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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Handlebars a little askew...How to cure this?

Ok, a couple of years ago I dropped her in the yard. Wet grass. No problems, no damage, but the handlebar is now ever so slightly askew. I never even noticed for a good while after it happened. Have since just left it alone since it really isn't an issue riding. Now I find I grow weary of looking down at this slightly crooked bar, so does anyone have any tips as to how I can safely straighten this little problem out? The bar isn't actually bent BTW. I'm sure lots of others have seen this little problem, so what to do??? Thanks all.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 08:41 AM
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Without loosening the risers and adjusting that way - you can push the front wheel up against/alongside a tree or wall and turn the handlebars incrementally harder in the direction they need to be adjusted (wheel will remain stationary due to contact with immovable object).

We used to do this on dirt bikes frequently after coming off them. If we went too far we would just switch sides of the tree and repeat.

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If Chuck's suggestion doesn't work, it's a pretty easy fix using only one tool - a 6mm allen wrench.

Pop out the chrome plastic caps on top of both risers. Dental floss, a pick, or a very small screwdriver works well for this. Loosen the four allen screws just enough to break the torque loose, but not enough for the screw to become loose. You should now be able to tweak the bars in the risers, looking across the bars at the top bridge of the triple trees for alignment. Once they're lined up nicely, retighten the allen screws and replace the caps.

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Remove the caps from the handlebar clamps with a knife (carefully) and loosen the allen bolts under them. (You will want to hold the bars when you loosen the bolts.) Once the clamps are release...the bars will spring back into the correct alignment. Re-tighten everything and reinstall the caps.

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But is the bar itself bent?

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But is the bar itself bent?
No, the bar is not bent. Thanks all, I reckon I can fix the problem from here.
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One more question please. So ok, I loosen those bolts and straighten my bars. Sooooooo, what about tightening them back down? Is there a torque setting, and do I need borrow a torque wrench for this? Or just tighten them to as hard as I can go.
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Should say in your manual, but tight them about the same as you loosened them.

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Go with chuck

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One more question please. So ok, I loosen those bolts and straighten my bars. Sooooooo, what about tightening them back down? Is there a torque setting, and do I need borrow a torque wrench for this? Or just tighten them to as hard as I can go.
I'd go with Chuck, kick the handlebars back to the original straightness.
If you loosen, it becomes loose... unless you torque it back to 124.44232 Nm with a Nasa tool.


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