How to Change your Motorcycle Handlebars

1: Start with the correct  handlebars. The first step is to identify the diameter of your current bars and match them with brand you’d like to replace them with. Most older machines use a 7/8” handlebar but newer bikes use a 1 1/8” mount.36318

Step 2: Loosen the controls. Remove the grips. Now, you’re ready to start loosening the controls. In this case, a Philips head screwdriver loosens the throttle clamp, while a 10mm socket removes the brake housing. Just loosen the controls. Don’t remove any of the bolts!

Step 3: Remove the bar clamp(s). The bolts for removing the bar clamps may take a different set of tools than the controls. Some are hex heads, others use allen bolts. Make sure you have the right tools before you start. Loosen the bolts and remove the clamp, or clamps, if you have a two-piece arrangement.

Step 4: Swap controls between bars. After loosening everything and removing the clamps, slide the whole section over to the rights side as far as they will go. Now slide the left controls off the end. Repeat with the other side.

Step 5: Re-clamp the new bars and center them. Put the bars back into the clamps and put the bolts back in but keep them loose. If you have fairly straight bars you can simply measure from each of the bar ends, inward, to get your bars centered. A really quick tip is to use either the marks already printed on your replacement bars, the edges of the knurling, or just draw a Sharpie mark dead center on the bars before installing. Now, you have two marks that are visible, and equally measured for you to center your bars.

Step 6: Adjusting. With the main clamps loose, sit on your bike and push and pull the bars until they feel comfortable. Go ahead and tighten the clamps fully.

Next, put on your throttle-side grip. There are many ways you can attach them.

Measure the distance from the bar end to the outside edge of your controls, then go ahead and walk around to the other side and make sure the opposite controls are equidistant. Now slide on the second grip.

Step 7: Adjusting 2.0. Looking down from your riding position, you’ll see that one brake lever is slightly off from the other one. The controls are still loose and you’ll need to rotate them up and down until you get a comfortable hand position on the levers. Keep in mind, some brake reservoirs need to be kept level with the ground and might dictate the height of your lever positioning. Loosen up the lock nuts on each cable housing and rotate them into their new positions. Re-tighten the nuts and you’re good to go!


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