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Rimjam

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Replacing Handlebar Riser Bushings - '00 SERG - UPDATE
« on: June 15, 2018, 04:55:43 PM »

Can't find any info in the service manual on above topic. (Section/page?).  Handlebars just too loose after 78K miles.  Looking it over leads me to believe I might remove the instrument bezel, instrument nacelle, retaining bolts from underneath (using a long extension & wobbly socket), lift the handlebar & risers just enough to slip those new poly bushing right in there.  Am I on the right track?
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Re: Replacing Handlebar Riser Bushings - '00 SERG - UPDATE
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 10:21:35 AM »

Project completed.  Not as bad as I'd guessed; removal of instrument bevel, ignition switch and instrument nacelle just like the service manual says  -  except  -  outer fairing does not have to be removed unless you're going to completely take the right half of the instrument nacelle off the bike which is unnecessary if you're just replacing the handlebar riser bushings. Nacelle halves can just be laid back out of the way to raise the handlebar(s) & risers enough to slip new bushings in place.  I went with HD poly bushings because the dealership is close & they had them in stock ($50). Instructions in the box were clear & simple, actual install time was probably no more than 20 min with a good wifey helper to hold the bar(s) once the cap screws were removed.  I lubed the new bushings with liquid soap & they slid right in.  I suggest installing the left cap screw first to capture the ground wire eyelet then tighten just enough to be able swing the forks to the left & install the right cap screw. Right side had a large flat washer under the cap screw head which doesn't appear in parts manual but I reused it since I couldn't see that it got in the way of anything. Both cap screws torqued to 40 ft #. Haven't had a chance for a test ride yet to see if vibration level has increased but the bar(s) are definitely more steady. 
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Re: Replacing Handlebar Riser Bushings - '00 SERG - UPDATE
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 07:42:55 AM »

Ride Report.
Spent the better part of Sunday touring rural Blount Co, Al.  Handlebar vibration level with new poly bushings somewhat higher than rubber below 2000 rpm, especially if you take hands off bars.  Above 2000 no noticeable difference than before. Like a lot of things it's a trade off.
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