How do you fix stripped handlebars??


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How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby blackbrier » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:24 pm



My handlebars vibrate down until they try to hit the tank. The Mount and bars are stripped of any rough areas ( I know there is a technical term, but I cannot think of it). The prior owner said he knew that they were loose and that he just kept pulling them up to where he liked them. I have tried several solutions and have came up short. They are still loose, no matter how much I tighten the 4 mounting bolts. Any insight or cheap solutions would be highly appreciated.

D. Black, 1981 1100 Interstate.



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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:04 pm

Never heard of that one before. I guess the solution is to get something in between the handlebars and the clamp, so that more pressure ends up being applied. Perhaps a small, thin pieces of tough rubber - it would grip things quite tightly, but not enough to do damage (like a piece of metal might).

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby blackbrier » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:05 pm

That was my first idea, 2 pieces of tough garden hose, and tighten down. My second was doublebacked tape and sandpaper.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby cbach1981 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:23 pm

maybe an old bike tire tube? You coul split it and wrap it around the bar where it goes in the clamp
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby mike in idaho » Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:29 pm

You could cut shims from an aluminum soda can, strips cut from metal screen door work well also.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby raycw » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:55 pm

It sounds like the clamps are bottoming out on the steering stem surfaces. I'm thinking that if it was mine I'd remove both of the upper clamps and grind off a little bit of the lower surfaces. I'd take it to a grinding wheel and take off about 1/16" from all 4 surfaces. That'll allow the clamps to not bottom out on the steering stem.

Always start by tightening the 2 forward bolts on the clamps first. Then tighten the 2 bolts closest to you when on the bike.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby BirdDogICT » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:27 pm

Mike in Idaho has apparently read Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Making aluminum shims from a beer can was the only practical advice in that book, at least as far as motorcycle maintenance is concerned.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby mike in idaho » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:46 am

raycw wrote:It sounds like the clamps are bottoming out on the steering stem surfaces. I'm thinking that if it was mine I'd remove both of the upper clamps and grind off a little bit of the lower surfaces. I'd take it to a grinding wheel and take off about 1/16" from all 4 surfaces. That'll allow the clamps to not bottom out on the steering stem.

Always start by tightening the 2 forward bolts on the clamps first. Then tighten the 2 bolts closest to you when on the bike.


The clamps should be oriented so that the punch marks are forward(they aren't flat on the bottom), it's surprising how many folks don't know this and get them on wrong.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby leanjoe » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:22 am

Knurling is ground off completely ? I have a set of bars you can have for shipping cost. jsa750k@aol.com

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:55 am

Me too..bars for shipping where are you located???
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby goldtr6c » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:58 am

Chances are, the crown, being made from the softer material (cast aluminium) is the part that is worn the most. ayou can try the beer can shims, but it may end up replacing the crown and the two clamps. Probably find one on eBay cheap as there's just not that much call for them in Goldwing country.

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby zvacman » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:29 pm

Try getting some furnace tape. It is made if thin metal and it is very sticky. One or two wraps should do the trick. I used it for the handle bars on my trick bike and it has held up through thousands of jumps and hundreds of backflips. In other words more abuse than a Wing will ever see!

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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby 78AzWing » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:53 pm

My JunkYard Wing came with loose handlebars.

The PO put on one of those shiny aluminum one-piece clamps with an embossed eagle on it. Not only does it not correctly clamp the bar but it has stress fracture cracks around all the holes. Too bad, really, because I did consider using it on my runner.

Any way in an emergence type thing, I just took a couple of matchbooks and made shims from them to get me home. :ugeek:
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Re: How do you fix stripped handlebars??

Postby blackbrier » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:34 am

Thanks for all the replys and suggestions. I have the one piece clamp with the Eagle on it. It looks like by really cleaning everything and buffing a little off the clamp, not the post, has fixed the problem. Once cleaned the clamp was bottomed out on the post on the right and just about on the left. Thanks again.




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