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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody got an air compressor and a garage in Chicago area?

Looking to swap out the standard handlebars on my ride. Anyone in the Chicagoland area have a garage I could use for this? Looking for overhead support to tie off master cylinder, and an air compressor with nozzle to make swapping the left grip easier.

Hoping to do this post-work sometime next week.
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Just get new grips and do it in your own garage, much easier.

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Brake cleaner has worked well for me in the past to get the grips off.

Get an R6 throttle tube and matching left side grip, should be under $20.

Cut the current grips off with a razor blade.

Another tip I've used is to cut that little nub on the controls which usually require you to drill the bars.

I usually cut that little nub and then put a layer of electrical tape that makes it much easier to adjust the controls and keeps it in place.

Swapping bars shouldn't take more than an hour or so and you don't really need a garage.

Also, BIkemaster bars through motorcycle-superstore work well enough for $30. I have about 7k on their Superbike bar on my 650

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Went with SM Type 1 bars. Ordered a new OEM left grip. Gonna try to use soap/windex/whatever to get the new left grip mounted. From there, should be a straight swap of the bars, right?
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Put the grip on last, controls first.

Take everything off your stock bars, remove 4 hex bolts to remove the stock bar.

Install new bar, start fitting controls onto new bar. Install grips last.

Also, heated grips if you want them this is the perfect time to install.

Symtec grip heaters is what I have.

Brake cleaner works good to install or remove.

When installing new grip, spray the inside with brake cleaner and slide it on within 5 seconds. Once it dries, it won't budge. Plan before you spray it and slide it on.

You could techically do thsi on the street or in an ally if you live in the city as well.
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You could techically do thsi on the street or in an ally if you live in the city as well.
Yeah, just trying to figure out what I can rig to hold the MC after I've removed it from the stock bars.
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Attached to the brake lever right? Technically it shouldn't leak. Just move it out of the way and use zip ties or a bungee cord.

I can help you out but hesitant to use my garage as I don't know you
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No worries, I'll take a crack at it sometime next week on my own. Have until the end of the month to finish up.
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No worries, I'll take a crack at it sometime next week on my own. Have until the end of the month to finish up.
call me for details, might be able to help you

just put grips on a friends h.d.

heated grips would be the way to go


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this job is extremely complicated, take it to a factory trained technician
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