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Rainy day project...

As most of you know it was the old man's b-day last week. One of my presents was a Renthal Ultra Low handle bar. Thought today would be a good time to install it. The critical step is drilling the locator holes for the switch and throttle assemblies. In wood working you measure twice and cut once. When installing a high quality handle bar you measure 6 times drill once and hope you get it right.

Time to head out to the garage for the drilling step. I will report back later with the results.


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Oh I hope this goes well...

It has all the makings of a disaster!

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Oh I hope this goes well...

It has all the makings of a disaster!
Thanks for the kind words of encouragement.

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I did this, then went back to stock. It's not too bad. Measure 7 times.

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The critical step is drilling the locator holes for the switch and throttle assemblies.
Not trying to be a wise a$$ here, Mike, but when I installed my Renthals I only had to drill one hole - the one for the throttle housing. Didn't have any other pegs to deal with. is that the case with yours?

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Not trying to be a wise a$$ here, Mike, but when I installed my Renthals I only had to drill one hole - the one for the throttle housing. Didn't have any other pegs to deal with. is that the case with yours?
Vaid question Dave. My left side (hi/low headlight, blinker, horn) switch assembly has a plastic locator pin. Maybe yours was cut off!

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I just did it and I had to drill two holes. I think I measured about a dozen times, but that is just because i didn't want to waste too much time, lol. good luck, post a pic when done.

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Why are you drilling holes? I think it would be better to grind off the locator pins no? That way there will be no weak points in the bars and gives you much more adjustability with the controls.

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Why are you drilling holes? I think it would be better to grind off the locator pins no? That way there will be no weak points in the bars and gives you much more adjustability with the controls.
From past experience when the pins have been ground off. I never was happy with the results especially the throttle assembly. It would always rotate, drove me crazy. I don't buy into the weaking of these bars with a 3/16" hole. If you ever saw a Renthal bar you would know what I mean. That sucker has some substance to it.

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I agree. Drill away. That bar is near indestructible, especially for MX. Unless you plan on doing alot of off road riding and ALOT of dropping, lol. No seriously, better than the controls slipping.

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Another mod. completed. The holes are in the correct places I moved them in 7 mm to compensate for not using those funky Honda bar ends. Now all that is needed is a dry day to try them out.


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bar mount for RC51 front end?

I am assuming its beefy then, cool. My reference point is usually in mounting controls to clip-ons which arent the thickest of tubes so drilling is out.

On a similar note. I have a RC51 front end mounted to my CBR900rr. I have built the bike to be a street fighter and looks sort of like a 919. I will see if I can get some picts soon.

Anyway, I am still using the stock clip-ons from the RC and want to convert it to a high rise bar setup. Anyone know where I can get a new top triple clamp with bar mount set up alla the 919?

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Looking good

Now sit back w/ one of those corona's & enjoy

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Looks good. Pull out the Corona boxes now.

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I am assuming its beefy then, cool. My reference point is usually in mounting controls to clip-ons which arent the thickest of tubes so drilling is out.

On a similar note. I have a RC51 front end mounted to my CBR900rr. I have built the bike to be a street fighter and looks sort of like a 919. I will see if I can get some picts soon.

Anyway, I am still using the stock clip-ons from the RC and want to convert it to a high rise bar setup. Anyone know where I can get a new top triple clamp with bar mount set up alla the 919?
Dave- I was going to do a similar project to my R6 before I bought the 919. A company called LSL makes the top triple to accept a handle bar. In fact they sell complete kits including longer cables which you will need.

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Hey Mike,

What about the vibration factor w/o the bar ends?




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Looks Sweet!! So how do they feel mike? Been thinking of some different bars myself. Not sure what I want. Probably want somthing that take me a little more forward and down. Is that was your new bars do? How much for your new mod?

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Mark- Vibration should be less then with the stock bar. The Renthal is one serious handlebar, looks about 2 mm in wall thickness. Vibration never was a issue, I have been riding around for the past 2 years with my CRG bar end mirror. I had to remove the left side anti-vibration assembly to mount the CRG mirror adapter.

Adam- The bar feels great, it will give me a little more needed leverage when riding the twisties. I bought the from http://www.denniskirk.com/ cost was $62 + shipping. These are the one's for you.

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Ha I just noticed the clubs on the left and Corona on the right. Perfect combo!




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Evad, you gotta post some pics. I am sure a bunch of us would love to see that. Mike, looking good. I did the same and I installed the renthal brand bar end weights as the stockers wont fit (I'm sure you already knew that). Mostly did it to tidy it up a bit. They weigh almost nothing compared to stock, but those bars are damned solid. No more numbness and loads more leverage. Congrats, you're gonna love em!

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Those look like they would be perfect Mike. Anything you don't like about them?

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Those look like they would be perfect Mike. Anything you don't like about them?
Finally got to ride the twisties last Sunday. Here is my first ride impression with the Renthal bar.

+ Additional handle bar width makes it easier to initiate or make a correction in a turn. Great combo. with the 10 mm bumped forks.
+ For me the riding position with a little more weight over the front end is just right without being uncomfortable.
+ The thick wall aluminum tubing seems to eliminate the vibes, will have to do a long ride to verify this.
+ Makes pushing the 919 around much easier especially if you vertically challenged. lol-

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So, I'm moderately mechanically able, but never happened to cut aluminum pipe before. What do you use to cut it? Circular? Jigsaw? Reciprocating? Dremmel? What type of blade?

And, for the followup, any kind of special bit used to drill the holes? Size? I'm sure I could figure 1/2 of this stuff out by taking off my old bars, but since I don't have my new bars yet, just trying to get some up front info.

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So, I'm moderately mechanically able, but never happened to cut aluminum pipe before. What do you use to cut it? Circular? Jigsaw? Reciprocating? Dremmel? What type of blade?

And, for the followup, any kind of special bit used to drill the holes? Size? I'm sure I could figure 1/2 of this stuff out by taking off my old bars, but since I don't have my new bars yet, just trying to get some up front info.
Pipe cutter and any high-speed drill bit. I'm thinking it was 3/16" for the posts, but better to measure (six or eight times!).

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Front shocks

Mike, the 1st pic of your bars and triple. Is that the stock shocks you have? My 2006 have preload and damper adjustments on them. So does the rear shock. My brakes also look different from most 919s I've seen. Also my bike has a clock and 3 different odometers. Maybe the specs from 2002 is still being advertized for late model bikes.

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