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Author Topic: 14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars  (Read 523 times)

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Offline cakeordeath

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14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars
« on: December 10, 2020, 02:41:48 am »
Hey guys. This is my first time installing handlebars on the Bolt. I got 14" skinny Z's from Dean Speed, but I can't seem to get the clutch control to slide over the bars. It seems the diameter is just a hair too big. Anyone have any suggestions for this?

I've also noticed that there's no notches for where the control housings would sit. I'm assuming they will not sit in place without these notches in the bar and would just spin freely? Does anyone have any experience with this or run into any similar issues while installing new bars on the bolt? I guess I could just drill a hole in the bars where the controls should sit but I really don't want to do that.

I really like these bars and would hate to have to return them and get something else. I'm just wondering if I'm not doing something properly.

Thanks in advance.



Offline Redbeard89

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Re: 14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2020, 06:32:48 am »
Looks like those bars are 1 1/4" diameter, which means no matter how hard you try, the controls will not fit on them. OEM bars and controls for the bolt are 1" diameter. I hate to say it, but you will probably have to exchange the ones you got. As for the locator nipple on the controls, most of the time the aftermarket bars have to be drilled or the nipple shaved off of the controls.
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Offline lunkhead

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Re: 14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2020, 10:47:12 am »
Try using a screwdriver or wedge to pry open the slot from the side just enough to get it to spread open a bit more. There're no bars that are 1 1/4" where the hand controls mount. The 1 1/4" diameter at the center of those type of bars always taper to a standard 7/8" or 1".
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Offline Redbeard89

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Re: 14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2020, 12:18:45 pm »
Try using a screwdriver or wedge to pry open the slot from the side just enough to get it to spread open a bit more. There're no bars that are 1 1/4" where the hand controls mount. The 1 1/4" diameter at the center of those type of bars always taper to a standard 7/8" or 1".

Learn something new everyday. I apologize for the misinformation.
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Offline cakeordeath

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Re: 14" Dean Speed Skinny Z Handle Bars
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2020, 05:58:57 pm »
Thanks for the tips guys. Working with Mykah (from Dean Speed) and he said that I should try and pry it open as well. I did so, but only the bottom part moves since I don't have access to a vice. I got it on far enough for it not to fall off and used a rubber mallet to hammer it on, then screwed in the screw as tight as i could get it to bend the control to the shape of the new bar. I was then able to wiggle it up the bar to where it needs to be. I stripped a bunch of the gloss paint off of that part of the bar but I can always just repaint it if i want. It won't show once I get all the controls on there anyways, so i'll just repaint it to prevent rust. Hope this helps someone in the future. I'll post pics when it's all done. I gotta say, with the bars on in the mock position the bike feels amazingly more comfortable. I'll post updates if I run into any other issues. Thanks again!