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I need some new bars, bent mine pretty bad. So I noticed a drilled hole where the throttle control fits into so it wont twist around the bar. How can I make sure I get that on a new set of bars, or am I just looking to drill my own hole? Really want to see how a set of Z bars looks on here and the cost is about the same as OEM unless I go really custom which i have some ideas for after visiting brcustomcycles.com and looking at the V bar section.
 

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There should already be a hole for the throttle and clutch housing on each side. It's a pretty standard measurement on most bars. Just stay with 22MM O.D. bars and you should be fine. clip-ons and the like will not work with the Z
 

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If you look for 7/8" handlebars (22mm) online, most are "just the bar", meaning they have no dimples or holes to set your throttle control housing index pin into. You could drill a hole into the bar after lining up the throttle controls to your liking. Others will take a dremel or file and cut off or file down the index pin (the plastic nub on the throttle controls that fits into a hole in the handlebar to prevent it from spinning or rotating on the bar). This would allow you to simply slide the control onto the bar without making any holes in the bar. Some people argue that making a hole in the bar weakens it. However, if you file off the plastic index pin, then what is to stop the control from rotating around on the bar? For this, you could wrap where the control clamps into the bar with electrical tape, or a double sided type tape, so that it will make the bar "sticky" at the spot you choose to mount your throttle control housing.

I can say from experience that if you choose to buy a non-OEM handlebar to replace your bent one, you can choose any number of bar ends to fit the bar. Its been mentioned on this forum that A/M bars do not allow the OEM bar ends to be reused. Anytime I've changed handlebars on any of the bikes I've owned (my wrists like very little sweep in a bar), I've used A/M bar ends without issue. You can choose from many colors, styles, and materials if you do. I use vibration dampening bar ends just to add a little more comfort for my longer rides.

For reference, this is the dampener I use (which won't work on OEM bars, but does on most A/M bars). They do require using the included tap to thread the female end of the handlebar. Visit bestdualsportbikes.com for more info if interested.

Just another option. Good luck with your handlebar job.
 

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Thanks for the awesome feed back, does anyone think Z Bars would fit properly? I know 7/8would in theory but I mean with the instrument cluster and overall width.
 

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Purchaes CHEAP bars off Amazon. Fit great, ran me $24, chrome green color, had to shave the nipples in the fittings down to fit, left just enough to Bite. No electrical tape used and they don't move at all. Also got some $10 hand grips and some $15 bar end mirrors. Love all of it! The mirrors vibrate way less than the OEM. Probably not so much drag an them.
 
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