Originally Posted by loubapache
Here's the text of the instructions that I sent to Dylan:
Re: Cane Creek Lever Hoods
You don't want to cut any holes until the hood is on the lever body.
First you've got to take the BIG screw out, then unscrew the cable head latch lever that's inside the lever and points FOREWARD. Use the slot for a screwdriver.
Then the aux lever should slide out.
It's been 1.5yrs since I did this, so take note of any little washers and the order of disassembly.
Do one complete lever first. If you need to refer to the one that's still assembled you'll have it as a reference for correct assembly.
With the hood in place nice and straight on the body, first cut the hole where the aux lever protrudes, just big enough for clearance with the lever. This is a custom-fit, so use care for a good look later.
I forget exactly how I did the bigger hole. I think I put a small hole there first, so I could screw the BIG screw into the threaded hole in the aux lever pivot shaft, holding it centered that way so I could then cut precisely around it.
This is the most-visible part of your modification, so keep the hood stationary and use a really sharp blade with a slow cutting action for accuracy. Cutting the smaller hole first will give you some practice with that sharp blade cutting the thick rubber.
BTW, these hoods will slide easily over the lever bodies from the FRONT, once the cable and aux lever are removed, and with a spritz of rubbing alcohol to slide the hood precisely in place where it wants to go.
So maybe the levers bodies can even remain clampeded to the bars if you prefer, while all the work is done.
I'm pulling for you here, so you can post a photo of a sanitary installation. Like I said, these levers never came with hoods, so it's a nice custom touch if the holes line up.
Also, if you have some LocTite handy, I would put a small spot of the stuff on the big screw's threads to prevent it loosening.
OK, loubapache, post a photo of your work too, if you can.