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post #1 of 24 Old 11-13-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Installing Protaper Raptor SE bar on 2008 DL650

Hey guys after reading countless posts about handlebars I asked my mechanic to install a Protaper Raptor SE bar, from what I read it should go on with no modification to the bar clamps or wiring. I just got this image from my mechanic saying the the bar "raises up" before it can be properly clamped.



Is any of you rocking these? Did we order the wrong bar? This is what I asked him to order "ProTaper SE Handlebar - Raptor ATV Sport Bend - Jet Black 2146D JET BLACK" off amazon, not sure I can link the product here.

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Turns out Amazon has the wrong picture, the part I ordered is 02-5293, can these work on a vstrom or can anybody give me the correct part number for protaper bars? Thanks!
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This is what I installed on my 2007 Wee in 2016, also bought through Amazon.

Brand Protaper
Model Pro Taper Seven Eighths Handlebars - Standard 7/8
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 31 x 4.5 x 3.2 inches
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Item model number 025293
Manufacturer Part Number 025293

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I fitted the Pro Taper ATV MID 7/8ths bars with no issues. It appears that your bars do not have sufficient width across the handlebar clamps before curving upward. Thats unusual.
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Here are the Raptor bend SE bars on my 2007 with ROX Risers. I don't think the risers make any significant difference width of the mounts.

Edit: I take it back. The outer edges of the ROX Risers as I have them mounted are about 3/16" narrower than the OEM mounts.
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Here are the Raptor bend SE bars on my 2007 with ROX Risers. I don't think the risers make any significant difference width of the mounts.

Edit: I take it back. The outer edges of the ROX Risers as I have them mounted are about 3/16" narrower than the OEM mounts.
Thanks! That explains it! I am sending the raptors back and installing atv mids or atv high!
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My ATV MID's are about the same height as the OEM bars, but are wider and have less bend inwards therefore tending to be more comfortable with your elbows more outwards, dirt bike style. Had I thought more carefully I would have trimmed a half inch off both sides before installation. You will find that stock width is noticeably wider than OEM bars and still wider when narrowed a little.
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I have had the ProTaper Seven Eighths (SE) ATV Highs for a number of years. I think they were about 32" wide, I cut a half inch off each end. Everything fits. I did loosen up some slack in the wiring as some were a tad snug.

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Another "ATV high SE" worked for me.
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do the stock bar end weights fit in the ends of these Protaper atv bars?

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