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Old 19th August 2008
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if you leave the grips out in the sun and get them nice and toasty you can just twist the grips off easier than when the grips arent hot. took me five minutes to take old grips off old bars and swap em to new drags! Only did that because i wasn't wanting to buy new grips yet! Plus your clutch lever clamps on to grips and hold them in place. Or an easier way than heating them up is squirt some wd40 in the grip but make sure to clean it out afterwards then put them back on.
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It's a good idea to place a thick towel over the gas tank when working on handlebars. Either the ratchet handle or the bars will eventually smack the tank and the towel is there to protect it.
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Good advice TC. I was always just too darn stubborn.
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How I change from 15" apes to stock bars in 3 hours

I call Dan (drcstang) and ask him to come over. Saved me $210 in labor and I think we had some fun in the process. I don't doubt that I could have done most of this alone, but it was extremely helpful having someone experienced showing me the way. Pics to follow in a separate thread, but thanks to Dan for showing me the ropes!
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I want drag bars on my Sporty, with maybe 4" risers, but I have a hard front brake line, seems to be several lengths of solid steel pipe, with a couple of rubber lengths in as well, for good measure.

I guess I'd have to buy a flexible just the right length, and save the original in case I go back to the curly wurly pull back monstrosities.

I like the tip about the brake light switch, as when I adjusted my controls a bit I found the brake light permanently on. Took me a half hour of messing about and head scratching before I realised just how the light switch operates. I must have come close to trashing that switch.
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Another great "How-to"with pics !
Respect Dan for the way you did it and for sharing it with us.

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just want to say thanx for this write up...just put some drags on my 09 N just wondering what i could do about my clutch cable being long?i zip tied it where i liked it...no rubbin' on the tank. owe u a beer....thanx again -Todd
do u think the stealership is going to brake my balls for this when i go in for service?
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OMG...I just changed out my buckhorns. I thought it would be an afternoon worth of work...turned out to take a week. I took the buck horns off, broke some bolts. Had to get new ones. Then had to get some new washers, old ones were ugly. Then I go to put the new clamp on my risers...noticed I didn't get nice new chrome screws. Back to the store again. Then my old speedo wouldn't sit properly...looked everywhere online and the store for a new one, couldn't find what I needed. The mods on here wouldn't work for me. So then my hubby had to straighten my speedo bracket with a sledge. Then I had to paint it. Well during the process of removing my indicator lights, they all fell apart. Had to find new ones, which just happen to be considered vintage parts. I had to drive an hour and a half away to another dealer to get them. Then finally I get the risers on, new clamp, speedo on, and darn if the freakin break line wouldn't fit properly. It was the original break line from HD made for buck horns. So back to the store again to buy a new stainless threaded break line. Finally, about a week later, I have new handle bars.
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long week i bet. good for u for doin it yourself. i guess i should feel fortunate...first big thing i did to my bike...only about an hour of work. gave me an excuse to go buy some torx.
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long week i bet. good for u for doin it yourself. i guess i should feel fortunate...first big thing i did to my bike...only about an hour of work. gave me an excuse to go buy some torx.
Yep, I know I am a girl, but I try to do as much as I can myself. If I can't do it, then my husband steps in. We rarely pay anyone to work on our vehicles/bikes. Save a lot of money that way.
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