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Old 08-24-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:46 AM   #2
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Leave them off simples.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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I fall down too often.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:51 AM   #4
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You back on a KTM....I got a Madstad set-up for ya.
Studs in the front solve the stripping problem, not the aggravation.

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Old 08-24-2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:57 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 08-24-2013, 05:57 AM   #7
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You back on a KTM....I got a Madstad set-up for ya.
Studs in the front solve the stripping problem, not the aggravation.

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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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:58 AM   #8
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Could be I'm just a hack...
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:17 AM   #9
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Could be I'm just a hack...

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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:40 AM   #11
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What front fender is that? Look good.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #12
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What front fender is that? Look good.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #14
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I fall down too often.
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.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:34 PM   #15
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Good summary - Thanks Ed!
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