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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Bent handlebar Reply with quote

Something has always been off on my LT. I knew that the PO had dropped it on the RH side because the fairing is cracked. I always figured that the fairing bracket was bent. Not the case. The RH side of the handle bar is bent back about 1 1/4". Best I can tell anyway using wood butchery instruments.

Has anyone ever tried to straighten out a bent baron the bike? I am a little concerned to just go after it with brute strength and awkwardness. If I have to go to the trouble to remove the bar, I will just put a new one on.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given how they're mounted I wouldn't try it on the bike. I think it would take quite a bit of force to bend the bars back. I think there might be a risk of either tweaking the triple tree alignment or maybe messing up the handlebar mounts.

I've got a set of used LT bars if you're interested.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's probably a minor PITA to take the bar off - but if you don't mind doing that, you should be able to get it put right at your local straightener.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slight detour (not quite a hijack) but the thread reminded me of this...

Anyone remember when Freddie Spencer was still racing Superbikes in the US before going to Europe for 250/500cc racing? His mechanics noted that on multiple occasions his handlebars would be bent after races- without crashing. Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the LT handlebars steel or aluminum?

If they are steel they are heavy and should be replaced....bars are cheap 40$ or so, plus you can get a set that is swept back further/wider.

If they are aluminum I wouldn't bend them back due to fatiuge rates.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're steel.

When removing/swapping handlebars on a K bike, I prefer to do it without disconnecting the brake line and having to bleed the brakes when you put things back together. This can be accomplished by disconnecting the choke and throttle cables and removing the left perch first. Then you can remove the handlebars out of the left perch without having to disconnect the brake line.

Also note that you can keep the clutch depressed to leave slack in the clutch cable by pulling in the clutch and placing a block of wood between the clutch arm and exhaust. Makes dealing with the clutch cable much easier.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like a simple project will turn into a real PITA. Think I will wait for the snow to fly. Can you get the heated grips off and back on without buggering them up? I will probably try to straighten my bar. Chicago BMW wants $135 - discount for a new one. Think I will visit Duck's and see what he has.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Right" way is to use a needle to get the terminals out of the four lead connector under the tank.

The more common way is to pull some slack out, cut the wires and then resolder when you put the handlebars back on.

Be careful with the heated grips. If you break the connection where the wires meet the heating elements then you're screwed because you can't resolder them to the heating elements because solder doesn't stick to that metal.

Use a vacuum and a piece of string to pull the wires back through.
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