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Chuckracer 08-24-2013 05:30 AM

Crash Bars *grrrr*
 
Anybody who has successfully re-installed these crash bars more than once and NOT stripped or cross-threaded the shit out of at least one of the front bolts is a God to me. Unbelievable. What a crappy set-up.

JK1 08-24-2013 05:46 AM

Leave them off simples.

Chuckracer 08-24-2013 05:50 AM

I fall down too often. :huh

Alblue 08-24-2013 05:51 AM

CR,
You back on a KTM....I got a Madstad set-up for ya.
Studs in the front solve the stripping problem, not the aggravation.

Al

Chuckracer 08-24-2013 05:55 AM

Hi Al, how'd the Madstaad set-up work for you? Yeah, as of two weeks ago I'm back on a 950 and couldn't be happier! Well, once I drill and helicoil these bolt holes and change over to a stud mount set-up.

O.C.F.RIDER 08-24-2013 05:57 AM

Stripped one side on my 950, but only after having them off/on MANY times.
God? Not even close.
Lucky? That's more like it.

CW

gearheadE30 08-24-2013 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alblue (Post 22170459)
CR,
You back on a KTM....I got a Madstad set-up for ya.
Studs in the front solve the stripping problem, not the aggravation.

Al

This. Or if studs aren't readily available, buy a long bolt and cut the head off if you're in a pinch. Makes it a LOT easier. I also thread the front bolts first, then the lower tank mounts (which I have enlarged the holes on, and use a nut and washer due to tank warping) leaving everything loose, then loosely bolt the crossbar between the guards, then the rear hook things, then tighten it all down. It doesn't take too long. This is on a slightly bent SW Motech setup.

Chuckracer 08-24-2013 05:58 AM

Could be I'm just a hack...:huh

Alblue 08-24-2013 07:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckracer (Post 22170502)
Could be I'm just a hack...:huh


Hack-something that hangs off the side of a Motorcycle

Never even opened the boxes! Bolted on an Aeroflow for big roads and remove for the fun roads. Just had corrado113 make me a lined bag to carry it in.
Nice to see you back in the fold
Al

Orangecicle 08-24-2013 07:53 AM

Chuck: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=626041

Makes live very easy. I never fully take off my crashbars anymore. I just undo the frame clamp and the lower mount and then rotate the bars forward. There is enough room to then pull the faring and the tanks. Here's a good example:


We rotated the crash bars, pulled the faring and tanks, and then tuned the bike with the crashbars on. Simple. :clap

Yellow Pig 08-24-2013 08:40 AM

What front fender is that? Look good.

Orangecicle 08-24-2013 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yellow Pig (Post 22171245)
What front fender is that? Look good.

PoliSport Supermotard: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polisport-Su...e8cff4&vxp=mtr


EdGear 08-24-2013 01:38 PM

There are several posts on putting studs by the oil tank cover.

I summarized them here
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=2881

If you look at the link I took a slightly different approach.

On the reinstall keep everything loose until you get every bolt/nut thread started.

Loosen the top two gas tank bolts. This allows the tanks to move up a bit to get the lower tank mount bolts through.

SauceSquatch 08-24-2013 07:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckracer (Post 22170453)
I fall down too often. :huh

I was so fed up with taking off and putting on the crashbars and then I left them off for a week, sure enough I go down in the rain and narf-up my side AND my shoulder.

I actually got slightly longer bolts, ditched the clips and the reinstall has gotten much better. But still... The part of the oil change I loath.

Chuckracer 08-25-2013 05:34 PM

Good summary - Thanks Ed!


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