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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 8:48 pm Thread Starter
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Handlebar Adjustment Help

Just got my new GT home the other day and thought I would readjust the handlebars. I may be a little slow mechanical wise but it seemed pretty straight forward. I loosened the spring loaded screws and moved the bars to the new position, easy enough, but now I am unable to retighten the screws.

It seems as though they will not go in far enough to snug the handlebar assembly back in place. Am I missing something here? It's like the screws have hit some kind of internal stop, like there is no thread left.

Any help in solving this mystery sure would be appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 9:09 pm
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You may not have it in one of the grooves. When you loosen the bolts, loosen them ALL the way. The assembly will not let the bolts out, so you don't have to worry about them falling out. Move to new position and make sure the parts are meeting properly, then tighten the bolts. They don't need to be real tight, but the parts will mate properly.

I'm not saying that is what the problem is, just saying that procedure worked for me.

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You need to remove the black cover on the inside of the bars and loosen up the retaining nuts first. then you can adjust the bars. after you have done that, tighten the torx screws on the outside of the bars, making sure the screws don't lock up against the inside nuts. after the torx screws are tight, tighten the inside nuts and replace the plastic cover. after you do it once its real easy - but the first time its a bit wierd.
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Thanks for the help! I didn't remove the end caps from the rear of the adjustment screws and it was binding up. Kinda feel like an idiot, seems really obvious now. Guess it's all part of the learning curve.

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Thanks for the help! I didn't remove the end caps from the rear of the adjustment screws and it was binding up. Kinda feel like an idiot, seems really obvious now. Guess it's all part of the learning curve.
Glad to hear you got it sorted but you shouldnt need to undo the the securing nuts on the rear to adjust the bars.
Next time you try it, give it another go by just using the front screws and see if it works and if not find whats binding it.

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I know what you mean, I wouldn't think that the end caps would even come into play. After examining the setup, other than to serve as some sort of thread protector I don't see any purpose to the end caps. After retightening the assembly and replacing the end caps there is about a 1/4in of thread visible between the caps and the handlebars. I guess I should have took more of a mental picture of what it looked like before messing with it. Anyway, the bars are readjusted and tight and all seems ok.

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The end caps are a failsafe to keep the handlebars from falling off. Prolly a lawyer came up with the idea.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2009, 6:02 am
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I'm having a bit of a time with refitting my 1200gt bars i had to take them off to fit a GPS bracket, Can anyone tell me the correct sequence of bolts,washers etc.
I think it is from the tank side (onto the bolt) spring,Ushape plate, Tee bolt then lock nut.
Does this sound about right?
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2009, 8:50 am
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Here you go, mate.

Last November I installed a set of Suburban Machinery bar backs, and took photos with the intent of posting a How To someday. This is a photo showing the order of the original parts. The washer goes on the "top" side. Everything else goes on the tank side.

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