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jhark37

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on: December 05, 2019, 04:30:56 pm
Does anyone know how to remove the threaded inserts in the ends of the handlebar?   I'm guessing maybe press fit/slide hammer removal, but don't want to destroy them if I can help it.

I'd like to shorten the bars about an inch on each side.  Have done that with a number of previous bikes and like the different stance.  I know there are 'nubs' on the lever clamps, but they're easy to remove.

Another alternative would be to change the bars out completely with a shorter bar.  Again, a question?  Can someone help with how to measure rise and pullback?  Love to add 1 -2 inches of pullback, but don't know what the OEM bar is as a base.

Thanks for your help.

John


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Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 06:42:33 pm
Hello John,

I haven't inspected your issue personally, the question was addressed in this thread on Hitchcock's forum:  https://messageboard.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/viewtopic.php?t=9277

It was said that the inserts are welded in.  A post there suggests that someone may have cut the bar off past the welds.  if they are indeed welded, you should be able to see the weld marks on the exterior of the bar.

Perhaps if you can post an image, someone will have a suggestion on how to deal with the situation.

We regularly use threaded inserts for steel tubing in the factory where I work.  Generally these can be pushed in, but not pulled out again without damage.  Something like what is shown in the bottom center in the image of 4 inserts:  https://www.directindustry.com/prod/specialinsert-srl/product-58531-422028.html   It may be difficult to find an insert suitable for 7/8 tubing.


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Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 06:46:51 pm
Also, here is an article on measuring rise and pullback:

https://www.chapmoto.com/blog/2014/08/19/bar-swap-measure-handlebars-harley/

I see that there are also some videos on U-tube addressing this.