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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar size swapping

I combed through the first few pages of threads, but didn't find any answers. Long story short, the '00 vn750a i bought has short 7/8" bars on it. I didn't realize they weren't stock (same issue with rear turn signals and seat), and ordered new bars, since original ones were bent. Got the new bars in...I was a bit shocked.

I realize my rookie-ness shows through with this, but is it difficult to swap out the bars if they are bigger? The new bars are 1". Will they fit under the piece that secures them in? I can certainly see now why there was so much slack in my lines.

To build off that...all these threads I searched through regarding grips are saying 7/8" grips are stock...yet the bars I bought are 1", which were supposedly stock bars. I'm so confused. (Note: the bars I bought were from a '03 vn750. My understanding is that stock parts on vn750's from 86-2006 are about the same.)
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the stock bars are 7/8" all years interchangeable there.

the bars you got if they are 1" are not stock.

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So how difficult is it to change from 7/8" to 1"?
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Pretty difficult, you can either grind out the stock mounts (which won't work very well) or chop off the stock mounts and figure out a way to install 1" risers to mount the new ones. It will be a billion times easier to sell your 1" bars and buy a set of 7/8" bars. I have a spare set of stock bars if that is what you are looking for.

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Also take into account that if you decide to change the bars you also need to get all new controls and a brake setup to accommodate the larger diameter bars.

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Pretty difficult, you can either grind out the stock mounts (which won't work very well) or chop off the stock mounts and figure out a way to install 1" risers to mount the new ones. It will be a billion times easier to sell your 1" bars and buy a set of 7/8" bars. I have a spare set of stock bars if that is what you are looking for.
Well...that's just great haha. So, if I need the new bars, how much are you asking for your spares? They chrome or black? I've been staring at my bike for 2 weeks in my driveway...just waiting to get on it. I'm growing very impatient.
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Why, if stock bars are supposedly 7/8", does every site (jpcycles, etc) list 1" grips as the option for my 00 vn750a?
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So, for example, and to dumb it down for myself...when they are sold as a pair (i.e. pro one rail chrome/rubber grips), the left is 7/8" but the right is 1"? So they market them as 1" grips to fit the vn750?
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