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Well here it goes fellas, any of you here using an upgraded handlebar clamp, I went with 14 inch apes and torqued bars to specifications, 16 to 20 ft pounds seems good to me, but was wondering if I needed something heavier, did you guys also use stock torque specs or went higher. I know Hill county customs makes a heavy duty top clamp, looks beefy but do I need it, and if anyone has one , please feel free to chime in. Thanks fellas.
 

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I've put lots of 12s and 14s on at work and even have 14s on my own bike, all with the stock top clamp. Never had an issue. Yes, I do torque the 4 bolts down just a little over factory spec. If the bars have knurling on them, they shouldn't have any issues. On the few bars that I have done, that the customer has supplied and there was no knurling, I would drill and tap the top clamp and put a small allen set screw.
 

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Okay great , if you guys went a bit over stock torque, what did you set it at? I set it at 20 ft pounds like the service manual stated, my bars are excellent quality and have a good knurling on them.
 

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Okay great , if you guys went a bit over stock torque, what did you set it at? I set it at 20 ft pounds like the service manual stated, my bars are excellent quality and have a good knurling on them.
You'll be fine at torque as long as you went with the service manual sequence. You start messing around and you'll end up rounding out a head or snapping a fastener.
 

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I torqued them all evenlly in a criss cross pattern to spec seems good to me, so I am good with that. Thanks for all the input.
 
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