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Old 10-05-10, 11:51 AM   #1
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Nature of the beast?

Have some old weinmann levers (with the plastic carlton hoods) that rattle when I ride. No quick relese buttons. Side to side play in them. Is there any way to tighten them up or is this just the nature of them? Short of sqeezing the sides together with channel locks-would plastic shims work? Thought of making some out of a plastic oleo lid. Thoughts? Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-05-10, 01:13 PM   #2
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I have several sets of old weinmanns with the suicide levers -- all have some play (some more than others) and basically can be described like you did above.

They work OK with new housing/cables, but newer aero levers are quite a bit better.

You might be able to doctor something up on them, but I'd question whether it's worthwhile.
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If you don't see any obvious way to fix the rattle then your ideas for making up shims and the like is definetly an option. If the hood is a hard plastic that doesn't fit well so it rattles then either replace them with a stretchy and pliable rubber set of hoods or remove them and install a thin layer of foam rubber between the lever base and the hoods to give a small amount of pressure to hold them and avoid rattling.
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To be more clear, the hoods don't rattle, it is the lever itself. (No suicide levers) They were stock on a 73 raleigh gp. New cables and jackets/so all good there. Like the body is too wide for the levers. Rattle from road vibration.....thanks for responses so far. Sometimes I find it hard to articulate the problem.
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Do not squeeze the lever body together. I would disassemble the lever and see if you can carefully widen the portion of the lever where the pivot passes through, so that it just fits in the lever body when the plastic bushings are in the holes. It would not be surprising on a bike that old that the levers would have been hit many times from the side, which could have distorted the levers.

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