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post #1 of 16 Old 08-02-2019, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble removing handlebar balancers for hand guard install?

Iím attempting to install OEM Suzuki hand guards on my 14 VStrom. In accordance with the directions, I tried removing the handle bar balancers on both sides as the first step. I can turn the screws counter clockwise slowly, but thereís a tremendous amount of resistance and the screws donít seem to be backing out much, if at all. The bike is used, and the previous owner installed aftermarket hand warmers. Is it possible they could have done something to damage the internal hardware on both sides? Is it normal to have this much trouble removing the balance assemblies?
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I’m attempting to install OEM Suzuki hand guards on my 14 VStrom. In accordance with the directions, I tried removing the handle bar balancers on both sides as the first step. I can turn the screws counter clockwise slowly, but there’s a tremendous amount of resistance and the screws don’t seem to be backing out much, if at all. The bike is used, and the previous owner installed aftermarket hand warmers. Is it possible they could have done something to damage the internal hardware on both sides? Is it normal to have this much trouble removing the balance assemblies?

Is the balancer getting loose as you turn the bolt even if the bolt isn't backing out? If so pull the balancer outward as you loosen the bolt. Maybe the bolt has Loctite on it making it harder to turn or could be stripped. Either way you got to get it loose right?

The bolt goes into a wedge inside the handlebar. Don't remove the bolt or the wedge will be left inside. Once you have some clearance between the bar and the balancer tap on the end of the bolt to drive the wedge back then pull the entire assembly out as on piece.


The hand warmers shouldn't have caused this issue unless he slopped some glue inside the bar somehow.

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Yea just loosen them. They are mounted to an expandable rubber wedge type deal (mine is 07) but then they can be worked out. Do not completely remove the bolt as mentioned above. One of mine was pretty hard to get out, I think I put a rag on it and grabbed it with some channel lock pliers and worked it out. I removed mine and installed bark busters that insert into the bar ends, so I removed my weights completely. Donít notice any additional vibration.
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So I got the left side out (finally) with some serious elbow grease. The right side is giving me trouble. The screw is turning, but it feels like the rubber pieces inside the bar might be turning with the screw. I've yanked on it pretty good with channel locks, but no luck. The stabilizer is definitely loose as I've been able to separate it from the bar some.

Here's a picture of the removed left side assembly. There's definitely some corrosion, which is probably contributing to my troubles.
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Maybe spray some soapy water in there to help it slide out. No need to remove for the factory wind guards though, just enough space to snap it onto the inside of bar weight.
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Loosening the philips head screw a few turns and then start prying on the end weight. once you get it a bit loose then you can use pliers o such over the screw and hammer it out against the end weight.
I undid mine too much once and had two fish the rubber expander out with a length of coat hanger wire bent on the end to catch the plug hold. big time PITA, don't so that.
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It may not help if the nut is spinning in the rubber but once you have loosened the screw "some" leave the driver in it and hit the driver with a hammer.

This will get the nut out of the rubber thus reducing the squash on rubber some and making it easier to pull out.

Other than that some lubricant will help but clean it all good before reassembly.
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

So I got it out enough to be able to spray some PB Blaster down into the bar to try and loosen things up. The end piece now spins more freely, but I'm still not getting the assembly to budge. I stuck a small pry bar between the end piece and handle grip and banged on it with a mini sledge. I think it moved a little, hard to tell. I'm extremely close to being able to fit the hand guard over the bar, but it's just shy and I don't want to force it and damage the guard mounting point.

I'm running out of ideas and getting pretty frustrated at this point 😤
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

So I got it out enough to be able to spray some PB Blaster down into the bar to try and loosen things up. The end piece now spins more freely, but I'm still not getting the assembly to budge. I stuck a small pry bar between the end piece and handle grip and banged on it with a mini sledge. I think it moved a little, hard to tell. I'm extremely close to being able to fit the hand guard over the bar, but it's just shy and I don't want to force it and damage the guard mounting point.

I'm running out of ideas and getting pretty frustrated at this point 😤

While you have the pry bar in place loosen the screw some more. Keep pressure on the weight. If you can get more of the screw out hit the screw to break the wedge loose.

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This is why I grease or anti seize the threads where ever I can. I assume the threads rusted together.

Same with electrical connectors, dielectric grease.

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