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Does anyone know if there are different grip lengths for FBW grips? I have had a gap in my controls bolting up the the 1.5" bars. It finally bugged me enough to email the manufacturer and they basically told me to cut the bars, or get a new set of grips with a deeper fit. Just me, but...... Anyway, just asking and getting some info before I call them back.
 

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I don't think its a stupid question, but all grips I've seen are pretty much the same length, if they're telling you to cut the bars, it sounds like they've run into this before. I blame the manufacture of the bars.
 

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I'm with you. They completely cut them too long. And the reply I got back from them was basically admitting it. They told me "other customers have found longer ones. But I don't know what that are".

I don't think its a stupid question, but all grips I've seen are pretty much the same length, if they're telling you to cut the bars, it sounds like they've run into this before. I blame the manufacture of the bars.
 

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I don't think its a stupid question, but all grips I've seen are pretty much the same length, if they're telling you to cut the bars, it sounds like they've run into this before. I blame the manufacture of the bars.
Agreed, the grips fit my BR bars perfectly. You can't just cut the damn bars, they have to be notched for the TBW. I doubt they advertised a hack saw and dremel was needed for installation.


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This may sound weird but make sure the internal wiring is pulled through the bars enough. I have probably about 1/8" gap on between the control clamp on one side and no gap on the other side. My buddies bars have a larger gap.
 

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I pulled the clamps apart and bottomed the grips, then put the clamps together and there is more than a half inch gap.
 

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Man. That's too bad. Ugly! No offense, Bro. They should look great!

Whose bars are they? About to buy some apes for first "winter" project. Sure would like to know.
 

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That are Carlini Gangster apes. The response I have gotten so far is that I just need to cut them down. I replied that I waited months for those bars, and for $400 I need to cut on them. And of course now I can't get them to respond.
 

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So here are the last two emails that went back and forth.

Rex,

Well, I've emailed Performance Machine, Avon, Kuryakyn, and Joker Machine. They all note that they make their grips based on the stock measurements. Then they physically measured them for me. They are all within 1/10 of an inch.
Then I emailed a few of the custom bar manufacturers and asked about the measurements, (without giving your name, or the Carlini name) and they all responded with the same. That the bars were cut too long. When I emailed the pictures and asked of a solution, again, they all responded with the same. The bars have to be cut, noting that much gap can't be made up anywhere. 1/8" maybe, but a half inch isn't doable.
Have you been able to recheck your jig and remeasure?

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And his reply this morning.

There is no problem with our jig. We have not had any customers approach with an issue with the length of the grip sections on our bars at all. This is probably due to the fact that the majority of our customers hire a certified mechanic to do the installation for them. It is normal procedure when doing an installation of bars to test fit the controls and grips prior to running the lines internally in case the grip sections need to be trimmed or in some cases, lengthened (I have seen both). It is impossible to create an 1.5" bar with a grip section that will accommodate every grip on the market. Handlebars require a certain amount of finesse in order to achieve a perfect fit and a certified mechanic can give you the proper instruction to complete the job to your satisfaction.

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Wow , They send you bars that are to long and then insult you after forking over $400.00. Thanks for the heads up on this vendor and sorry for the position your in. They go on my never purchase from list.
 

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I should have seen this coming. There is not one vendor out there that will even order from him, or has any relationship with him. I was warned several times about them, but gave them the benefit of the doubt after calling and speaking with them. I guess he just proved my ignorance and his poor customer service and poor quality of workmanship.
 

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Wow , They send you bars that are to long and then insult you after forking over $400.00. Thanks for the heads up on this vendor and sorry for the position your in. They go on my never purchase from list.
Totally agree.

And, THANKS for dropping the dime.

Think I'm going with Wild 1 Chubby Apes W0612s. About $220. NOT looking forward to the install! Know it will be "fun".

Good Luck. It ain't right what they're doin'!! No mystery what's wrong!!!
 

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Shoot me an email when you get ready, I have a cheat sheet to help with the install.


Totally agree.

And, THANKS for dropping the dime.

Think I'm going with Wild 1 Chubby Apes W0612s. About $220. NOT looking forward to the install! Know it will be "fun".

Good Luck. It ain't right what they're doin'!! No mystery what's wrong!!!
 

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I should have seen this coming. There is not one vendor out there that will even order from him, or has any relationship with him. I was warned several times about them, but gave them the benefit of the doubt after calling and speaking with them. I guess he just proved my ignorance and his poor customer service and poor quality of workmanship.
400 bucks is an expensive lesson, but crap like that will cost him much more in the long run. If you like the bars, either try yourself or get someone to trim them to fit properly and consider it a lesson learned. If he can live with it, you can live without it.

And thanks for the heads up. Carlini is one I've been looking at for a winter project. I can cross that off the list.
 

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I'll probably keep them,not because I want to keep any of his crap. But I just couldn't in good mind sell them to anyone.
 

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Well, 99% of folks will not notice. YOU would have a lot more in swapping em out than they would in making a righteous set, IMHO!!!

Thanks. I'll do that. Maybe sooner than later. 'preciate it!
 
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