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post #1 of 33 Old 09-27-2008, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, got the renthal bars. Now what?

As the title says, I got my renthal mediums in silver. Now comes the task of installing them. I do have the tools to do this with but, I don't know if there is something "special" that I need to know about installing them or if I can just throw them on there and be done with it.

There is also secret option "b". I sit on my fat ass tomorrow and take the bars with me to work monday and have one of the tech's in the shop help me put them on.

If there is someone here locally that would like to donate their time and help me with this, please feel free to PM me and we can meet up.

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Drill or not to drill... That is the question?

I vote DRILL.


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Drill or not to drill... That is the question?

I vote DRILL.

+1 on drilling. Layed out my Mediums much as Mikey describes here. 5 minutes on the drill press and bada bing! No worries about randomly rotating controls.

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I'd just grind off the nubs (sorry but what good is a point without a counterpoint?)

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I had planned on drilling to begin with. Now someone said to me that I may need to cut off a little on the ends of the bars. Is this true?

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Drilling is actually the proper way to do it, you'll only need to cut some off the ends of the bars if they feel too wide for you, I didn't cut any off mine because I like the leverage the wider bars give you.

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I, too, like the wider bars, but it makes the bike look a little funky with the bar-end mirrors. I've been thinking about cutting them down...but I'm scared of a hack-job

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Brand new metal hacksaw blade and cutting them is a piece of cake. Aluminum is pretty easy to cut. I used a plumbers copper pipe cutter to make a straight line to follow. Then file the fresh ends to clean up any oops and your done. Bar ends cover any sloppiness so you'll never see it. I cut about an inch off each end, that seems to be about the max you can go. Have fun.

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my ultra lows seemed too wide out of the box, so i cut 1" off of either end, which is still 1" wider than stock on either end........ i didnt see a need for 2" extra on either end, even for my big 6'4" monkey armed ass

and i vote for drill as well, measure good and make one hole, its a piece of cake

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Drill em!!

Just make sure you have the right sized bit. Hopefully someone can chime in on the proper size here. My bit was a little too small so I tried to "massage" them wider with a dremel. Needless to say, the holes are too big. So now I have tape and holes. Whatev. It works.

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+1 on the 'drill' advice. No need to have rotating controls in a dicey situation when... control is what you need most. Width is personal preference. Cutting is easy. Go for it! Just measure carefully using your old bars as a template. Remember that your new bars may be lower than the originals and change the angle at which your hands rest on the controls, requiring a change in brake and clutch lever position. Test the new bar and controls for position on the bike before you drill!

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I took a much less sophisticated approach on finding the location for drilling. I put my bars on in the position i wanted, put the controls on, left the two halfs apart on the controls..positioned them, put some white lithum grease on the peg and closed them up...that way i can rotate them around to the position i bet liked.

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I left my Renthals the stock length,and drilled the bars for the controls. I drilled just enough for the controls to seat, didn't go all the way through the bars. Don't remember the drill size. Have thought about going back and cutting them down a bit. Can not make my mind up.

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I think i used 13/64 or possibly 7/32nd. i cannot remember as one was real tight and i think i opted for the next one up. 13/64 i think fits just barely into the stock hole.

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Well now I don't have to worry about the bar issue. I had enlisted the help of my uncle (who has all of the "right" tools in his garage) to put these bars on. As I was riding over there, with the bars in my backpack, I hit a small dip in the road and the renthals took a flying leap. Nothing like seeing the $60 handlebars you just got go flying in your rear view mirror.

So I think to myself "s*it!!", I pull off the side of the road thinking I could at least get them and salvage them somehow. NOT! As soon as I got off my bike and took off my helmet, a truck came alone and took them out. Now they look like a f'n pretzel. Just my luck!

At least all is not lost, I did install my cool grips and got some kick ass bbq. I think i'll just get some black mirrors and be done with it. Besides, the money could be spent on something else like an exhaust or paying off the alarm at work (do you hear this boss?). ;-)

Anyways, thanks for letting me vent.

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Awwwww, that sucks! Luckily, no one got hurt. Time to save up for another bar!

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Awwwww, that sucks! Luckily, no one got hurt. Time to save up for another bar!
Funny thing is that the guy who ran over them stopped and asked me what he hit. When I told him that it was a set of aluminum bars, he asked if they were expensive and I said "they weren't that bad".

I hate this kind of luck!

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Joe, sorry for your troubles, but that really is a very funny story! Not in the laughing at you sort of way, mind you, but more in the, "Hey, buy me a beer and I'll tell you this funny story!" sort of way.

Better luck with your next purchase and enjoy the beer!

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Funny thing is that the guy who ran over them stopped and asked me what he hit. When I told him that it was a set of aluminum bars, he asked if they were expensive and I said "they weren't that bad".

I hate this kind of luck!
i just happy you and the rest of your motorcycle werent attached to the bars when the truck ran over them....



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Damn that sucks! Good to heard that they didn't come flying at you when the truck hit them...

FWIW - I've drilled the bars on some bikes and ground the nubs on others. You'll never get anyone on here to admit that both methods work just fine, they need to keep this debate alive... but I've never had an issue with either method.

Go get some new bars, they make quite a difference... just don't tell us which method you used for the controls!

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Joe, sorry for your troubles, but that really is a very funny story! Not in the laughing at you sort of way, mind you, but more in the, "Hey, buy me a beer and I'll tell you this funny story!" sort of way.

Better luck with your next purchase and enjoy the beer!
I am enjoying a dos XX as we speak in your honor. And by the way, i've got this funny story to tell you...

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I got a new set of renthal bars and got them on the bike today. I know what others have said here about them but, I just didn't see a huge difference in the vibration or way they feel. One of the techs at work did it for me and drilled them (for the controls).

It's a 17 mile one way commute from work and on the ride home, it just didnt' do it for me. Which is odd because most of the forum members have said that they are the best thing since sliced bread. The grips that I had put on there did dampen the vibes a little but, other than that, same as before. At least in my opinon anyways.

One of the salesmen at the dealership had suggested that if I wanted something different to paint my OEM handlebars. It seems like a easy enough task but, what do I do with the renthals? Any ideas?

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Bar Snake
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It'll fix any vibes you're getting

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thanks.... now what the hell is it????



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I didn't even notice the size, sorry about that. Bar Snakes are a rubber insert that goes through the bar and absorbs the vibrations

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I didn't even notice the size, sorry about that. Bar Snakes are a rubber insert that goes through the bar and absorbs the vibrations

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ohhhhh..... ok.. do they work good and how much are they?


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The one I had in the ex's Nighthawk worked great, Competition accessories has the one for aluminum bars for $29.99

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After doing a bit of looking around, I am thinking of giving the renthal low's a shot (I have another $10 off your purchase of $25 or more thing from cycle gear). I'm 5' 7" and around 180-190 if anyone would care to comment on the position of these bars.

If I go this route, i'll have a set of mediums up for grabs.

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I recently replaced the stock bars with the Renthal ultra lows. I'm still not sure it's the perfect bend for me, but I like it much more than the stock bars. Most people will agree that the Renthals are just a bit wide. I'll end up cutting them down .5" to 1" on either end.

As for the vibration issue, I guess buying a second 919 for my second street bike never afforded me the opportunity to experience a 'vibration-free' bike, but I really don't notice anything objectionable with the 919 (either the '04 or the '07). Is the vibration of this bike really that bad compared to other bikes?
I've heard good things about the bar snakes.

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