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post #1 of 5 Old Oct 27th, 2007, 8:21 pm Thread Starter
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Question Handle Bar Replacement Question?

My handle bars on 2002 LT were bent during a collision with a SUV. The insurance company for the SUV driver has agreed that the SUV was at fault and will pay for all repairs to my LT. Dealer tells me handle bar replacement is about 4.5 labor hours. Tells me that the gas tank will need to be removed in order to replace bars. I have a couple of questions.

1. Does the tank really need to be removed?
2. Should I insist that the clutch and front brake be bleed and have new fluids?
3. Can the clutch and brake reservoirs be removed and replaced on the new handle bars with no impact to fluids?

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post #2 of 5 Old Oct 27th, 2007, 9:35 pm
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I have a couple of questions.
Actually you have 3 questions (a pair and a half! ).

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1. Does the tank really need to be removed?
I don't see why the tank has to be removed, unless it is required because of the throttle cables...
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2. Should I insist that the clutch and front brake be bleed and have new fluids?
With the bike on its side there is the possibility that air got into the system, especially if someone pulled either lever while righting up the bike. Test the brakes and clutch for "spongeness". If you fell that your safety is at stake then your request is reasonable
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3. Can the clutch and brake reservoirs be removed and replaced on the new handle bars with no impact to fluids?
A careful mechanic should be able to handle this...

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I would think since it is not your dime you would go with whatever your dealer says. Hopefully you have a good one and you trust him.

If I had to break lines and I suspect they do then I would go with a full flush, new fluids. I also think I would want all lines to the bars replaced as if they are tweaked, your lines and cables could be also.

I don't see how you could re route the cables with the tank on. Also would be worried about the other end that attach, if they got pulled, stressed, bent in any way.

Don't know for sure but just looking at the FM I would want it all checked and replaced if there is even a small doubt. Also you can get upgraded lines for it at the same time and that would be nice.

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My handle bars on 2002 LT were bent during a collision with a SUV. The insurance company for the SUV driver has agreed that the SUV was at fault and will pay for all repairs to my LT. Dealer tells me handle bar replacement is about 4.5 labor hours. Tells me that the gas tank will need to be removed in order to replace bars. I have a couple of questions.

1. Does the tank really need to be removed?
2. Should I insist that the clutch and front brake be bleed and have new fluids?
3. Can the clutch and brake reservoirs be removed and replaced on the new handle bars with no impact to fluids?

Thanks
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My handle bars on 2002 LT were bent during a collision with a SUV. The insurance company for the SUV driver has agreed that the SUV was at fault and will pay for all repairs to my LT. Dealer tells me handle bar replacement is about 4.5 labor hours. Tells me that the gas tank will need to be removed in order to replace bars. I have a couple of questions.

1. Does the tank really need to be removed?
2. Should I insist that the clutch and front brake be bleed and have new fluids?
3. Can the clutch and brake reservoirs be removed and replaced on the new handle bars with no impact to fluids?

Thanks
Joe
Tank does not have to be removed, tank cover (stingray) does.

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While throttle cables aren't an earthshaking safety item, it can be downright unpleasant for them to break in the middle of BFE, or the exit of a corner. You crashed. In that crash there were stressors. I know when I went down, I replaced mine, then again I bent the throttle side of the handle under. To replace the throttle cables the tank comes off.

The front brake is an essential safety item. I bought a used set of handlebars with all the gear on them and the mechanic absolutely refused to use an unknown brake master cylinder for safety purposes. He did use the clutch master.



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