Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
Mine has the gap too. My last GT had the gap. The capnuts do not seems to function by bearing tightly on the T shaped piece, but rather the T shaped piece is held by the long bolt that tightens from the front. Seems like it's OK. The bars on my bike are very secure as fitted in your pics.
Maybe someone smarter can comment further. Good Luck!
2008 K1200GT, Custom Paint, Vivid Black, Aeroflow WS & Aeroguards, Givi E52 Maxia Topcase w/AdMore Lighting, Zumo 660, Suburban Footpeg Lowering, Sargent Seat
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