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I have to give credit to Xena for the inspiration of this idea...plus she's way cool, too!

I had raised my handlebars 7/16 of an inch on my 1200R due to my putting too much weight on the heel of my hand with the bars in the stock position. I knew I wanted to come up about an inch, but I couldn't find any risers in the 2 1/2 inch area-plus, I wanted to keep my (nice) OEM top clamp. My initial solution was to use two 1/2 inch shaft collars under the stock risers along with the requisite longer grade 8 bolts. This worked out fine. I followed in Gene P's footsteps and added the top triple tree from a 2003 narrow glide in order to take advantage of the rubber damped mounting system for the risers...it helps! (thanks, Gene!). This got me thinking (dangerous!) about how satisfied I was with the bar positioning, etc. I tried new eGrips, as my ProGrips were showing wear. Nice idea (eGrips), but they didn't work for me (two more sets of new grips to the parts bin, no waiting...) Then I tried going up another inch under the risers...too much for me. I rotated the bars back a little bit, which put the grips in a more friendly position for me. I happened to look at the shaft collars under the risers and realized that they were starting to look, well, funky...I know...this is thunderpaw...what the heck does he care about funky-looking stuff? Thinking about cleaning up the area under the risers to go with my now polished triple tree...I thought-why not use Xena's idea of new chrome sockets? My first thought was to use 1/2 inch sockets, as the riser bolts would pass right through. Unfortunately, all I wanted to come up was one inch...none of the 1/2 inch sockets were that short. My Craftsman 3/8 19mm was exactly one inch...but I didn't want to sacrifice it. Checked out Pep Boys and Advanced Auto Parts, but their 3/8 sockets were also too long. Ace Hardware to the rescue (again). Both their 3/4 and 19mm 3/8 sockets were exactly one inch long. Cheap, too. I will spare everyone the obvious brain fart that I had, thinking I'd just slap the sockets in a vise on the ol' drill press and, presto-1/2 inch holes. Think tool steel...
Not having any 1/2 inch cobalt drill bits (note to self...get some...), it was not pretty...I wound up using a die grinder and carbide burr to enlarge the holes-still not easy, but much better than trying to drill tool steel with HSS bits! I also added a 3/4 nut-epoxied in-to each socket to provide more integrity on the bottom side.

Much prettier, IMHO-thank you, Xena!

The old vs the new (forgive the marks on the socket-it was spinning in the vise ):



Next, we have the 3/4 inch nut(really, it's a 1/2 x 13), epoxied in place (and drilled out to 1/2 inch):



3/4 socket with "drilled" out to 1/2 inch hole:





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Thats what I did for a trial run then used some aluminumbar stock cut to length and polished. The made an aluminum bracket to mount the indicator lights between the risers and the tank. then I lowerd the spedo and tack mounting them to the underside boly hole in the risers.
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that came out really good..... good idea with the nut in the socket......

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I just might steal that idea!

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Great idea, but these might be a bit less effort!
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Great idea, but these might be a bit less effort!
No S&^#! Where were you a week ago, lol!?
I looked high and low and never found anything remotely similar. I did notice that Arlen Ness was offering a 'kit' that included one inch chrome spacers, but it was nearly sixty bucks...no thanks! Even at the current exchange rate, that's a bargain, folks! Don't do what I did-buy 'em!

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