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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2014, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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How to keep Rox risers from moving

I installed 2" Rox Elite pivoting risers. I have them angled back towards the rider more than up. I'm having a heck of a time keeping them tight. Just when I think I can't tighten them anymore, I force them up and down and they move. They will not stay tight.

I googled the problem and saw some snowmobile guys rough the surface up that goes in the clamps. I also found some Honda guys that said you need to tighten the front clamp bolts first, then the rears. I couldn't find any issues on a V Strom.

I'm continuing to try these solutions, but maybe somebody can tell me the trick on a Suzuki to keeping the risers from moving.

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I tightened the front and then the back after, worked perfectly. My bars never move.

You could try thin rubber underneath to give more traction? Maybe cut up a rubber glove or put a bit of carpet tape on there.

I wonder if red loctite would stick between aluminum pieces? How about a drop of crazy glue?

Put blue loctite on the bolts so they don't loosen up over time.
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I tightened the front and then the back after, worked perfectly. My bars never move.

You could try thin rubber underneath to give more traction? Maybe cut up a rubber glove or put a bit of carpet tape on there.

I wonder if red loctite would stick between aluminum pieces? How about a drop of crazy glue?

Put blue loctite on the bolts so they don't loosen up over time.
I tried that trick using some thin rubber and I couldn't tighten them enough. So I just tightened them down on the bar with nothing there, doing the front then the rear. No problems.

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I once had a set of handlebars that were perfectly smooth in the mounting area that would slowly move. I slathered the area in red loctite, re-clamped them and they never moved again. Mind you, those risers you've got provide a fair amount of leverage...

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I've got the same ones on my 04. I just tightened down the front, then the rear, and they haven't moved on me since.

Are the rox risers moving in the stock clamps, or is the bar moving in the rox risers (or both)?
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Might be obvious, but have you got the right risers for the bar, they come in two diameter sizes..........just a thought.
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I've got the same ones on my 04. I just tightened down the front, then the rear, and they haven't moved on me since.

Are the rox risers moving in the stock clamps, or is the bar moving in the rox risers (or both)?
They are moving in the stock 7/8" clamps. The bars 1 1/8" Pro Taper Contours are firm as heck.

I emailed Rox and they said just keep cranking them down. I will try that and if I break a bolt I guess I break a bolt. They also recommended tightening the rear first that will be covered by the bars, rotating the bars in place, then tightening the front.

I may also scuff them up a bit where they fit in the stock clamps to help with the bite.

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As other have stated, I tightened the front bolts, then the back. Mine have not moved in the 5+ years I have had them on....good luck!!

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Check your clamps for a gap, even when they are fully tightened down there should be a small gap at the front or back, if there is no gap tightening down more will be no help.

Now this may sound strange but rub Engineers French Chalk on the clamp surface before you assemble it.

I one had a chuck on my drill that would spin on it's own shaft and the chuck would fall off the shaft, I was told to draw a couple of lines on the shaft with the chalk then put the chuck back on and use the chuck, that chuck never slipped or come off again.

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A small strip of aluminium from a can would work better than rubber but nothing at all would be best.

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Thank you for all the replies.

I think I figured out my problem. My bars were not stock when I purchased the bike. I was using the bag of parts provided by the previous owner when re-installing my stock 7/8" bar clamps on the Rox risers. I was using the only bolts in the bag which were not the stock bolts for the clamps. The head was slightly larger than the hole and as I tightened them, they would eat up the aluminum around the edges as I continued to tighten them. If that makes sense. That is why they were so hard to turn and my risers would not stay tight.

I will have to head to the hardware store or Suzuki store tomorrow to pick up the correct bolts that fit in the holes.

Thank you again for all the replies.
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