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post #1 of 36 Old 04-29-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Check list for installing new bars.

Thinking about finally swapping out the beautiful stock bars for some UL or other bars.

Outside of drilling holes in the new bars what else is needed?

Bar ends,
New grips for show

As far as cutting the bars, just use a pipe cutter and debur the ends?

Seems like Renthal is the most popular bars people around here use, anything else worth looking into?
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Thinking about finally swapping out the beautiful stock bars for some UL or other bars.

Outside of drilling holes in the new bars what else is needed?

Bar ends,
New grips for show

As far as cutting the bars, just use a pipe cutter and debur the ends?

Seems like Renthal is the most popular bars people around here use, anything else worth looking into?
You got most of it, it's pretty straightforward. Only real trick is that you need to remove the bar clamps to slide the throttle tube off, can't get enough clearance with it still connected. Also stock bar ends won't fit in renthals, aftermarkets might depending on if you have the right adapter or can make one. to get the grips off I always just use a zip tie and some WD-40 or something similar and break the glue lose shoving the ziptie between the bar and the grip.

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Don't use WD40 to break the old glue, it works very well but is a mess to clean up. Use contact cleaner & it works just as well without leaving any mess.

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An air hose will pop the grips right off without using anything. Cheap hairspray to put them back on.

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+1. Compressed air works great.

Edit: Depending on the color you get, I have Renthal bar-ends I am not using and would sell cheap. Kind of a charcoal
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An air hose will pop the grips right off without using anything. Cheap hairspray to put them back on.
I do all my work either in the parking lot or in the living room so no access to an air hose; thus the contact cleaner

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I do all my work either in the parking lot or in the living room so no access to an air hose; thus the contact cleaner
Gotta use what ya got

You could run a small air hose to your neighbor's tire.

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Just wondering how many of you skipped drilling the bars?


He does make a good point.

Main perk I see with not drilling them is I can easily adjust the bars later on, if I want to cut them shorter I can just slide everything in slightly.
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Did a bar end search and found a thread with a lot of debate on the drill/no drill subject.

Guess I'll get them lightly installed with pins and get a feel for if I like it or not, then cut the bars down if needed then drill, just so I can say I did it the right way.

I'm not diggin the idea of wide bars at least in thought, I'll find out once they're installed.
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When I had UL's I did what your suggesting and lightly fitted the controls till I found a nice position then I drilled. I even cut the bars down later and redrilled them again. Never worried me.

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It's just as simple as in the video. Don't sweat it too much. Idk if PO drilled my bars or not, haven't checked yet, but on my previous bike i didn't drill them. so much fuss over something useless. tighten up the screws, or put some electrical tape around the bar. i'd rather be able to move things around to get them where they are most comfortable. can't imagine slamming on the controls that hard they move, if they go loose just tighten them up.
I have UL's. i'm 5'5" and not long armed, i find the ULs a little wide but haven't committed to cutting them. might just slide everything in a little. IIRC there's about an inch on each side.

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...might just slide everything in a little. IIRC there's about an inch on each side.
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I'd suggest mediums. More aggresive feel than stock but easier on the back. With mine, I cut them down 1/2" and drilled them.

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I ordered the ultra lows, should be here today, now its just a matter of time to install them.

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I'd suggest mediums. More aggresive feel than stock but easier on the back. With mine, I cut them down 1/2" and drilled them.
You know I always thought the upright position was better on your back. Then LDH mentions that a leaned position takes out compression to your spine allowing you to ride longer more comfortable, of course this is considering legs, feet position, etc is all good.

So now, is it upright or leaned over? (twss)

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For me leaned over hands down is better. My lower back has been jacked since birth.
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I just installed mine on Sunday. I didn't cut them shorter I actually like the Renthals width. When u measure add a 1/2 inch as the stock barends add 1/2 ". Get some bar end mirrors much better view!


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You know I always thought the upright position was better on your back. Then LDH mentions that a leaned position takes out compression to your spine allowing you to ride longer more comfortable, of course this is considering legs, feet position, etc is all good.

So now, is it upright or leaned over? (twss)
Ah, interesting, I still like the mediums though. My new bars are stock CB1000R which are kinda' medium. Should be very comfortable.


