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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Riser question

I ordered a set of 4.5" risers for my bike (VStar1100 Classic) from China and they arrived yesterday. I know, I know - Chinese junk, but I'm not sure if I'll like them or not so I figured it would be better to toss out $40 before spending $150.

Anyway, they actually look quite nice so I was anxious to try them out. I took my handlebars off, then one of the risers. This is where I stopped. The stock ones have a stud with a thicker shank that works as a bushing where it goes through the triple tree. The ones I got have no stud, just a threaded hole. My question is, does this stud come out of the stock riser or will have to use something else? If so, will a bolt work or do I need to find something to use as a bushing? First time doing this so any advice would be welcome.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 05:12 PM
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Use just bolt. I also got some of the ones off eBay. If memory is right minecwere a 1/2 by 13. Don't remember length. Been on 3 years. Love them. No issues or concerns. On mine I didn't like how tight the brake line was and loosened the top fitting slightly and rotated cable so it pointed down. If you just loosen enough to rotate you don't need to bleed brakes. Make sure you tighten the clamp on bars pretty tight. At first I didn't have mine tight enough and bars rotated slightly first time I hit brakes hard and my weight shifted to bars. It was a pucker moment. Post some pictures when you get them on.

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Forget to mention, use large flat washer between bolt and bushing in triple tree. The bushing is rubber, if you just use bolt you can tear into bushing with bolt head and you can't tighten good.

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Zoom in on picture and you can see head on bolt and washer going up into riser.

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Thanks les, appreciate it. Good tip on the washer. One other thing, mine aren't round like yours - they're more rectangular and don't quite fit inside the hole where the bushing is. Any idea if I'll run into issues with vibration or anything else if I just use another big washer on top too? I suppose I could grind down the corners a bit so it would sit down on the bushing if I had to, but I'd rather not do that.

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I've seen the type you have and it's not an issue. They just sit on top of the hole. My friend has them and work good. If it was me I would try to find a chrome washer. I don't like the look of seeing the whole around the sides of riser. But that's me. This is the set he has.


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That's the ones I have. Once again, appreciate the help. I'll post a pic when they're installed.
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Forgot to mention, don't to final tightening on riser bottom bolt till you have bars on. If not the bar hole on riser might be 100% square to bars. Hope that made sense. I put some medium locktite on bottom riser bolts. Wouldn't be good for bolts to loosen up, mine were course thread, and bars coming off in hand. 😨

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Well, got them on and wow, it feels like a different bike! Much more comfortable riding position. My arms aren't stretched out straight anymore. I watched a YouTube video and he explained about tightening the riser bolts last so I knew about that. Good idea about the Loctite too. Mine are also coarse thread. Here are the promised pics (trying imgBB so bear with me if they don't work - lol):




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I did have to reroute the clutch and choke cables behind the triple tree but otherwise all went fairly smooth.
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