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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Staightening Handlebars?

Anyone have any tips or tricks on straightening bars?

I went down pretty hard last evening and the clutch side of the bar is bent to almost vertical. If you're sitting on the bike and lay your hand across the vertical sections of the bars, that part is supposed to be angled outward. Well my left side is almost straight up and down now.

I rode her home and it didn't feel all that bad, but I don't want to keep riding this way.

Can't pull hard enough with my hands. I thought maybe I could use ratchet straps to pull some way, if I can anchor the bike to oppose the force.

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Spock, ATV shops straighten bars all the time.

No help on how they do.
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I've straightened a few myself, but I was stronger and had helpers.

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Spock, I had a slightly bent set, I tried to give for shipping. You could not really see the bend. They went to the scrap yesterday along with the clutch lever I should have saved for al scrap.

I let a friend use my shop and he hauled off all my junk tires, etc.

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A day late and a dollar short, that's me. A month late and thousands of dollars short, that's me too!

I'm glad to hear my recommendation didn't fall short, thanks for letting me know.

Can't edit the title either, lol. Well if I can't straighten the bars, I'll try staightening them too. Arrr-arrr, can ye buy an R, Vanna White?

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Try loosening the bar clamp, rotate them down towards the tank to about a 45 degree angle, brace your back against the good side and push against the bad. As long as you have the bike on the side stand and you're sitting on it (sideways) without pushing with your legs, you won't push the bike over. Being wedged between the bars should keep them from turning.

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Thanks Jakzen, I'll go give that a shot, I'm just not too stout these days. Maybe I can do better if I take them off the bike.

I thought about strapping and pulling both sides toward each other, like the old Honda CT70 bars, lol.

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No can do Jakzen, just not enough room. Imagine your hands right in front of your chest or belly, and trying to exert that much pressure away from your body. There's only 9" between the two upright sections of the bars, at my marked measuring point.

Well, 9 1/4" now since ....

With the bike sideways behind my truck, I ran two straps from the bottom 90 bend of the right bar, to the truck bumper. Left side is the bent one.

Both feet on the peg, gave it the heave ho and was able to get 1/4". Trying to figure a way to get more force on it.

I put tape on the bars with marks so I can measure any progress accurately, original measuring for those marks done from a fixed point, the top of the triple tree where the notch is.

Another immovable point to put an opposing strap onto might do it. Have to Rube Goldberg something. Had a 5' spud bar out, but just not enough hands.

Lost a swing arm cap too.

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Spock, I think the ATV shops use about a 3' bar that slips tightly over the end of the handlebar.

If bent close to where it mounts to the 'riser', I would probably take them off and turn them upside down. apply medium hammer, small concentrated amounts of heat.
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If this doesn't work, they'll have to come off if I don't round up some muscle to help out.

Looks like I'm getting there. May only need another 1/8" or a bit more. After I cool and dry off I'm going to pull a vehicle around and try strapping off it to the bent side and see if I can get that last bit by pulling out and down from the bend beside the left hand grip.

Who'da thought losing weight could be a bad thing? Just don't have enough azz any more, but it seems these bars are softer than most.

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