How to Adjust the Clutch Lever on a Dirt Bike


Dirt bike clutch levers, like other bike components, must be tailored to the rider for optimal use. Luckily, most dirt bike clutch assemblies have quick-adjust setups for easy changes. These quick-adjust setups alter the taughtness of a lever, as well as sag. Adjusting the clutch lever on your dirt bike requires just one tool, and you should only need between five and 15 minutes to finish the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Crescent wrench
  • Park the bike in a flat, accessible location on a center or triangle stand. Make sure the bike is as secure as possible.

  • Slide the rubber clutch hinge cover off the clutch assembly by simply pulling it back. The rubber will fold over itself. This will give you access to the clutch cable housing.

  • Loosen the bolt on the right side of the clutch assembly, using a crescent wrench. Twist the cable insert clockwise to tighten the lever and counterclockwise to loosen the lever.

  • Pull on the clutch and adjust it to the point where it feels comfortable.

  • Tighten the bolt with the crescent wrench. This will lock the cable housing into place, keeping the lever adjustment from slipping.

Tips & Warnings

  • Go for a short ride after you adjust your lever to test the clutch. If the clutch doesn't feel right, repeat the process.
  • Always be careful about the pinch points when working around motorcycle parts.

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