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    Default Polyurethane VS Solid Riser Bushings...Opinions??

    For guys running solid and poly riser bushings, any preference?

    I need to order new bushings for my '71 as I cant stand the rubber slop with apes. Do the poly ones feel close to the solids with a little vibration dampening or should I just go full solid and not worry about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bparsel View Post
    For guys running solid and poly riser bushings, any preference?

    I need to order new bushings for my '71 as I cant stand the rubber slop with apes. Do the poly ones feel close to the solids with a little vibration dampening or should I just go full solid and not worry about it?
    I like solids. There are dozens of ways to dampen the bars if they vibe too much. Contact Saltytonk or check Loud-n- Greasy Customs on chop market if you decide to go solid.

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    I like solid and have run 14" apes w. 2" risers that way for decades because I prefer the tighter feel. I used heavy flat washers before I got metal riser bushings.

    I swat a lead fishing sinker into each bar end with a hammer to dampen vibes, an ancient trick.

    After I bought apes with welded risers (from Front Street Cycle, so nice I bought one for each bike and a spare) I'm much happier than when I had to periodically fuck with tightening riser clamps. I will never go back to separate risers again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xllance View Post
    I like solids. There are dozens of ways to dampen the bars if they vibe too much. Contact Saltytonk or check Loud-n- Greasy Customs on chop market if you decide to go solid.
    Just PM'ed Soltytonk on the fitment of their bushings. Thanks for the heads up on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    I like solid and have run 14" apes w. 2" risers that way for decades because I prefer the tighter feel. I used heavy flat washers before I got metal riser bushings.

    I swat a lead fishing sinker into each bar end with a hammer to dampen vibes, an ancient trick.

    After I bought apes with welded risers (from Front Street Cycle, so nice I bought one for each bike and a spare) I'm much happier than when I had to periodically fuck with tightening riser clamps. I will never go back to separate risers again.

    Good trick on the sinker. I just bought new bars so I'll be sticking with risers for awhile until I upgrade again to some Zombie performance riserless apes.

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    Thanks man! and yeah Zombie riserless apes are nice. I've had a number of Zombie bars pass thru my hands either for customers bikes or my own bikes, and the quality is top notch.

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    I also have one set of FSS stainless bars which I tack welded (one tack per riser on the inside) to stainless risers. If I ever bend the bars I'll just unbolt the riser caps the twist off be riser bottoms to break the tack welds.

    I hate bar rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post

    I hate bar rotation.

    As do I. My riser bushings should be here today from Saltytonk. I plan to install those and drill through the top riser clamp into the bars. Tap the bars and then countersink a bolt through the top clamp to act as a set screw. I dont weld, so this should work to keep everything firmly in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bparsel View Post
    As do I. My riser bushings should be here today from Saltytonk. I plan to install those and drill through the top riser clamp into the bars. Tap the bars and then countersink a bolt through the top clamp to act as a set screw. I dont weld, so this should work to keep everything firmly in place.
    Careful doing that. You might end up with a cracked riser clamp.

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    Bar leverage is considerable. I tried that once long ago and the screw worked loose, plus a hole in your bars is a stress raiser. I'd hate to have half a bar in each hand one day...

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