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Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:57:35 PM »

To any that have made an aftermarket handlebar swap on the CBX....did you drill the bars to accommodate the fitting nubs on the switchgear, or just file those nubs down?

Have searched this topic on the CBX....no joy.

In process of installing protaper se klx110 bars. Thanks.

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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2018, 07:07:00 AM »
This has definitely been discussed somewhere. Perhaps the CB500x thread on AdvRider.

Rally Raid fat bars IIRC and some contributions from Jenny.

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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 12:59:01 AM »

So...although having good results shaving the nubs on DRZ and XRL bar swaps...those were different switchgear designs & different bars. Decided not to take the chance here as...

I did see one thread on a CB500 forum yesterday where the fellow did shave his nubs..and just couldn't find a decent way to get the switchgear tightened back up enough.

That and the ProTaper bars have a polished finish at the switchgear mount areas.

Drilling the holes wasn't difficult. Pulling the dry fit apart to get the new bars back off took more time.

Everythings back together loosely. Looking good so far. Next need to fit new throttle tube, tighten everything up and install grips.

Will post up a pic once all's done. Cheers.

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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2018, 01:06:32 AM »
It has been discussed here and on advrider. It is best to drill the bars for the switchgear in the place where you want them. They can spin on the bars if the nub is removed. I have owned many bikes with the nub removed to adjust the switchgear to allow a different angle on the levers. It sucks having to disassemble the switchgear to sand the halves down so they clamp to the bars better. I hate the tape fix method. It just looks to rigged to me.
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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2018, 05:06:54 PM »
*Originally Posted by EscCtrl [+]
It has been discussed here and on advrider. It is best to drill the bars for the switchgear in the place where you want them. They can spin on the bars if the nub is removed. I have owned many bikes with the nub removed to adjust the switchgear to allow a different angle on the levers. It sucks having to disassemble the switchgear to sand the halves down so they clamp to the bars better. I hate the tape fix method. It just looks to rigged to me.

+1 for this. Drill the holes instead of cutting the nubs. I made that mistake once and learned my lesson.

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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 10:16:37 PM »
How do the KLX bars measure up against the stock Cb500x bars?  I'd like to replace mine with some Pro Taper or Renthals but it looks like most bars are far off the specs of the OEM units.  Post pics please.

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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2018, 01:33:12 AM »
*Originally Posted by Mikelb01 [+]
How do the KLX bars measure up against the stock Cb500x bars?  I'd like to replace mine with some Pro Taper or Renthals but it looks like most bars are far off the specs of the OEM units.  Post pics please.

Willdo on pics. Work has been consuming.

Got grips (714's) glued on tonight (honda glue, so giving it a couple days).

ProTaper SE KLX bars are 32" wide, stockers 29" wide. Cut one half inch off each end for starts making the new setup 31. Like the look/wider feel alot so far just sitting on it.

Will post some pics/impressions this weekend after a good ride. Cheers.
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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2018, 02:21:33 AM »
*Originally Posted by sandbox [+]
Willdo on pics. Work has been consuming.

Got grips (714's) glued on tonight (honda glue, so giving it a couple days).

ProTaper SE KLX bars are 32" wide, stockers 29" wide. Cut one half inch off each end for starts making the new setup 31. Like the look/wider feel alot so far just sitting on it.

Will post some pics/impressions this weekend after a good ride. Cheers.

I had thought about those bars on 2-inch ROX risers. I look forward to your first impressions.
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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2018, 03:16:09 AM »
*Originally Posted by EscCtrl [+]
It has been discussed here and on advrider. It is best to drill the bars for the switchgear in the place where you want them. They can spin on the bars if the nub is removed. I have owned many bikes with the nub removed to adjust the switchgear to allow a different angle on the levers. It sucks having to disassemble the switchgear to sand the halves down so they clamp to the bars better. I hate the tape fix method. It just looks to rigged to me.

I believe that the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance method is to add a strip of aluminum can under the clamshell.  I can live with that.....
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Re: Aftermarket handlebar switchgear placement
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2018, 03:45:34 AM »
*Originally Posted by jsonder [+]
I believe that the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance method is to add a strip of aluminum can under the clamshell.  I can live with that.....

These newer powder coated bars are pretty slick. It might work.
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