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post #1 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar change tips for noob?

I am about to change the stock bars to the Moose CR-Hi bars. I have never changed handlebars before so I decided to get some tips from you guys before I try it.

After looking at them, it seems like most of it is just unbolt then re-bolt to new bars, however the throttle part scares me. Is there any trick to taking the throttle stuff off? Also, what method is there where I can reuse the handgrips? If I do need new grips does the throttle side work the same way as the other side? Appreciate the help everyone.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 01:49 PM
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All the hard parts will loosen up and slide off. The clutch and brake perches will unbolt completely. Cover everything with towels first, then remove what you can with the bars bolted in place. The left grip can be removed by running a small phillips screwdriver around the bar under the grip to break the glue.

Once you get all that done, unbolt the bars so you can move them side to side to gain enough slack to remove the control housings and throttle sleeve. Loosly reassemble everything on the new bar and mount them in the correct position. Mark and drill the two positioning tab holes, then snug everything back up. I use the Honda (Same as Three-Bond I think) grip glue and coat the bar first and then the inside of the grip second.

I assume these are steel bars, so the bar ends should bolt right back in.
post #3 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips! These bars are actually carbon steel, will that prevent the bar ends going back on? It looks like it's about to rain now so I may have to wait till later to put them on :roll:

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 03:51 PM
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Aluminum bars are thicker walled than steel. You should have no problems
post #5 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just finished changing them out. The bars are lower and straighter so they contact the fairing just before full lock, but I never really turn it that hard so I didn't really loose anything there. Haven't ridden it yet due to rain and I will be going out of town till Monday so my final opinion is yet to come. Thanks again for the help.

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 07:38 PM
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You might be able to rotate them back a bit and solve that. Of course it might cause the opposite problem; contact with the tank.
post #7 of 9 Old 07-28-2006, 09:27 PM
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Just finished changing them out. The bars are lower and straighter so they contact the fairing just before full lock, but I never really turn it that hard...
Hmmm...sounds like somebody needs to spend some time in "The Box." :wink:

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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....rain. I actually dont mind riding in the rain as long as I have all my gear on. :!:
post #9 of 9 Old 08-02-2006, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well, after a little bit of riding I am glad I changed them. They sit me a little more forward and my arms feel a little wider (not too much), which makes it more comfy for me. There is a little more vibration through them but it is very little more so it really doesn't bother me. The steering lock problem was corrected by tilting the clutch/brake lever assemblies down (had them too far back) so that is no longer an issue. I will put pics in another thread (need to show off new mirrors :wink: ) if anyone is interested. Thanks again for the tips!

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