This was one of those 'essential' upgrades that I ordered from Carsten Filmer, over in Germany during the couple of months that my car was away at Caterham waiting for the fuel pump, PBC and the IVA to be completed.
Anyway, I got round to fitting it today, and thought I'd do a little guide so anyone else that wants to fit one will know what's involved, which isn't much actually - it was pretty easy.
|Caterham Carbon Handbrake Lever from Carsten Filmer, Germany.|
|Caterham Handbrake Lever and Grip.|
|Removing grip from Caterham handbrake lever.|
|Original Caterham handbrake grip weighing 56g|
|The carbon handbrake grip weighing just 40g|
|Welding seams on underside of lever restricting fitment of the alloy sleeve ends.|
|Filing away the welding seams with my Dremel - nice sparking!|
|Cleaning handbrake lever with methylated spirits prior to carbon handbrake lever fitting.|
|Test fitting carbon handbrake grip.|
|Silicone applied to cap prior to insertion in the sleeve.|
I measured the length of the carbon sleeve and on mine it's 91mm in length. Carsten can make them in any size to order, and whilst I like the size of mine it could do with being perhaps 10mm shorter so that you can see both cap ends. But... Like I said I thought it was too long initially, however I've grown to like the length and how it fits.
|The finished carbon handbrake lever fitted to my Caterham R500 Duratec.|