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  1. pmv4ret
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    Hi my namE is Ali and I have an 05 vstar 1100 classic
    Finally I have my 16" z bars with all the extended cables and lines needed for installtion.
    I got a quote from lots of motorcycle shops and it is really expensive for them to do it.
    I'm thinking about doing it myself.
    Never done any major work on motorcycles like this before, but for so many Years I have done projects on cars with a success.
    Is there a step by step DIY on here that I can follow to help me install it.
    What should I look for? Should I get myself into it ?
    I really feel getting ripped to pay Someone $400-500 for stupid installation

    Help is appreciates.

    I live in boca raton/ south Florida. If anyone around that wants to stop by and enjoy the fun.

  2. fupar
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    ...I'm thinking about doing it myself...Is there a step by step DIY on here that I can follow to help me install it. What should I look for? Should I get myself into it ?...
    This is not a difficult install. Just search the archives.
    There are a lot of posts giving the proper procedures.

    Two things to remember -
    - make sure that you don't get ANY brake fluid onto the paint.
    - place a thick, soft blanket, towel, etc. on the gas tank before you do anything else.
    (Once you begin to loosen the bolts at the risers, the handlebars could possibly drop down onto the gas tank, putting several ugly marks on the tank.)

    Just take your time. If you can get someone to help you, that would be even better. But, you CAN do this install yourself.

  3. pmv4ret
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    This is not a difficult install. Just search the archives. There are a lot of posts giving the proper procedures. Two things to remember -- make sure that you don't get ANY brake fluid onto the paint.- place a thick, soft blanket, towel, etc. on the gas tank before you doing anything else. (Once you begin to loosen the bolts at the risers, the handlebars could possibly drop down onto the gas tank, putting several ugly marks on the tank.)Just take your time. If you can get someone to help you, that would be even better. But, you CAN do this install yourself.
    Yea I looked on every line where and how it routes. It doesn't look that hard. But I just noticed that I'm missing the brake line. And ill b waiting for the install until next week.

  4. fupar
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    Yea I looked on every line where and how it routes. It doesn't look that hard...
    One more thing to look out for...

    Once you THINK you have the lines where you want them, BEFORE you take the bike out for a test ride, turn the handlebars to a FULL-LOCK left turn & a FULL-LOCK right turn. You want to make sure that the handlebars can make it from the farthest left to the farthest right, and vice versa, without having any cables or the brake hose kink up on you. You may have to re-route the lines a few times to ensure that you have smooth movement.

    You do not want to find out that you can not fully make a left or right turn, while in the middle of an intersection.

    If you have any questions, just ask.

    Be safe!

  5. pmv4ret
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    One more thing to look out for... Once you THINK you have the lines where you want them, BEFORE you take the bike out for a test ride, turn the handlebars to a FULL-LOCK left turn & a FULL-LOCK right turn. You want to make sure that the handlebars can make it from the farthest left to the farthest right, and vice versa, without having any cables or the brake hose kink up on you. You may have to re-route the lines a few times to ensure that you have smooth movement. You do not want to find out that you can not fully make a left or right turn, while in the middle of an intersection. If you have any questions, just ask. Be safe!
    is it necessary to remove the gas tank?

  6. fupar
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    is it necessary to remove the gas tank?
    Yes.
    In order to remove the old cables from where they attach to the engine, and to install the new ones, the gas tank has to be removed. The tank is held in place by just one bolt.

    Basically, all you have to do to remove the tank is -

    • remove the seats,
    • remove the bolt that holds the rear of the gas tank to the frame,
    • lift the rear of the tank,
    • then move the tank's rear from side to side (left to right) as you pull backwards on it.
    Once the rear bolt is removed, the tank is ready to come off. It is now just sitting on 2 rubber pieces. As you pull backwards on the tank, it will come off of those 2 pieces. Once the tank is off, you will see the 2 pieces. They are round & hollow, and they sit on 2 round metal protrusions on the frame. It's not complicated once you see how the tank is held onto the frame.

  7. retzdaret
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    Yeah, but don't forget to first turn the petcock off and disconnect the fuel line from the tank.

  8. pmv4ret
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    took the wires and the old bars off the bike tonight. pain in the a$$$
    i cant get the chrome metal that holds the left gripoff. its not moving. the person that installed my old bars had put some exrta locktight. its not going anywhere.
    any suggestions.?

  9. quicgmicg
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    took the wires and the old bars off the bike tonight. pain in the a$$$i cant get the chrome metal that holds the left gripoff. its not moving. the person that installed my old bars had put some exrta locktight. its not going anywhere.any suggestions.?
    You may need to buy a new grip if that one was glued on. Or maybe try to get some WD-40 between the grip and the handlebar and work it until it comes loose.

    .....you've just discovered one of the reasons why shops need to charge what they do.

  10. pmv4ret
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    You may need to buy a new grip if that one was glued on. Or maybe try to get some WD-40 between the grip and the handlebar and work it until it comes loose. .....you've just discovered one of the reasons why shops need to charge what they do.
    took the grips off finaly. i hit another wall. the threaded piece where the screws goes into at the tips of the handle bars by the grips were drilled and welded into my old bars. f&&$$$k . i have to drill and weld into my new bars. im so pissed. this whole process is a fail.im so pissed.

  11. quicgmicg
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    I think those are just bar end weights to help eliminate vibration. You can probably just leave them off.... got any pics?

  12. pmv4ret
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    I think those are just bar end weights to help eliminate vibration. You can probably just leave them off.... got any pics?
    yes there are the weights. So I don't need them. But do the tips of the grips stay empty. Sorry don't have any pix. I took them to a friends shop. To try to cut the welds.

  13. pmv4ret
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    i removed the gas tank. there was another black tank. that covers the area. i cant rach the choke cable. am i supposed to remove the black tank too.

  14. quicgmicg
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    The black thing is the air box....Try this first....... Try taking off the chrome plastic carb cover on the left side of the bike. I think you should be able to see where the choke cable attaches.

    The grips will just slide on a bit further (depending on the style of grip)....or you can always tack the old weight brackets onto your new bars.

  15. pmv4ret
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    Yea I'm going to tach the old grips back on the bike. I will c if I can remove the chrome piece to get to the choke cable.

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