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Old 12-20-08, 08:54 PM   #1
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Replacing Brake Hoods, Lever disassembly

I have some older Campy brakes with hoods that are all done. I am replacing the stem, bar tape, cables, etc. No problem. I got some generic hoods that should fit. There is no way they will go on unless I remove the brake lever from it's housing, then it will be tight.
I can see how it's held together but how would you get the pin out and back in without breaking anything?
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Old 12-20-08, 10:05 PM   #2
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Lube up the hoods. They'll go on without disassembling the lever. Since you have the levers off the bike, I'd suggest installing them from the opposite side of the lever than how you are current trying. Should involve less stretching of the hood.

I've found WD-40 helps all things rubber slide easily into place and then stay there.
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As was stated above, there is no need to disassemble. Even without lube, they should slip on from the bar contact end right over the "hump" into place. I've never lubed them, but if they seem fragile, use a lube as previously suggested.
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warm them with a hair drier or heat gun (on low!) and they will be a lot easier to work with.

if you have the same generic campy replacements I used they were surprisingly difficult to get on.
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warm them with a hair drier or heat gun (on low!) and they will be a lot easier to work with.

if you have the same generic campy replacements I used they were surprisingly difficult to get on.
Hair dryer worked well. I got it started then heated it up, pretty hot so I put on my Mechanix gloves and worked it on.
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I had the generic Campy hoods, too. And Super Record levers. Took me about 1/2 hour each of slow pushing/pulling to coax those on. No dis-assembly done.
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try soaking the hoods in hot water before installing, its make the rubber easier to put on and once cool en they will stay in place.
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Cool, I never used the hair dryer before. I used Windex for such stuff. Remember those think foam handlebar pads?
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Using WD-40 is a very bad idea. Use ordinary rubbing alcohol, as recommended by Campy. The brake lever does not need to be removed. Skip the lever through the hood, like you leg into your pants and pull the hood up over the pointy top.
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To answer your original question, to remove the levers look into the housing from the front. You will see a small chrome set-screw right in the middle; this holds the lever pivot pin in place. Back it out a few turns and the pivot pin will drift right out.

The others are correct, though; you don't need to remove the levers to replace the hoods.
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Using WD-40 is a very bad idea. Use ordinary rubbing alcohol, as recommended by Campy.
I second that. Keep rubber from contacting anything that uses petroleum. Around handlebars and grips or tape, denatured alcohol or water work fine.
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