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I'm looking for a brake & clutch lever set. There are some threads about that in the forum here, but most of the people didn't reply whether their levers actually fit good or not and most of these posts have been half a year old.

Can you guys tell me which aftermarket levers you're using currently and if they're recommendable? I don't care if they are chinese levers, as long as they fit as they should.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Brembo. Great figment, adjustable feel of the braking power ( whether it comes on with strong initial bite or more gradual) and adjustable distance of the lever.
 

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I purchased these adjustable/foldable levers from China. Build quality was a lot better than expected - there is a bit of play, but not nearly as bad as I anticipated and I am ok with it given the price. Quite frankly I was impressed with the quality for the price. Tighter tolerance levers made stateside will cost more than double the $40 I paid, and I personally did not want to spend that much when the functionality is largely the same. The colors look great. The silver on the levers is a bit darker/more gray than the silver on the R3, but the blue is a very close match.

A quick note, I have to adjust my clutch cable slightly after installing the clutch lever. That is one benefit of the higher quality US-made levers, the tighter tolerances usually don't require much adjustment, if any at all.

 

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I concur with many of these replies. I have a Brembo 15 RCS master cylinder/brake lever, and CRG SC2 clutch lever & perch. Both are amazing, adjustable, and of the highest quality.

Spears racing and Graes have some nice levers too, and can be nearly as pricey as Brembo or CRG. Pazzo, AS, and Rizoma are reputable names but I have not personally purchased any of these brands.

Also, I can vouch for jbluetooth and YR3Racing.com. I have bought from him before, and his personal OEM parts are of the highest quality. Jesse is not some garage tech copying some retail levers and manufacturing them under his company's banner. His degree is in industrial tech and design, and it is occupation designing and manufacturing CNC products. In fact, I'd say his risers, for example, are even better than the big boy's variants out there at the moment. You won't be getting some el cheapo levers if you buy from Jesse, and with the coupon, I'd say that is a pretty sweet deal even though I personally do not have a set.
 

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I purchased these adjustable/foldable levers from China. Build quality was a lot better than expected - there is a bit of play, but not nearly as bad as I anticipated and I am ok with it given the price. Quite frankly I was impressed with the quality for the price. Tighter tolerance levers made stateside will cost more than double the $40 I paid, and I personally did not want to spend that much when the functionality is largely the same. The colors look great. The silver on the levers is a bit darker/more gray than the silver on the R3, but the blue is a very close match.

A quick note, I have to adjust my clutch cable slightly after installing the clutch lever. That is one benefit of the higher quality US-made levers, the tighter tolerances usually don't require much adjustment, if any at all.

The question is is it better than stock? if not why bother changing regardless of price?
 

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Can you guys tell me which aftermarket levers you're using currently and if they're recommendable? I don't care if they are chinese levers, as long as they fit as they should.

Thanks in advance.
-Buy nothing from China- Poor loose fitting. Do not reuse the stock oring.
-Some Hong Kong sellers selling their own designs on ebay fit properly but they are no longer cheap enough to justify the buy. Reuses stock oring
-JBluetooths 3/4's <<<<<<<< I would get these especially if he sells single replacements for crashes.
-CRG

I have bought two sets of China levers and two from Hong Kong that Fangshui recommended. They fit properly but the listing is no longer active. Stay away from all the China designs that share the same spot where it mounts. The levers with 3 holes all the way through the levers highlight the poor design and easily identify the crap. Some others use the same CAD design for the ill fitting base. Creates a few mm of slop that translates into a poor experience overall. Beware that some USA vendors have cheap China levers masked as their own brand or marked up in price to reflect a possible quality product.

This is the Hong Kong guy, he has a new more expensive design.
You can contact him to get a set for $50. Anodizing probably wont last long. Here is a look at some old ones I exchanged for black. See how the weight savings reliefs dont go all the way through. Uses the stock oring and has a much better fit.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-3D-Styl...R3-R25-2015-/381374520793?hash=item58cbb15dd9


Now go look at any of the $20 range levers, they all share the same characteristics.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Replaceable...4-2015-/361521511224?var=&hash=item542c5c7b38
Sample. Stay away from any of these or ones that share the same mounting point.

If I was to buy today, I would not consider any Asia made parts, I would buy the 3/4's from JBluetooth at $100. I certainly would not go out and spend $180 on CRG levers but I would before I would buy any more stuff from Asia. I might be done buying from Asia all together.

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When something is fecal matter I have no problems indicating such. I noticed not in this thread but in the forum as a whole, some people once they cut loose with their cash are a fan of the parts win or lose. I want people to get good safe $#!^ whether I was fortunate or unfortunate to buy some of the stuff. Speak up folks if you buy something that is pure $#!^ then let people know. I have bought a whole slew of garbage. Many mistakes made. Lucky my second set of those China levers only cost me $3.35 delivered on a lucky auction snag. Seller never tried that again.
 

