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post #1 of 21 Old 09-30-2009, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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So I picked up my new to me '09 Wee yesterday and this afternoon I was on the patio trying to decide what, if anything, I will move from my ST1300.
I removed the bar ends and learned my first Wee Strom lesson, don't take the screws all the way out. I thought the nut inside was secured like my other bike.
Well as you all know I was wrong. So here I am now with two bar ends and no way to put them back on. The rubber expanding sleeve is still in the bar and i can hear the nut rolling around. Is there a way to hook the sleeve out and then I could probably tilt the bar to get the nut out. Or is there another obvious solution I am missing?

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That sucks but I am glad you did it before I did. Thanks for the tip!
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If you have an air compressor, put a catch container on one end, and blow compressed air through the bars from the other - it should blow the retainers right through (been there, done that).
Otherwise, use a bar snake or similar (some sort of flexible tube cleaning device small enough and long enough to make it through the bars) to push them out the other end of the bar.
It's a well-known problem :rolleyes:

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no air compressor but good idea about pushing them out. I guess some wd40 couldn't hurt

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I did the same thing the other night. had a magnet that fit in bars, one for getting bolts and such hat fell into the engine bay idea, and the bolt had not gone to far one me. O well live and learn.
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I think getting the retainers out is the problem right now. If I can get them out I can get the nuts

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Well as you all know I was wrong. So here I am now with two bar ends and no way to put them back on. The rubber expanding sleeve is still in the bar and i can hear the nut rolling around. Is there a way to hook the sleeve out and then I could probably tilt the bar to get the nut out. Or is there another obvious solution I am missing?[/QUOTE]

I also did that trick. It required 30 minutes and several dental tools. Basically, I used a 7 inch long dental pick. The pick has a 2 angled hook on the end so I was able to hook the sleeve. I used a small magnet to retrieve the nut.

Have patience.
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Thanks to everyone for their comments and suggestions. i have Friday off so I'll probably go handle bar fishing. I'll let y'alls know how it turns out.

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WTF? :eek6:

You broke it already? Well...it is just a .650. :rolleyes:

WD-40, coat hanger to hook the rubber expander, sacrifice a small goat and hope for the best.
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WTF? :eek6:

You broke it already? Well...it is just a .650. :rolleyes:

WD-40, coat hanger to hook the rubber expander, sacrifice a small goat and hope for the best.
Ski, don't be so cold but 1+ on the wire coat hanger. I've done that crap multiple times but I never thought about an animal sacrifice.
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