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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar Change

I am going to change my handlebars back to stock (thanks Crobins365)

The previous owner put some motocross looking handlebars on - needless to say they are a bit shorter (in height) than the stock bars.

Changing them doesn't seem like it would be too difficult but I wanted to reach out for any advice from everyone. Anything I should be aware of or consider?

My one concern so far is that when the shorter but wider handlebars were put on in the past that some cables may have been shortened too. I 'think' there is some slack in all of them (concerned about the clutch cable).

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 02:25 PM
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My guess is the PO might have re- routed a cable, but likely did not shorten them. Too much cable can most times just be routed different.... Too little cable is usually the big problem..

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i swapped mine out in about 15 mins a phillips , 10mm ,and 6mm allen is all you really need

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Put your controls on before clamping the bars on.

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I'm fixing my bike the other way (changing to drag bars). If you find your cables are too short, let me know and I'll swap you.

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Thanks for all the input.

After the change - does anything have to be adjusted? Probably a dumb question but I was curious about the clutch or throttle cables.

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Thanks for all the input.

After the change - does anything have to be adjusted? Probably a dumb question but I was curious about the clutch or throttle cables.

Thanks again
the throttle has a little tab that fits into a hole in the bars, the brake i just adjusted to where it felt comfortable as well as the clutch

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I knew there was one other question I had - what about the grips? Do I have to get new grips (at this point I'm assuming the handlebar diameters are the same)? I was told once that to remove grips they basically get destroyed.

What's the best way to get the grips off? What type of adhesive do I use to put them back on?

And a really newbie question - does the throttle grip get glued on?



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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-30-2011, 10:55 AM
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you will probably need new grips. stock bars are 7/8 diameter and get 6 in. length or you'll have gaps between the grips and controls. Found this out when JCW set the wrong size. You can't move the controls there's a pilot pin that dictates where it's position (could grind it off I guess).

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If a cable seems too short, try to re-route it. I had a problem with my choke cable, it didn't appear to be too short, but when I moved my handlebars to the right full-lock, the bike would die.

Changed the choke cable's routing and now it doesn't get pulled when I move the handlebars.
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