Have a 00' KLR650 and my bars and slightly either bent or twisted, it fell over and when the wheel is strait the bars are a bit to the right. Now my dealer says the bars are bent, or bang it up against a tree and straiten the wheel.
My thing is what new bars would fit my bike if that is the thing ? How much are they for some nice bars ? Are they easy to install ? Could I do it myself ???
yah, go to any store, im sure all bars will fit. you can do it yourself, its very easy their about 100$ and over. i'd say get some pro-tapers, i have them and i have renthals, and the tapers are better!
Pretty much any standard size bars will fit, except pro tapers which are thicker in the middle for extra strength and i think require diff. mounting hardware.
Make sure the bend and rise is similar to what's on the bike.
Here you can find generic aluminum bars for like 50-60$, steel ones for about 40$,Renthals for around 100-110$
Are you sure it's the bars that are bent? the forks could also be slightly twisted. KLR's have very flexible long thin forks
Originally Posted by Greeneyes
Im going to take a look at the forks and what you suggest just loosen everything off and it will go back to being strait ???
Is it easy to put on bars ??? I mean I might just get some plain aluminum bars or something
Get outta the fast lane!!
Well... if you look at them, there's just two clamps with usually 4 bolts holding the bars on. Pretty easy. Otherwise just loosen and remove all your controls (clutch, throttle, brake, kill switch, etc).
Originally Posted by Stinnett
Start buying tools one at a time. Cheapest place is www.princessauto.com across the hwy from the big Ikea or there's one in Langley on the bypass.
edit: on second thought you're in the Okanagan so no idea if there's a P.A. store in your area, but they do mail-order. I'd also suggest you purchase a repair manual for your bike if you haven't already. It will answer most of your questions.
Ok i got to disagree. on Princess Auto.
Buy decent quality stuff to start with. Husky(home depot brand) or Master Craft( Canadian Tire brand), both made by same company i'm sure and both lifetime warranty. Theres also Craftsman from Sears. Prices and quality are all similar but i never liked craftsman. just general prefference about their looks.
About the only usable thing i've bought from Princess Auto was my compressor. But on the other hand the fittings on the airlines purchased from same store same day for the same compressor leak like a sieve.
When you change your handlebars, get new grips at the same time. Make sure you buy grips that are right length for your bike.
In case you just have slightly twisted forks,i'd losen off the upper and lower triple clamps and try straightening it all by putting the front wheel against a hard tall immovable object and push the bars to make them right again,see if it helps
P.S, don't losen off both upper AND lower clamps completely AND jump on the bike at the same time, or you'll end up with the forks sliding up.
Last edited by Greeneyes; 04-13-2005 at 09:49 PM.
Get outta the fast lane!!
Did you remember to put a few layers of teflon on the air fitting threads? I've never had trouble with them. What I meant was, as far as basic tools go you can't go wrong. Ya... made in china but on a crescent wrench can you really go wrong? Or a deep impact socket set? Or a trailer hitch/ball. Try to avoid their electrical tools although I have a $30 hammer drill that still works after a year. Their stuff is more for the weekend mechanic than a full-time one as far as quality goes. I ended up getting my air compressor from Home Depot. It had more capacity and was cheaper than anywhere else. If you're looking for hydraulics, pumps, valves, you won't find a better selection anywhere else than PA.
And I'll disagree on Craftsman.
If you can get the older tools with "Made in Canada" or "Made in USA" stamped on them then go for it. Otherwise they are made in China and grossly over priced. At 1/2 price they are only over priced.
I'd suggest Crappy Tire for starters. If you think you'd like to try a quality set of tools buy a Snap-On ratchet and see if you think it is worth 10X the cost of the Mastercraft ratchet.
Be warned, if you start to appreciate better tools you can go broke buying the best. Snap-On, Proto, Britool, Klien, Mac and many others will start to get more of your money than any motorcycle shop.
I'd suggest staying with Mastercraft, affordable and attainable.