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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Change out bushings with handlebar swap?

Do you need to change out the bushings with a handlebar swap?

I'm installing some Yaffe 12" bars next week on my 12 RGC. Didn't think about the bushings until just now. The bike is only has a few thousand miles on it, so I doubt the stock bushings have much if any wear.

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don't go cheap just change them out now. i just did mine 2 nights ago. its $40 for the POLY bushings from the moco. with the apes your stock rubber bushing will be squishy and have tons of play when braking. Take it from my experience and spend the money now or else your going to regret it.
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I had the dealer put my 14" apes on for me, and wasnt even a year old.
A year later, my bars were real squishy, dangerously squishy.
So i was showing the squishyness to the dealer, and they said,
" didnt you put poly bushings on?" i said, "you guys installed the bars".
"oh, we always put poly bushings on apes now". So i swapped to poly bushings, and it made a HUGE difference. Much safer and handles better.
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just do them now. I put on 12" this winter and the stockers were fine... after about 8k miles they need to be replaced with the poly (winter project!).

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You don't have to but it is highly recommended. I like the Alloy Art Gooden Tite bushings.
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I didn't even think about changing the bushings when I changed my bars, 30k miles later, no problems. But if I do anything else to the front end I will change the bushings.

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The more rise you add the more you will need the poly bushings. I went from stock to Heritage bars and didn't need to change. When I added WO 502 12 1/2 bars I still didn't change them out right away. There was a lot of movement so I changed the bushings. I now have WP 614b and definately need the poly bushings. I changed my bushings with the bars on the bike.

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You don't have to but it is highly recommended. I like the Alloy Art Gooden Tite bushings.
Any other recommendations or suggestions on best ones to go with? Are the MOCO ones good enough? Swapping mine out in a couple weeks. Was going to dealer Saturday to get my SE TBW and now I think bushings.


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Which bushings are best? I see the Arlen Ness bushings 08-029 are those OK?

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If they are poly they should all pretty much be the same. I think (not 100% sure) that Energy suspension makes them for all these guys.

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