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11-06-2018 04:25 PM
MeefZah
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Originally Posted by Slow Eddie View Post
Thanks . I can certainly try that , but I'm not sure it will be as stiff as I want it , to support the handguards. Delboy's Garage has a good idea. He uses a 10mm concrete expanding anchor and says it fits the 12mm hole in the bars and works perfectly. Either way is cheap , but I found cheap bar end caps from China (I like their stuff) that has all the sizes for 4 bucks . AND I will use the left-over caps as rear footpeg eliminators on the Triumph instead of the similar $35.00 jobs. I'll probably try all 3 methods and give my thoughts.
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11-06-2018 02:38 PM
Slow Eddie
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Originally Posted by MeefZah View Post
You don't need wizardry, Chinese garbage, or to spend more than $2 on this project... or to think very hard on this.

Get some 1/4" fuel line and a 6mm nut and install the bar ends in a manner similar to the way they came from the factory, using the fuel line over the long bolt as an expander. The OEM pieces you will use are the bar end, the bolt, and the nut. Ditch the rest. Bolt -> bar end -> 2" (or so) of 1/4" diameter fuel line - > 6mm nut. Get it started with the bar end off the bike and make it a snug fit in the end of the bar, once the fit is snug then knock it in with a mallet and tighten the bolt the rest of the way to fully compress the fuel line.
Thanks . I can certainly try that , but I'm not sure it will be as stiff as I want it , to support the handguards. Delboy's Garage has a good idea. He uses a 10mm concrete expanding anchor and says it fits the 12mm hole in the bars and works perfectly. Either way is cheap , but I found cheap bar end caps from China (I like their stuff) that has all the sizes for 4 bucks . AND I will use the left-over caps as rear footpeg eliminators on the Triumph instead of the similar $35.00 jobs. I'll probably try all 3 methods and give my thoughts.
11-06-2018 02:00 PM
MeefZah
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Originally Posted by Slow Eddie View Post
I will have aluminum , but I'll have to work out getting the stock bar ends back on with some wizardry. Cheap Chinese bar ends come with multiple install plugs for various sizes. That may work.
You don't need wizardry, Chinese garbage, or to spend more than $2 on this project... or to think very hard on this.

Get some 1/4" fuel line and a 6mm nut and install the bar ends in a manner similar to the way they came from the factory, using the fuel line over the long bolt as an expander. The OEM pieces you will use are the bar end, the bolt, and the nut. Ditch the rest. Bolt -> bar end -> 2" (or so) of 1/4" diameter fuel line - > 6mm nut. Get it started with the bar end off the bike and make it a snug fit in the end of the bar, once the fit is snug then knock it in with a mallet and tighten the bolt the rest of the way to fully compress the fuel line.
11-06-2018 01:33 PM
Slow Eddie I had to get Pro Taper "Contour" fatbars. The model is KX High and the color is platinum grey .They are due to arrive tomorrow. Renthal had nothing with correct measurements for me . The V-Strom needs 6 inches at the mount and 8 inches for controls and I wanted about 2 to to 2.5 inches of rise. Only the Pro Taper KX high offered everything. The big IF is - Did I measure properly ? The biggest worry is rise and height. Rise is the height from the mount to the "elbow" . Height is from the mount to the height at the end of the handlebar. Not easy to get an accurate measurement of either.
I did not order 2 bars. I want a little more "pullback" on the Triumph bars. I will check these and see if they will be good for the Triumph before I order .
Numbercruncher , you wondered about OEM prices . It appears the factory steel fatbar is $167. These aluminum bars were $67. That's a hundred bucks saved . I will have aluminum , but I'll have to work out getting the stock bar ends back on with some wizardry. Cheap Chinese bar ends come with multiple install plugs for various sizes. That may work.
11-03-2018 07:29 PM
Slow Eddie I just checked the Triumph and no conflict if I just leave the mount as is and go above with the bars. I'm going to measure well and order bars from either Renthal or Pro Taper .
11-03-2018 07:02 PM
Slow Eddie You are correct. It's been a long time since I installed a set of handguards . I just pulled the throttle side . Tight , but it came out.
So , thanks MeefZah . Back to the plans for fatties.
11-03-2018 06:09 PM
MeefZah
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NEW PROBLEM : My DL1000 is the ADV with handguards. The handguards snap into the bar ends which are purpose built with a slot for the handguards . I removed a bar end to take with me to try to find bars that would accept them ( had little hope for that) . These bar ends are not the "expanding" type like on other bikes. There is a threaded plate welded deep in the handlebar that the bar end screw goes into. I dont want to lose my handguards OR the bar ends ....so now I'm going to consider factory steel fat bars . And if I go that route I will get the converters that fit in the stock risers and only add about 1 inch to the height. I'm glad I have all winter to try to do this right. Maybe Numbercruncher will discover something that works that will help us all.
The bar ends on every Suzuki are the expanding style. Are you sure you didn't just unbolt the bar end, leaving the nut and rubber expander in the bar? Sometimes they can stick to the inside which might could seem like they are welded in. Stick a screwdriver in and whack it with a mallet.

Also those bar ends will work on any bar that terminates in 7/8". Use some ingenuity. The OEM bolt can be used with a nut and a piece of fuel line of appropriate external dimensions to snug nicely inside an aluminum bar. Same idea as the OEM Suz bar end mount, just a thinner piece of fuel line to fit in the more narrow aluminum bar.
11-03-2018 10:33 AM
Slow Eddie NEW PROBLEM : My DL1000 is the ADV with handguards. The handguards snap into the bar ends which are purpose built with a slot for the handguards . I removed a bar end to take with me to try to find bars that would accept them ( had little hope for that) . These bar ends are not the "expanding" type like on other bikes. There is a threaded plate welded deep in the handlebar that the bar end screw goes into. I dont want to lose my handguards OR the bar ends ....so now I'm going to consider factory steel fat bars . And if I go that route I will get the converters that fit in the stock risers and only add about 1 inch to the height. I'm glad I have all winter to try to do this right. Maybe Numbercruncher will discover something that works that will help us all.
11-03-2018 06:36 AM
Slow Eddie I will . Had to wait until today to go look at bars. And actually my goal for the V-Strom is just a little higher and a little further back. One inch or less on both. So I imagine a little rerouting will be required. The Triumph is just right for height , but the bars are very straight across , so I want more "pullback" .(Once again with the better looks of the fat bar) The one problem is that the top half of the bar-clamp is bridged and doubles as the instrument mount . Gonna take some thought.....I'll need a beer or two. The center stand arrived arrived yesterday from Tec Bike Parts and that will make the work easier.
Here is a pic. Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated .
10-31-2018 07:35 PM
Numbercruncher
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Originally Posted by Slow Eddie View Post
I'm doing it to my 2014 DL1000 now. I have the 2 inch adjustable risers that convert it to 1 1/8 " bars. Then I will use a ProTaper Fatbar that has less rise than stock , so as to maintain a height near original. With the Rox style risers I will have the benefit of fore and aft adjustment . I'm going to pick out the bars tomorrow. ....and I'll get 2 bars cause I'm doing the same procedure to my Triumph Scrambler. My reasons are similar . I really like the look and I also want the adjustment fore and aft.
If you don't mind, let us know how the cable clearance works out.

NC
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