Author Topic: Drill new bars or grind the nub?  (Read 572 times)

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deeve

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on: March 30, 2024, 12:57:16 am
Curious what others have done and if they're happy with the results… Just got some new Renthal street bars and I am debating if I want to drill the bars for the nub on the switches or grind the nub off.   

Eventually I'd like to replace the throttle and switches with some aftermarket ones that don't need holes but that's a $400 investment so it will be a while...if ever.


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Reply #1 on: March 30, 2024, 02:54:27 am
Drill.

Otherwise the controls will probably not stay in place. I don't think they are designed to be clamped down that hard.
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Reply #2 on: March 30, 2024, 03:36:15 am
The more I look at it, the more that is the direction I am leaning.  Now I just have to measure a bunch of times and make sure it is right.


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Reply #3 on: March 30, 2024, 11:36:49 am
The more I look at it, the more that is the direction I am leaning.  Now I just have to measure a bunch of times and make sure it is right.

Here's the method I use:
Wrap the bars under the controls with a turn or two of electrical tape. The shiny black kind, not friction tape.
Position the controls where you want them.
Lightly clamp them down onto the tape, longer screws might be required, but you only need to tighten them enough to hold the control in place.
When you remove the control, the pin will have left an indent in the tape, that's where you drill the hole.



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Reply #4 on: March 30, 2024, 12:21:01 pm
Drill after clamping handlebars in their desired position on the bike. Distance of LH and RH holes from the ends of the bar is usually not the same so measure carefully.
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Reply #5 on: March 30, 2024, 01:45:38 pm
Good advice. Thanks! I'll try those.


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Reply #6 on: March 30, 2024, 03:32:23 pm
Don't try to measure. Use the zimmemr method, you can't go wrong with it.


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Reply #7 on: March 30, 2024, 05:45:09 pm
I used Zimmemr's method and it was perfect. Very happy with the results. For those who come after, 13/64 drill bit it a the size. Marked the location using the tape. Dimpled the spot with a punch so drill wouldn't wander.


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Reply #8 on: March 31, 2024, 08:50:39 pm
Deeve, those bars look great!
How are they positioned relative to the stock setup and do they provide the desired change?
More relaxed vs more leaned over, that sort of thing. Thx.


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Reply #9 on: March 31, 2024, 09:36:36 pm
They are interesting bend and not what I would typically go for, but figured I'd give them a shot. They have more sweep then the originals and maybe a bit higher. Certainly narrower. They are much more comfortable on my wrists.  More upright and back seems to be a great combination. The look and quality is great too


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Reply #10 on: April 03, 2024, 01:40:33 am
They are interesting bend and not what I would typically go for, but figured I'd give them a shot. They have more sweep then the originals and maybe a bit higher. Certainly narrower. They are much more comfortable on my wrists.  More upright and back seems to be a great combination. The look and quality is great too
Are the bars noticeably lighter also?
I probably shouldn’t be doing this


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Reply #11 on: April 03, 2024, 01:43:50 am
What part number?
I probably shouldn’t be doing this


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Reply #12 on: April 03, 2024, 01:58:44 am
Yes. Quite a bit lighter given they are aluminum and not steel. They are Renthal Road Mediums. https://www.renthal.com/road/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=2004