NOTICE: I am currently sold out of inventory. My Machinist says he will have more levers for me late November. Leave your info if you like, and I will call you as soon as I have more. Thanks, Conrad
TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER FOR H-D BIG TWIN EVO AND TWIN CAM
The Better Lever CONCEPT, a less expensive repair with a better replacement part.
Better Lever's two piece DESIGN eliminates the removal and reinstall of the primary drive on 5 SPEED bikes, AND ON 5 SPEED AND 6 SPEED BIKES THE NEED TO REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION'S SHIFT SHAFT, also called the pawl shaft. THE BETTER LEVER IS DESIGNED TO WORK ON A SHAFT THAT HAS HAD A STOCK LEVER WORN OUT ON IT.
On 5 SPEEDS the PRIMARY CASE is too close to the transmission's shifter shaft to allow the worn out shift lever to be removed. The HOW-TO-VIDEOS show you how to remove the old lever and how the Better Lever is DESIGNED to install, all without removing the primary.
6 SPEED BIKES HAVE A RECESSED AREA on the inside primary case that eliminates the primary work. TAKE THE TIGHTENING BOLT OUT AND WIGGLE THE LEVER OFF THE PAWL SHAFT.
Experience by riders is that the TRANSMISSION SHIFT SHAFT needs to be replaced as well. Even though it is a much stronger steel, after it's had the original lever wear out on it, it is worn enough that it won't let a new stock lever keep a grip. In my research my mechanic friends called it "new on old" and advised me that a lever only repair is temporary, I would just wear the shaft more and waste my money. I hear from a lot of riders who spent the $425 to have the primary removed and replaced and have a new lever installed just to have it get loose again soon after the "repair". To have a proper repair done meant going into the transmission and replacing the shift shaft (pawl shaft) also, which more than doubles the expense. Maybe that's why the tranny work is seldom mentioned. Having a 5 speed bike, for me that meant primary and tranny work, only to expect it again in my next 35,000 miles? I thought there had to be a better way.
TRANSMISSION WORK IS ELIMINATED with Better Lever's DESIGN to GRIP A SHAFT that has already had a stock lever worn out on it.
Feedback from customers shows most ride one of the FL bikes and use their heel lever. Milage generally falls into the 30 to 40 or 60 to 75 thousand mile groups with one rider reporting getting 100,000 miles out of his original lever. Most 100 k bikes have been repaired at least once or twice. Many riders call when their lever only repair fails. Hundreds of everyday riders rely on the Better Lever, many independent shops install them regularly, they can even be found on Police bikes.
When my footlever fell down onto the floorboad I was across town and in fifth gear. I had been nursing it along for a while, using every "band-aid" I could and trying to think of a way to avoid the inevitable expense. I had already gotten the removal process figured out so off came the old lever, I just didn't have a good replacement for it yet. I bought myself a few more days in the saddle by grinding down a new stock lever so it could slip over the end of the pawl shaft. There wasn't much metal left on the lever so every shift was feather soft, fearing it would give out at any time. Not exactly my idea of throttle therapy, but at least I was riding and my idea came to me while riding, naturally. I could take my bike to the service department but chose to put the money into my idea. I sketched down my design and the sixth machine shop I went to recommended the one I came to use, a shop that has an EDM machine to CNC and cut the splines.
That referral led me to the right mechanical engineer, a great guy and a rider himself with a state of the art machine shop. I showed him my sketches and told him it had to grip a worn shaft. My business is super small potatoes for him, but he liked my idea enough that he made the CNC program and had his guys cut a couple out of mild machinable steel. When he called me to come get them I bolted one on right in his shop's parking lot, replacing the temp I had been tippy toeing on. The first shift put a huge s--- eatin' grin on my face, let alone how I felt after banging through a couple of gears. A few months later I decided to take the leap and start selling them so I asked him to make me a batch out of stainless. He deserves the credit for making the Better Lever work so well, his shop's work is like art.
Better Levers are made of STAINLESS STEEL and CNC machined. The splines are CNC as well using an EDM to cut them. Each one is made to precision specifications for consistent product performance.
The Better Lever is delivered to you with a machined finish. THE LEVERS SHOWN IN THE PAGE HEADINGS HAVE BEEN POLISHED ON A BENCH WHEEL.
Better Levers are MADE IN AMERICA and sold world wide.
The Better Lever is $225 and shipping to US is $5.80 by USPS Priority Mail. For Canada and Mexico shipping and currency change charges are $26.95, $30.95 to all other countries.
Give it a try, customer feedback is "works great, shifts like new again". Thanks, Conrad Buehler Buehler Concept & Design, Norfolk, Virginia
P.S. Unrelated but potentially costly......... For early model twin cam owners, check your cam chain tensioners' pads for wear. If they break up they will clog up oil flow and lead to major engine failure.