guessing since there are no scratches.  Mirror sanded and buffed, looks very good.  Brake lever and foot peg will be replaced.  Tank taken in for Paintless Dent Removal, waiting for results and the! side cover will go in for repair at the end of the riding season.  Warning!  After drinking multiple beers, your brain fails to operate as normal, which is something a 65 year old man knows but fails to respect on occasion.  Fortunately the is a minor accident that will help remind an old man in the future.
 
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Replacing the front brake lever on a 1979 Kawasaki 1000 LTD. 08 Sep 2021 08:27 #854988

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Hi  sorry about the dropped bike, glad you are ok... At 63  I begin to wonder about riding.... Of course the past two summers, covid speaking... no riding here.
And two beers = bed time for me... 
However.... 40 years ago...... as long as I didn't put my feet down, balance was good.  no matter when the bar closed.....
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