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replacing hanlde bars. help wanted!

hey everyone,
I will be replacing my stock handlebars (bent) with a newer (unbent) set of stock hanldebars. is there any thing I should know before I start this project? what tools may I need to do this? any info would be great!
thank you all in advance for the help.
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tools needed...a 5.5mm allen wrench, a screw driver, and a 10mm wrench. prety streght forward.
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If i'm not mistaken, and if you are buying aftermarket handlebars, you may have to drill a hole in one side to put a roll pin through which holds the turnsignal, starter switch, choke assembly on.



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If i'm not mistaken, and if you are buying aftermarket handlebars, you may have to drill a hole in one side to put a roll pin through which holds the turnsignal, starter switch, choke assembly on.
thanks. but no, I'm just replacing stock bars with stock bars. the old stock are bent out of shape and new/used stock bars are in the right shape. that's all.

but thanks for the heads up!
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tools needed...a 5.5mm allen wrench, a screw driver, and a 10mm wrench. prety streght forward.
well 2 out of 3 is not bad! I just need to get a 5.5mm allen wrench.
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well 2 out of 3 is not bad! I just need to get a 5.5mm allen wrench.
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I have had the handlebar clamp off a couple of times and I don't have a 5.5mm allen in my set only a 5 or 6mm which has fit 4 screws in the clamp perfectly, I don't know where the 5.5mm is needed...
I would check that out before I spent a lot of time hunting a 5.5mm allen wrench as I suspect that one would only come in a more expensive metric allen wrench set... I could be wrong though... If not 3 out of 3 would be better than 2 out of 3...lol...
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I just went through this yesterday and needed to buy a nice set of wrenches at Home Depot to get the 5.5mm which worked like a charm. The cheap $6 set I got friday only had whole sizes and I was either too big or too small..
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i got my 5.5 mm in a cheap set in the NAPA cheap tool bin. I paid around 5 bucks for the set. also harbor freight has cheep Allen wrench sets that come with the 5.5mm allen wrench.
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OK-I don't know about other year models or versions but on my U.S.A. bought originally a Cal. version 2006 VN750, on the handlebar clamp it takes a 6mm allen, and on the right side mirror, brake lever, & reservoir it takes a 5mm allen wrench, and I still don't have or need a 5.5mm allen wrench... It just stopped raining here this morning, over 2 needed inches, so I put on my boots and waded to the shed and double checked using a set of SpinDoctor allen wrenches and the 5mm & 6mm is what fit perfect...
Others may vary but that is what fit my bike perfect, as they always should...
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maybe they have a cheap set of allens. I know I've had cheap tools and the sizes aren't always accurate. I had to get an odd ball allen wrench for something and went to my local mom and pop hardware store and they had loose allen's. sometimes mom and pops are better then the big boys. if they havent been run out of bidnes by the big boys.

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