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post #1 of 25 Old 02-23-2015, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit

Alright, so I bought this kit from Revzilla and it looks like it'll finally show up today because UPS drivers evidently can't drive in snow... ugh. And they wouldn't even let me come pick up my package last Wednesday when it was supposed to be delivered. Sorry for my rant.

Is it as simple as the instructions look? Take off bar ends, put these on and ride? Instructions make it look like a 15 min install. But I just can't believe it's as easy as it looks.

I've been looking at a thread on here about them, but it's mainly arguing back and forth on which kit is better or worse. I can't really find anything regarding the install, which leads me to believe it actually is as easy as it looks.
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my buddy has these on his cb500x, it is as easy as it looks to install them. Now it depends how OCD you are from there. Lining them up correctly/evenly can be quite interesting. You could spend days doing it.

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I also ordered them from Revzilla.

The install was about 20 minutes.

About the only mistake you can make is backing off the stock bar end screws too far.
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Definitely pay particular attention to the comment above about "backing off the stock bar end screws too far". From the posts I've seen here, that's about the only mistake you can make during this install.
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Yep, just want to loosen those screws and then wiggle and pull them out. Also, there has been some discussion about whether the inside aluminum bracket goes over or under. According to the diagram, they go under, which works great on the left bar, but on the right that puts it right up against the metal ferrule on the brake line. Someone pointed out that if it got whacked hard enough (like a drop) it might damage that line. If you reverse the bracket, it works good on the brake side, but the clutch cable rubs on it. I changed mine to this configuration and just wrapped some electrical tape around the clutch cable. The only other issue was that some of the bolts couldn't be tightened in the recommended order, but that wasn't really a problem. Since this might not make much sense, will try to find some pics to post.

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Mine are; over on the clutch side, and under on the brake side.
On the clutch side I have my oxford heater controller attached to the bb bracket.
And yes,,,,you can spend a lot of time looking, re-adjusting, looking....etc.

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Thank you all! I suppose I'll tackle the install this weekend, unless I get some free time one afternoon this week.

... and thanks for the reminder regarding only loosening the screw!
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Thank you all! I suppose I'll tackle the install this weekend, unless I get some free time one afternoon this week.

... and thanks for the reminder regarding only loosening the screw!
Loosen a little and tap the screw... if is doesn't pull out loosen a little more, tap...etc.

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Should unscrewing 1/4" suffice? Or is that too much?
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