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Old 03-20-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hi all. On my /5, I've got chromed fork caps, but I seem to remember that some were just polished aluminum. I think I used to have a set, but I sure cant find them. The reason I ask is that I have clubman bars on the bike and they hit the fork caps, preventing me from rotating the bars back as far as I would like. I was thinking that if I had a set of aluminum ones, I could grind out a trench in them to accommodate the bars, allowing me to rotate them further back than I have them now. I wouldn't want to do that with the chromed ones. The other thing I thought about doing is to have some caps made up that are completely inside the fork tube, allowing more room for the bars, but i'd rather come up with something I can do myself. Thanks all.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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Hi all. On my /5, I've got chromed fork caps, but I seem to remember that some were just polished aluminum. I think I used to have a set, but I sure cant find them. The reason I ask is that I have clubman bars on the bike and they hit the fork caps, preventing me from rotating the bars back as far as I would like. I was thinking that if I had a set of aluminum ones, I could grind out a trench in them to accommodate the bars, allowing me to rotate them further back than I have them now. I wouldn't want to do that with the chromed ones. The other thing I thought about doing is to have some caps made up that are completely inside the fork tube, allowing more room for the bars, but i'd rather come up with something I can do myself. Thanks all.
The aluminum ones were pretty thin. I don't know how much yoy could clearance. You could use 1977-1980 /7 fork caps that use a 8mm or 10mm nut instead of the large caps.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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wouldn't it be easier to just build some shallow riser plates to put under the handlebar mount/clamp doohickeys?
That's the road I would take, probably wouldn't take much as far as thickness is concerned.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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wouldn't it be easier to just build some shallow riser plates to put under the handlebar mount/clamp doohickeys?
That's the road I would take, probably wouldn't take much as far as thickness is concerned.
That would work but you might need longer studs.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:03 AM   #5
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Conbo of both - later nuts and slight risers?
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:40 AM   #6
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I thought of the riser plates, but as was mentioned, I'd need to come up with some longer studs. As it is, there is about 2 mm of extra stud showing when it's all put together. I havent even tried to get the studs out. I wonder it they're threaded in, or cast in to the aluminum. Guess I should try. I'll try to see what the later fork caps look like, maybe they'll work. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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They are threaded in.
Even if you have to replace them with longer ones, that still seems easier and less unsightly as gouging your fork caps.
If I remember correctly, there's lots of thread in the bases and you can easily and safely back them out 3 or 4 mm.
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