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post #1 of 4 Old 05-31-2007, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bar Ends and Handguards with Pro-Taper Bars.

Ok, got the Pro-Taper bars on the Wee and love 'em. I like the higher position and less sweep. They really do make it feel like a different machine. Problem -- the stock bar end weights don't fit, and therefore, neither do my stock handgaurds. I'm thinking about dremeling the stock bar ends down to a smaller diameter and trying to use them, but wondered what others have done? Other handgaurds? Other bar ends? etc.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-31-2007, 06:37 PM
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Here's what I did. I went to Home Depot and purchased some long bolts that were smaller diameter than the originals. I also purchased some nuts, washers, and lock washers. I then went to the auto parts store and bought some fuel line. By using about an inch of fuel line I was able to manufacture (mullet up) some compression fittings that would go into the smaller diameter hole of the Pro Taper bars.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-31-2007, 07:55 PM
 
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The reason your bar ends no longer fit is simple. The inside diameter of aluminum bars is smaller than steel bars. That is due to the difference in the relative strength of aluminum verses steel.

What MightShep says is very true - you can go and pick up some tubing, washers and such and make your own. This is probably cheapest.

Another way to do this would be to purchase a pair of these:


These are dirbike bar ends. They are used to protect your fancy grips when you burrough into the ground. The bolt will have to be replaced with one long enough to do the trick. I am fortunate to live near an ACE Hardware store that the owner of likes to have a good selection of fasteners on hand. I can literally find just about anything there to put something together with.

If you are planning on taking your Strom off-road, let me say this about the stock handguards. They are not going to protect a thing. They're there for mostly appearance sake.

You might want to take a look at putting some Moose Barkbuster bars with plastic handguards on them. I have a set on my KLR650. It has been down several times off road. After almost 4 years I still have the stock levers on the bike. The guards do work.

I would get the aluminum Barkbusters, get the right hardware and you'll have a very nice setup on your bike.

Please send pictures of how this looks.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-31-2007, 09:35 PM
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When I put my pro tapers on, I also bought some tusk handguards (just the metal part, 30 bucks). They will hold up to any sort of torture or accident. Then I did a little dremel work on the stock plastic deflectors, and put them over the tusk guards. Now I've got the best of both worlds!

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