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Old 05-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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2013 Altrider Crash Bars Problems

Wish I had done a little more research before buying these, I really liked the looks of these though. Stripped casing on right side of my brand new '13 GS because they were so out of alignment. Apparently multiple people had problems and had to return them to get a correct fit. If they are out even a little, send them back! Don't try and install because even if you start the bolt correctly the casing is soft enough to cross thread when the flange is out of alignment.

The worst part is the customer service is lacking to say the least. I understand bad product gets out at times and companies and people make mistakes, I will give anyone a fair shot at remedying a problem and so far it's not looking good but waiting to see how it turns out.

This is only my experience and I know a lot of people are happy with them, good for you and if they fit correctly I would have been satisfied as well, I really like the way they look and the finish is very nice, just not crazy about my engine casing with a cross-threaded hole now.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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Run a tap in there and straighten the threads back out. Be careful not to bottom out your tap.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Run a tap in there and straighten the threads back out. Be careful not to bottom out your tap.
Yeah I plan on doing that, however, they were in such a bind I had to put a ratchet strap on them to squeeze them together and I am not excited about pulling them off until I found out if Altrider is going to even make an attempt to treat me right. Hoping the threads will come back, we'll see.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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There's no way you should've proceeded if they were that out of whack.

Remember, you have to be careful when it comes to cast pot metal.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Blaming the crash bar manufacturer for cross-threading will not be easy. One should stop turning the bolt when there is resistance from cross-threading. If the bolt holes are not aligned due to the shape of the crash bar, the alignment must first be corrected or the crash bar replaced, rather than forcing the bolt at an angle in an attempt to overcome the misalignment.

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #6
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There's no way you should've proceeded if they were that out of whack.

Remember, you have to be careful when it comes to cast pot metal.
No, there is no way they should have sent out a product like that. The bar was already bolted to the bike and a hole cross-threaded. I had to ratchet the middle to pull them together so the middle could be bolted. This isn't my first time wrenching kid, trying to warn others so they don't have the same damage done.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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Blaming the crash bar manufacturer for cross-threading will not be easy. One should stop turning the bolt when there is resistance from cross-threading. If the bolt is not aligned due to the shape of the crash bar, the alignment must first be corrected or the crash bar replaced, rather than forcing the bolt at an angle in an attempt to overcome the misalignment.

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Wow, I don't know why I bother with this site. I'm giving everyone else a heads up. The bolt started correctly, there was so much pressure from the jacked up flange that it didn't start to cross thread until a couple threads in, at that point damage done. I'm not blaming the manufacturer for cross-threading my casing, I am blaming the manufacturer for sending out a bad part and trying to help others avoid the damage I did.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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...there was so much pressure from the jacked up flange....
That's what I meant by resistance. You gotta stop before "so much pressure."

As to this website? Well, there's lots of good stuff here, but sugar-coating other's fuck-ups isn't common. Live and learn. But your warning about AltRider is taken. FWIW, I like my SWMotech bars; alas, they have been well-tested.

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #9
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That's what I meant by resistance. You gotta stop before "so much pressure."

As to this website? Well, there's lots of good stuff here, but sugar-coating other's fuck-ups isn't common. Live and learn. But your warning about AltRider is taken. FWIW, I like my SWMotech bars; alas, they have been well-tested.

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This thread has no bearing on you and you have nothing of value to add. I just don't understand what would possess someone to comment when you know nothing about what happened or how it happened and you don't even need any damn crash bars. Respectfully, move on so that others who are on the fence about these or that have ordered don't do the same damage I did.
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Oh brother! Sure thing, kid.

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:38 PM   #11
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Altrider sent me set a few weeks back. Same thing the right was so far out, you couldn't attempt to start a bolt. The sent a new set and aligned better but not perfect. It took another week to get a new set in, somewhat disheartening. Why can't they put them on a made up jig to check alignment (30 seconds tops) before shipping is beyond me.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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I'm with Fred.. if you feel tension stop... Altrider is not at fault for YOU stripping the threads
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Thanks for your input, YOU added a lot of value to the thread. I'm done.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #15
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Someone is a little testy...


Don't come in here talking about how bad a product is because you crossed a bolt. If it wasn't your first time wrenching, it damn sure needs to be your last if you think forcing a bolt into a cast housing was a smart move.
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