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I've lost a few. Couldn't figure out what was happeninng. Now I'm thinking that it might be the fact that I'm cleaning the inside of the bars TOO MUCH! I've been using a swab soaked with carb. cleaner to clean it out. Maybe it's too clean to hold the bar ends?:headbang:
 

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I've lost a few. Couldn't figure out what was happeninng. Now I'm thinking that it might be the fact that I'm cleaning the inside of the bars TOO MUCH! I've been using a swab soaked with carb. cleaner to clean it out. Maybe it's too clean to hold the bar ends?:headbang:
yep, the hold in by friction mostly. i'd rough it up, or try using something sticky like hairspray to create a little friction.
 

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I've lost a few. Couldn't figure out what was happeninng. Now I'm thinking that it might be the fact that I'm cleaning the inside of the bars TOO MUCH! I've been using a swab soaked with carb. cleaner to clean it out. Maybe it's too clean to hold the bar ends?:headbang:
You clean the INSIDE of your handle bars? How often? Every oil change? Every fuel fill? Does the bike run better? Sounds sort of OCD to me... :fineprint:

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Never heard of such a thing, cleaning the inside of ones handlebars. I thought I was OCD. I agree use hairspray, that is also what I have used for my hand grips for the past 30 years when changing them out. I have never lost a grip heated or otherwise and they seem to be firmly installed.
 

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I've lost a few. Couldn't figure out what was happeninng. Now I'm thinking that it might be the fact that I'm cleaning the inside of the bars TOO MUCH!
I gotta know...why? Why would you clean out the inside of your handlebars at all, let alone too much?
 

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How I clean my bike when o get to doing it. Put it up on a centerstand and using powerwasher rinse it so it's wet. Then I spray some simple green shit on where bugs relaxed and degreezer on chain and around the splashes. Let it sit for a little and just blast it with powerwasher. I'm using teflon lubricant for chain and all lock cavities. That's it. I did not know I have to wash inside the handle bars. Well, I'll do it next time around...
 

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A simple twist of the wrist whilest grasping the bar and turning will make it tight again. I noticed mine were loose before. They are behaving now due to being addressed.
 

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How can you lose those things?

I don't care if you wash your bars, or lube them with oil or KY; it's a bolt pulling two washers together and expanding the rubber caught between them; there's no way that thing will just rattle loose if you tighten it properly in the first place.

It might crack your bars from overtightening the bolt, but it won't slide out...

(shakes head) yet another case of a so-called evolved australopitecus afarensis using technology that they don't understand ;)
 

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You may want to back off the pressure washer or you will be replacing alot more than bar ends. Just my $.02
 

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Okay, maybe it is only me who is this stupid, but when I fitted my hand guards I had the same problem, I would fasten the screw on the bar end weight and it kept pulling out. Then I worked out I put the rubber thing (whatever it is called, I think it was that bit) in the wrong way round. Turned it around and fastened it and it was fine. Again, you are probably not this daft but just in case ....... please, I do not want to be alone :green_lol:
 

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How can you lose those things?

I don't care if you wash your bars, or lube them with oil or KY; it's a bolt pulling two washers together and expanding the rubber caught between them; there's no way that thing will just rattle loose if you tighten it properly in the first place.

It might crack your bars from overtightening the bolt, but it won't slide out...

(shakes head) yet another case of a so-called evolved australopitecus afarensis using technology that they don't understand ;)
Shows how little you know ducky :yesnod:
Maybe you should get off the tar on to the rough stuff now and then :biggrinjester:

They do come out by themselves.
Just ask Ron [p38arover], he lost both of his on the way down to the Bright Annual Gathering earlier this year.

I actually saw one of them hit the ground, just didn't realise it at the time [although I did think it was an unusually black and round stone at the time].

Mind you, on the road Muddy picked for the route, it was a wonder our engines didn't fall out [don't worry Glenn, it was supposed to be a highway, and apart from that short dirt stretch it was an AWESOME road to travel].

I periodically tighten mine by hand just to keep a check on them.


BTW, just ribbing you Ducky :green_lol::green_lol:
Hope the world is going well for you. :thumbup:
 

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it's a bolt pulling two washers together and expanding the rubber caught between them
Thank you. While fitting heated grips, the inside section of the bar weights did a disappearing act which required 15 minutes of 'fishing' with a wire/hook to recover the bits. Looks like I've lost one washer - couldn't see they were supposed to work, although didn't put much thought into it, just had one loose bar end.

Have now added washer and magic it works :) :hurray:
 

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LIke I said; when they're tight, it's IMPOSSIBLE for them to fall out, unless the rubber disintegrates.

NO amount of vibration can shake those things loose.

It's funny that so many people know so little about bar ends...
 

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It's funny that so many people know so little about bar ends...
I know plenty about bar ends.

I prop them up all the time. :fineprint: :biggrinjester:

If you ever get over here I will shout you a drink or three and we can prop one up together for an hour or two. :green_lol::green_lol:
 

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Use compressed air

Thank you. While fitting heated grips, the inside section of the bar weights did a disappearing act which required 15 minutes of 'fishing' with a wire/hook to recover the bits. Looks like I've lost one washer - couldn't see they were supposed to work, although didn't put much thought into it, just had one loose bar end.

Have now added washer and magic it works :) :hurray:

The weight on my right side fell of the other day. I have a Vista Cruise throttle lock installed which forces my hand toward the end of the grip. I think this has to do with the right side weight loosening. I follwed Greywolf's advice and removed the left side weight. I then used compressed air in the left bar end to blow the loose hardwardpe out the right side. It works like a charm? A drop of locktite on the threads this time and hopefully they will stay put.
 

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i never knew you were supposed to clean inside the bars.

but seriously, i've bent the bar end weights seveal times when i dropped the bike. Kind poor design in that the weights hit the ground first even with crash bars on. But then again they bend right back and I still have the originals.

say.... how bad is the vibration without those things?
 

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Wow! Hadn't been back in a while!

My question set off a firestorm!

I cleaned the inside when replacing the bar end with an expensive new one (or two) hoping that would improve grip and save me from future losses. As you know, it didnt.

I'll try the harspray idea. But, I think something else is going on too. After riding not very far, I find that the bar end screw is ready to be retightened a turn or two. Think I'll put a little blue lock tite on the threads inside.
 
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