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post #1 of 18 Old 08-30-2009, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bending the Stock Bars

I know that the stock handlebars aren't the best in the world, but the flexibility of them doesn't really bother me. The bend, though, drives me nuts. I wish that they didn't have as much bend and were straighter. Since I have an ABS Wee, I'd rather not swap bars since I'd have to change the brake line to a longer one.

Has anyone tried to just bend the bars to a better sweep? I'm thinking of taking a long pipe and trying to straighten it out. Am I crazy?
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-30-2009, 11:50 PM
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Yes, you are crazy. Any manual bending of the OEM bars will weaken them and make them extremely unsafe. Just get some standard diameter bars in a different bend. They are cheap, less flexy, and above all SAFE.
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I was looking for the voice of sanity.

The stock bars are 7/8"?

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Yes, you are crazy. Any manual bending of the OEM bars will weaken them and make them extremely unsafe. Just get some standard diameter bars in a different bend. They are cheap, less flexy, and above all SAFE.
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some say

some say a ATV bar works better on the bike than a dirtbike bar

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Yes 7/8". And yes new bars don't have to cost much and most are a lot better and stronger than stock.

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some say a ATV bar works better on the bike than a dirtbike bar
Do aluminum bars vibrate worse than the Steel stock ones?

I'll check out the local shop and compare bars there.
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Yes 7/8". And yes new bars don't have to cost much and most are a lot better and stronger than stock.
Cool. Thanks.
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Pretty much all steel bars will have a cross bar making the stiffer then stock and less flex. Aluminum bars can be found without a cross bar making them more compliant. They don't have vibration issue. At least mine don't and good grips like a true dual density like Spider lessen any there may be. I like mine very much. They are 1.125" but easy to find various conversions from 7/8.

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Do aluminum bars vibrate worse than the Steel stock ones?

I'll check out the local shop and compare bars there.
Yes, aluminum bars generally transmit less vibration than steel. Look here for a LOT of info on different bar options.
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Technically, re-bending the bars will weaken them. Practically, so long as you aren't bending them much, they'll probably be OK. The temptation is to bend them on the bike, but much better to clamp them in a vise (between blocks of wood) to avoid putting extra strain on the bar mounting hardware. I've been re-bending street and dirt bike bars for decades, and haven't had a failure yet. Have had dirt bike bars bent and rebent several times (before, during, and after crashes), and then they only fracture in a crash, after numerous rebends. On bikes with vibrations, there is such a thing as a bar that is too rigid. So if you go the replacement route, you don't necessarily want the strongest, most rigid bar available.
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