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I expected the bars to be longer, they seem to be the same size as the stock bars when using bar ends.

still think I'm going to cut them down, I'll know more once they're on the bike.
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As I assumed, too long for my taste, I cut 3/4th inch off each side, then went back for around 1/2 inch more. Just a heads up for people who cut off as much as I did, there's little inserts inside the bars so currently I have around 2/3-3/4 inch of room inside the bar for a bar end, Thankfully my bars feel good and really don't need one other than for beautifacation reasons.

I'm kicking myself for not doing bars sooner, Hands down the best $60 I've spent mod wise EVER. wow the bike fits me like a glove now. I couldn't believe the difference it made for me.


Currently I'm running mirror less since I didn't put them back on, I love not seeing them. However I don't love not being able to see behind myself when I'm stopped or when I'm about to do something stupid.

I'm thinking about a tiny bar end mirror, a single one. Anyone have any pointers on which one to use? Less is more, regardless of how big my mirrors are I always look over my shoulder before changing lanes, my mirrors are only to know what's around me. I always like to watch my back when stopped, and also for police/EMS/Fire.
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CRGs 2" blindspot mirrors do the job for me!

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Is there a way to reuse the stock bar ends? I have a Kaoko Throttle Lock I'm not willing to give up

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Is there a way to reuse the stock bar ends? I have a Kaoko Throttle Lock I'm not willing to give up
The stock bar ends screw into a bung thats fit into the stock handlebars, it would be a bitch to remove and wouldn't fit into a Renthal Bar, I am not sure but the Throttle lock should work with renthal bar ends?

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For anyone looking to install these bars, keep in mind that the stock honda bars are cut so the grips stick out a bit on each side, the bar ends are designed to fill that void. When it comes to after market bar ends, most sit flush to the bars. So... I should have installed the grips, marked the end location of the grip and cut VS cutting the bars down the size I wanted then installing grips.

I'll either reuse the stock bar ends, or I'll add a bunch of washers or some other item between the bar end and the bar ends.
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I believe that's what's on my bike. Either way they will fit, they're 7/8 bar ends. The visibility is pretty good. On my last bike I had some chinese knock offs a little bigger, off ebay, they had the inserts to fit in the ends of bars (might be an issue if the renthals are blocked off). An FYI though, i took it for inspection and they said these were too small. stuck the stockers back on and good to go. I have no issue with the size.

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An air hose will pop the grips right off without using anything. Cheap hairspray to put them back on.
This. I used the needle for filling basketballs and they slide right off. I came in from the outside and got it half way off and the came at it from the inside closest to the controls to get it the rest of the way. Easy peezy.


ETA: I also didn't cut mine. I used ODI ends which stick out less than 1/4" so the overall width was roughly the same as the factory bar and ends.

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Grips for Renthals

I was reading down this post and thought my question might apply to anyone else looking to replace the handlebars. I am looking at purchasing some Renthals of some geometry and am wondering if anyone has thoughts on grips. Also, I have CRG bar end mirrors and wanted to make sure there would be no issues installing these into the new handlebars.

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Just a heads up for bar end anything. The ID of the Renthal bars is 1/2 inch.

That limits you to not many bar ends without using a custom setup. Thankfully that isn't all that hard to do. Some rubber hose over a screw with a nut on the backside does wonders.
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I use the CRG bar end mirrors and just didn't cut off the end of the bar and clamped them directly on the outside of the bar... has worked fine for me so far... Then I just got Rizoma bar end covers to fill the hole as I didn't find any need for a bar end weight after installing the renthals.
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Just a heads up for bar end anything. The ID of the Renthal bars is 1/2 inch.

That limits you to not many bar ends without using a custom setup. Thankfully that isn't all that hard to do. Some rubber hose over a screw with a nut on the backside does wonders.
Here's a link to the ODI bar ends I used. Not flashy but cheap enough and they don't stick out far at all which is what I was going for. They locked in tight too.

Amazon.com: Odi ODIAluminum Bicycle Bar Plugs (Blue): Sports & Outdoors

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I use the CRG bar end mirrors and just didn't cut off the end of the bar and clamped them directly on the outside of the bar... has worked fine for me so far... Then I just got Rizoma bar end covers to fill the hole as I didn't find any need for a bar end weight after installing the renthals.
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Here's a link to the ODI bar ends I used. Not flashy but cheap enough and they don't stick out far at all which is what I was going for. They locked in tight too.

Amazon.com: Odi ODIAluminum Bicycle Bar Plugs (Blue): Sports & Outdoors
I was looking at those. good to know it does fit, I was unsure if it would fit the 1/2 inch bars.
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