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Bchaps26




PostSubject: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 10:31 am

Hey guys, I've got a new to me 2015 wrr and im looking to swap out the stock bars for a higher bend (I'm 6'4"). Im sticking with 7/8" renthal aluminum bars but just wondering what else i'll need for the install? I'll be changing grips as well (pro taper pillowtops).. just wondering if i'll need to replace the throttle tube or if i'll be able to use the stock one? Any other tips / help is appreciated.

Thanks
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johnkol




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 12:24 pm

You don't need anything special in order to swap handlebars.

You may have a hard time taking off the grip from the throttle tube because these are usually glued on.
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pumpernickelBrad




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 2:50 pm

No need to get anything else.

If you're thinking about it I'd avoid getting higher risers with the higher bend in the bar. I got both at the same time thinking I'm a pretty tall dude and now wish I hadn't.
The cables going to controls are also only so long and getting things right where you want them can be tricky if you get risers and higher bar.


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johnkol




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 2:57 pm

pumpernickelBrad wrote:
You'll need new risers and top clamp since old ones are for the smaller diameter.

He's not getting fat bars, he stated that he's staying with the OEM 7/8" diameter, so he does not need any adapters or new clamps.
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pumpernickelBrad




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 2:59 pm

johnkol wrote:
pumpernickelBrad wrote:
You'll need new risers and top clamp since old ones are for the smaller diameter.

He's not getting fat bars, he stated that he's staying with the OEM 7/8" diameter, so he does not need any adapters or new clamps.

Absolutely right, my bad!
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Bchaps26




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue May 29, 2018 3:45 pm

Great, thanks for the replies thumb
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MeefZah

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PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Thu May 31, 2018 11:30 pm

You will need to drill some holes in the bars - the controls have "nubs" to keep them from rotating around. A lot of people just grind off those nubs so as not to have to drill holes, and for the electrical controls that's probably okay. I feel a little uneasy doing that to the throttle control, though, I like to make sure that is well secured. On reinstall make sure you are tightening the 4 bolts holding the bars to the triple tree in a "criss cross" pattern, like the way you would tighten lugs on a car wheel.

Pro tip: take a photo of the bars on the bike with controls / cable routing prior to removing them. Makes it easier to reinstall if you need to reference something. Pro tip #2: the throttle tube will be bard to get off with the cables attached... until you get smart and unbolt everything else from the bars, unbolt the bars from the triple tree, and then slide the bar to the left while holding the throttle tube (with cables still attached) in place. Pro tip #3: now is a great time to go ahead and install heated grips!
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morgan9283




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:18 pm

MeefZah wrote:
You will need to drill some holes in the bars - the controls have "nubs" to keep them from rotating around.  A lot of people just grind off those nubs so as not to have to drill holes, and for the electrical controls that's probably okay.  I feel a little uneasy doing that to the throttle control, though, I like to make sure that is well secured.  On reinstall make sure you are tightening the 4 bolts holding the bars to the triple tree in a "criss cross" pattern, like the way you would tighten lugs on a car wheel.

Pro tip: take a photo of the bars on the bike with controls / cable routing prior to removing them.  Makes it easier to reinstall if you need to reference something.  Pro tip #2: the throttle tube will be bard to get off with the cables attached... until you get smart and unbolt everything else from the bars, unbolt the bars from the triple tree, and then slide the bar to the left while holding the throttle tube (with cables still attached) in place.  Pro tip #3: now is a great time to go ahead and install heated grips!

Agreed all around. I'll add that I've had no trouble taking the grips off the WRR a few times to straighten the bars: wiggle a long thin screw driver under the grip and spray in some brake cleaner, if you work fast the grips will slide right off. When re-installing spray the inside of the grips and they'll slide right on. I've never had to glue grips on the WRR but I have on other bikes.

Another thought is Rocky Mtn ATV sells inexpensive Tusk bar risers in 15mm and 30mm. They both fit fine on the WRR and are much easier and cheaper than replacing the bars and/or can give you more rise if the higher bars aren't enough.

-morgan
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grubbie

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PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:39 pm

morgan9283 wrote:
MeefZah wrote:
You will need to drill some holes in the bars - the controls have "nubs" to keep them from rotating around.  A lot of people just grind off those nubs so as not to have to drill holes, and for the electrical controls that's probably okay.  I feel a little uneasy doing that to the throttle control, though, I like to make sure that is well secured.  On reinstall make sure you are tightening the 4 bolts holding the bars to the triple tree in a "criss cross" pattern, like the way you would tighten lugs on a car wheel.

Pro tip: take a photo of the bars on the bike with controls / cable routing prior to removing them.  Makes it easier to reinstall if you need to reference something.  Pro tip #2: the throttle tube will be bard to get off with the cables attached... until you get smart and unbolt everything else from the bars, unbolt the bars from the triple tree, and then slide the bar to the left while holding the throttle tube (with cables still attached) in place.  Pro tip #3: now is a great time to go ahead and install heated grips!

Agreed all around.  I'll add that I've had no trouble taking the grips off the WRR a few times to straighten the bars: wiggle a long thin screw driver under the grip and spray in some brake cleaner, if you work fast the grips will slide right off.  When re-installing spray the inside of the grips and they'll slide right on.  I've never had to glue grips on the WRR but I have on other bikes.

Another thought is Rocky Mtn ATV sells inexpensive Tusk bar risers in 15mm and 30mm.  They both fit fine on the WRR and are much easier and cheaper than replacing the bars and/or can give you more rise if the higher bars aren't enough.

-morgan
I used a welding rod bent into an "L" on one end. Insert under grip then turn the "L" to roll it around the perimeter of the bar. Works good. But last time I broke the throttle tube getting the grip off. If you are replacing them anyway, just cut them off its much easier.
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rsteiger

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PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:52 am

grubbie wrote:
I used a welding rod bent into an "L" on one end. Insert under grip then turn the "L" to roll it around the perimeter of the bar. Works good. But last time I broke the throttle tube getting the grip off. If you are replacing them anyway, just cut them off its much easier.

I sort of do the same thing but I shoot some soapy water into the grip using a spray bottle (or Simple Green works as well) into the gap between the grip and throttle tube as I work the rod around the tube. Usually slides right off.

When I go to put the new grip on I cover the throttle tube or handlebar end in soapy water as well and it usually slides right on. Wait a bit for it to dry and you should be good to go.
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johnkol




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:00 pm

rsteiger wrote:
When I go to put the new grip on I cover the throttle tube or handlebar end in soapy water as well and it usually slides right on.  Wait a bit for it to dry and you should be good to go.

Even better is regular hairspray: acts like a lubricant when wet, but dries sticky, securing grips to bars (but not to the extent that they can only be removed by cutting them).
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rsteiger

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PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:55 am

johnkol wrote:
Even better is regular hairspray: acts like a lubricant when wet, but dries sticky, securing grips to bars (but not to the extent that they can only be removed by cutting them).

May have to try that next time.. I typically don't have hairspray around since I have been bald for the last 15 years... lol
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johnkol




PostSubject: Re: noob replacing handlebars   Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:25 am

rsteiger wrote:
I typically don't have hairspray around since I have been bald for the last 15 years... lol

I didn't have hairspray either, I simply bought a travel-size bottle just for grip installation; there is enough hairspray in that small bottle to last me a lifetime.
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