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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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12" Monkey Bars Slipping

Riding home today and hit a nasty bump that I couldn't swerve to avoid. Bar dropped back a good inch, pulled over and with a good amount of torque, moved 'em back into position just an inch off the fairing (FLHX). I would assume this is not normal, correct?
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Hell no, shouldn't move at all. Someone didn't torque them down right.

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Hell no, shouldn't move at all. Someone didn't torque them down right.
Thx, stangs. That's what I thought but i've seen a number of riders who have some degree of movement in their apes and thought perhaps - just perhaps - this might be normal.
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Supposed to pin those tall bars to keep them from moving.

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Supposed to pin those tall bars to keep them from moving.
Agreed.

However, I have not pinned my 12.5" apes yet and had no movement issues this summer. It might be as simple as tightening your clamp.


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Do you have the new style top clamp?

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I have 16" apes on my Dyna and dont have them pinned. Torque the hell out of them with some blue locktite. This has solved that problem for me


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Also the one piece top clamp should be used with the tall bars and beach bars. If the bars get moved too many times the knurl gets bad and the bars won't clamp tight anymore.

When I install the long bars I pin them because I don't want the bike back for loose bars and have to fix the problem for free !

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What do you mean by pinning? I have installed a set of 14's on mine and scared the crap out of me last weekend, bars moved, so I torqued the crap out of the upper clamp.


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What do you mean by pinning? I have installed a set of 14's on mine and scared the crap out of me last weekend, bars moved, so I torqued the crap out of the upper clamp.


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Drill two holes through the clamp and bars and insert roll pins to keep the bars in place.

The new school way is to only drill the clamp, thread the holes and use set screws.


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