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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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1994 VN 750, I found nice bars, grips, and other goodies, but one problem... It's 1". Since the bars on this one are 7/8, is there anything I can do to use the 1's?
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I havent seen any risers yet that will make the correct transition from 7/8ths to one inch.for the older vulcan.Im curious of this myself. I know they sell 7/8 drag bars mini apes and apes...but with that comes the cable kits that need to be purchased. Maybe one of these guys know better...i think 12 inch apes would be the max with stock cables from what i figured out.
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You'd not only have to machine out the bar clamps, but you'd need to find 1" turn signal and starter controls, lever mirror and brake mounts, and throttle tube.

Worlds easier to just find a 7/8 handle bar...(there's like hundreds of them available)
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Yeah I was afraid of that, thanks for the reply
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There are plenty of 7/8 to 1 1/8 adaptors around. Wouldn't be hard to make a sleeve to take that down to 1".
Some even come with 7/8" sleeves. You could sand those to 1" in a matter of minutes.
2pcs Motorcycle Handle Bar Mount Fat Bar Adapter Mounts Riser Clamp 22/28mm ATV

Obviously you could also just take a 1" dowel rod, sand it a tiny bit (so it's 1" with a layer of sandpaper wrapped around it) and sand the original riser to 1".
You really don't need machining for a job that simple.

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Sandpaper works fine, if you got the time... by "machining" I simply meant grinding, sanding or filing the clamps.

But you still would have to replace the the throttle, which houses the kill switch and starter button, the turnsignal and light switch pod,(guess you could sand that too?) The clutch lever mount, and the master cylinder mount.

A lot of trouble when you could just buy 7/8" bars to start with. So no, it's not impossible....just a lot of pointless work you can easily avoid. And then you have to ask yourself, as you're altering the very control devices of your motorcycle, "Am I sure I can do this without rendering them unsafe somehow?"

A few to choose from here:

http://www.sideroadcycles.com/Import...dlebars78.html


I think they also used to make custom sizes....not sure if they still do..

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I agree. To much work just to go to 1". Maybe if you wanted the look of oversize bars, but 1" is too small an increase to matter aesthetically. And with any change in bars diameter, it should be a given that you also buy new control hardware. simple enough, but definitely adds to the "not worth it" pile.

I just put new bars on mine a week ago. Plenty to choose from.
I'm still going to change the controls, but not because the bars force me to.
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I did find after extensive looking http://www.ebay.com/itm/232303450594
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Ok so my next question is how do I eliminate this, I don't need the stock dash
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Ok so my next question is how do I eliminate this, I don't need the stock dash
Just take off what you don't want. Don't like the speedo? take it off. Don't like the idiot lights? take them off.
I don't have any of it. Took literally a few minutes to remove.
Having no ugly plastic cluttering up you field of view is so much better.
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