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This post nails it. But for full disclosure I need to clarify something. I have also bought and tested several of these inexpensive levers off ebay, 4 different sets for the R3 actually. I'm writing up a post very similar to what Bird just wrote explaining some of these differences between the 4 including the Chinese vs. Hong Kong made levers. My levers contain some parts from a Hong Kong factory. After testing several sets, I chose a few parts of one of the assemblies that I felt comfortable using and I redesigned and re-manufactured the other parts so the entire lever assembly fits together better and works better than any of the available inexpensive options, but I'm able to keep the price much lower than a typical US or European made set. That's why I'm able to offer a decent set for $99, because I don't manufacture every piece in the US.

And yes, I sell singles.

-Buy nothing from China- Poor loose fitting. Do not reuse the stock oring.
-Some Hong Kong sellers selling their own designs on ebay fit properly but they are no longer cheap enough to justify the buy. Reuses stock oring
-JBluetooths 3/4's <<<<<<<< I would get these especially if he sells single replacements for crashes.
-CRG

I have bought two sets of China levers and two from Hong Kong that Fangshui recommended. They fit properly but the listing is no longer active. Stay away from all the China designs that share the same spot where it mounts. The levers with 3 holes all the way through the levers highlight the poor design and easily identify the crap. Some others use the same CAD design for the ill fitting base. Creates a few mm of slop that translates into a poor experience overall. Beware that some USA vendors have cheap China levers masked as their own brand or marked up in price to reflect a possible quality product.

This is the Hong Kong guy, he has a new more expensive design.
You can contact him to get a set for $50. Anodizing probably wont last long. Here is a look at some old ones I exchanged for black. See how the weight savings reliefs dont go all the way through. Uses the stock oring and has a much better fit.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-3D-Styl...R3-R25-2015-/381374520793?hash=item58cbb15dd9


Now go look at any of the $20 range levers, they all share the same characteristics.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Replaceable...4-2015-/361521511224?var=&hash=item542c5c7b38
Sample. Stay away from any of these or ones that share the same mounting point.

If I was to buy today, I would not consider any Asia made parts, I would buy the 3/4's from JBluetooth at $100. I certainly would not go out and spend $180 on CRG levers but I would before I would buy any more stuff from Asia. I might be done buying from Asia all together.

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When something is fecal matter I have no problems indicating such. I noticed not in this thread but in the forum as a whole, some people once they cut loose with their cash are a fan of the parts win or lose. I want people to get good safe $#!^ whether I was fortunate or unfortunate to buy some of the stuff. Speak up folks if you buy something that is pure $#!^ then let people know. I have bought a whole slew of garbage. Many mistakes made. Lucky my second set of those China levers only cost me $3.35 delivered on a lucky auction snag. Seller never tried that again.
 

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I ended up buying the levers from Jesse. They fit the R3 perfectly, unlike the pair of Chinese levers I had bought before. Still I had to adjust the free play after installing them. The whole process with Jesse was easy and quick and I'm glad that I've now got levers I'm happy with.
 

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This post nails it. But for full disclosure I need to clarify something. I have also bought and tested several of these inexpensive levers off ebay, 4 different sets for the R3 actually. I'm writing up a post very similar to what Bird just wrote explaining some of these differences between the 4 including the Chinese vs. Hong Kong made levers. My levers contain some parts from a Hong Kong factory. After testing several sets, I chose a few parts of one of the assemblies that I felt comfortable using and I redesigned and re-manufactured the other parts so the entire lever assembly fits together better and works better than any of the available inexpensive options, but I'm able to keep the price much lower than a typical US or European made set. That's why I'm able to offer a decent set for $99, because I don't manufacture every piece in the US.

And yes, I sell singles.
Is that $99 for the set or per side?

Thanks, Giff
 

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Hi Jesse,

I actually reside in Australia (Sydney). I see that your website doesnt do international shipping.

Is there anyway you can get this order through? or would i need to use a courier

Cheers
 

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Hi Jesse,

I actually reside in Australia (Sydney). I see that your website doesnt do international shipping.

Is there anyway you can get this order through? or would i need to use a courier

Cheers
Jesse does do international, you just have to email him for a quote :) I recently bought his rearset risers + vesrah brake bads and paid $35USD shipping for the two.

Excellent risers btw Jesse, super well made !!

Although I can't access the highest settings because of the effing ABS rear brake hose. Will need to have custom braided lines fitted with extra length 0:)
 

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Hi Jesse,

I actually reside in Australia (Sydney). I see that your website doesnt do international shipping.

Is there anyway you can get this order through? or would i need to use a courier

Cheers
As mentioned, yes I'm happy to ship international and do almost daily. Shoot me an email, [email protected]
 

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Jesse does do international, you just have to email him for a quote :) I recently bought his rearset risers + vesrah brake bads and paid $35USD shipping for the two.

Excellent risers btw Jesse, super well made !!

Although I can't access the highest settings because of the effing ABS rear brake hose. Will need to have custom braided lines fitted with extra length 0:)
I have custom rear lines that I made that might solve your issue, they are longer so the line comes off the master cylinder toward the front of the bike and give you room to adjust rearset height or wheelbase length without binding on the brake line:
http://www.yamahar3racing.com/product/race-spec-superbike-stainless-steel-braided-brake-lines-yamaha-r3-2015/
 
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