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HOME MADE HANDLEBAR EXTENDERS NO WELDING REQUIRED

#1 2012-05-31 8:20pm

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HOME MADE HANDLEBAR EXTENDERS NO WELDING REQUIRED

I don't know if this has been posted before but I'll do it anyway.

Don't you just hate when a nice set of handlebars have been cut down or others feel & look great but are just are a bit too narrow?

Well I hear you, I have some Redline Pro size V bars that came stock roughly 25.5" wide x 9" high that I wanted a bit wider just to be more comfortable and have the grip & lever fit without being on the curve.

I was going to do the cut an inch off an old post or bars method and join them with a dowel so while I was at the hardware store today shopping for wood I came across these 3/4" long 3/4" to 1/2" copper pipe reducers in the plumbing section for like 2 bucks each and I got thinking?????

So here is what you will need, tape, reducer, piece of soda or pop can (depending on where you are from) and a good old US nickel.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/1.jpg

As you can see the reducer has a little play when inserted into the bar end, which is good because the inside diameter of bars are not all the same.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/2.jpg

This will be a trial & error stage, wrap some tape around the inner part of the reducer to take up the slack but allow for the aluminum strip to be pinched over it. The tape alone will rip & crimp when inserted, the aluminum keeps it nice & smooth.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/3.jpg
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/4.jpg

Now insert the piece snugly into the bar end, you can see it is the same outside diameter of the bar.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/5.jpg

I wrapped a single piece of tape around the seam just to keep out any liquid or spray used in grip mounting.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/6.jpg

Here's the finished product, the bars are now just over 27" wide.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/7.jpg

Now for the US nickel, you can see it is the same diameter as the bar end, be sure and insert it into your grip before mounting, it really helps prevent grip end blow outs. This tip works with most bars unless you plan on using Oakley crud plugs.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/8.jpg
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/9.jpg

For any international members that don't have access to a US nickel you could use a washer as long as it is the same diameter or I would be glad to sell you an era correct pair of nickels for $20.00 shipped worldwide!   Just Kidding!

Here is a shot of the grip mounted, there is plenty of room for a lever and the end feels solid & firm.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae268/SKYWAYNE1026/10.jpg


This added 3/4" on each side for a total of 1 1/2" if you need more the reducers fit in one another but may need to be pipe soldered together for added strength.

I would only do this for cruising or show, if you're going to ride hard get your ends welded!

Well that's my project I'm very happy with the outcome, the bars are wider and not damaged in any way.
If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions feel free to post them here.


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#2 2012-05-31 8:25pm

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Re: HOME MADE HANDLEBAR EXTENDERS NO WELDING REQUIRED

This is such a GREAT IDEA!!!!! Love it!!  big_smile


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#3 2012-06-01 10:04am

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Re: HOME MADE HANDLEBAR EXTENDERS NO WELDING REQUIRED

Very cool

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#4 2012-06-01 10:58am

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Great tip!  Added to the Best of BMX Restoration. smile

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#5 2012-06-01 12:13pm

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Re: HOME MADE HANDLEBAR EXTENDERS NO WELDING REQUIRED

Awesome idea! cool

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#6 2012-06-01 3:53pm

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Well done smile

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#7 2012-06-01 4:19pm

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Ha! Brilliant!!!!


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#8 2012-06-01 4:23pm

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Oh and by the way, Down here in the Dirty, we don't call them sodas or pop. The Natives call them cold Drinks but pronounced like its one word. lol it's ignorant but funny. Like if you go to McDonald's and order a combo, they will ask you; "What Flavor Coldrink you want?"


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#9 2012-06-01 4:53pm

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Great idea! I have some Dyno bars that are bent on the ends, so I'm going to cut off the bent part and do this to fix them. I've been doing the nickel thing since the '80s like I'm sure many of us have done. I always use some Scotch tape to tape the nickels to the ends of the bars instead, always been easier for me to do it that way than to throw them in the grips then try to get them flat.


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#10 2012-06-01 7:25pm

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Fabulous!  Great idea!

And taping the nickel to the end of the bars is a great tip also.  That way you dont plug the little hole in the end of the grip that allows the air to escape.

Two great tips in one place!  smile

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#11 2012-06-04 7:53pm

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I'm getting ready to do this in the morning. I have a set of GT 4 piece bars that somebody cut. I'll post pics then.


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#12 2012-06-04 9:45pm

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Spankylips wrote:

Oh and by the way, Down here in the Dirty, we don't call them sodas or pop. The Natives call them cold Drinks but pronounced like its one word. lol it's ignorant but funny. Like if you go to McDonald's and order a combo, they will ask you; "What Flavor Coldrink you want?"

Now I understand why a former co-worker was always asking if we had any "coldrinks"


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#13 2012-06-05 7:11pm

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MiniZ wrote:

Spankylips wrote:

Oh and by the way, Down here in the Dirty, we don't call them sodas or pop. The Natives call them cold Drinks but pronounced like its one word. lol it's ignorant but funny. Like if you go to McDonald's and order a combo, they will ask you; "What Flavor Coldrink you want?"

Now I understand why a former co-worker was always asking if we had any "coldrinks"

lol


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#14 2012-08-18 6:11pm

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cool

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#15 2012-08-19 9:03am

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Awesome tip thanks


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#16 2012-08-19 8:13pm

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That is absolutely SICK......Sorry guys I live in Ca. And SICK MEANS GREAT.....big_smile


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#17 2012-08-19 9:09pm

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Nice stuff mate big_smile...an old 2 cent piece works in Australia getting a bit hard to find now but I have a good stash of them here big_smile


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#18 2012-08-19 9:29pm

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This is a good idea. Exactly like a golf shaft extender. With a golf club they are epoxied in. I'd recommend epoxy over friction fitting with tape. Find some high sheer epoxy and if it still too loose you can add some glass beads to the epoxy or super fine sand to make it tighter, just like aggregate in concrete. You may be able to find these in steel too considering copper is pretty soft. The worse thing would be to land a jump onto a fla section and have your bar give way on the end and drive your face into your bars.

...Of course you did pointed out this is for show or cruising.

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#19 2012-09-13 9:14am

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smilecool


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#20 2012-09-14 6:57pm

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great idea:Dbig_smilecoolsmile

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#21 2013-01-08 3:22pm

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nice idea Wayne, i will have a look at the hardware shop big_smile


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#22 2013-01-10 9:11am

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I like it!!!!

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#23 2013-01-10 9:51am

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MiniZ wrote:

Spankylips wrote:

Oh and by the way, Down here in the Dirty, we don't call them sodas or pop. The Natives call them cold Drinks but pronounced like its one word. lol it's ignorant but funny. Like if you go to McDonald's and order a combo, they will ask you; "What Flavor Coldrink you want?"

Now I understand why a former co-worker was always asking if we had any "coldrinks"

Here in 'bama, all "sodas" are referred to as coke.  This does not change no matter if it is a Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Grapico, etc. as it is a coke.

Cool tip, but unfortunately, I have some S&M Castillo bars that were cut shorter than any Castillo bars I have ever seen.  Mini grips may fit, but it looks like you are riding a horse by its ears.  Going to add a few inches to each side and even them up again.


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#24 2013-01-10 9:53am

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Nice tip. Thx

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#25 2013-01-10 10:09am

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A few years back when I worked in the machine shop I made a few dozen custom sizes for members.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll221/Droc7683/Other/IMG_2617.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll221/Droc7683/Other/IMG_2616.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll221/Droc7683/Other/IMG_2731.jpg


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