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If you hold the handlebars and rocking back and forth is loose in the rubber that sits between.


Is this common in XRV? it is possible to replace the rubber?

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It is not common, but this is what I am about to do. Replacing the soft rubber w/ Delrin bushings. dI don't mind a bit of vibration is I gain a stiffer handle bar.
 

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It is not common, but this is what I am about to do. Replacing the soft rubber w/ urethane bushings. dI don't mind a bit of vibration is I gain a stiffer handle bar.
Do you know where to buy replacement parts to make it more stable. do not pour me something about the vibbrerar more. running nonetheless 90% gravel
 

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Do you know where to buy replacement parts to make it more stable. do not pour me something about the vibbrerar more. running nonetheless 90% gravel
I don't know where you can source replacement parts. I will be making my own from urethane.
 

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Do you know where to buy replacement parts to make it more stable. do not pour me something about the vibbrerar more. running nonetheless 90% gravel
I was always under the impression that the rubber dampening inserts inside the top yoke are not available separately. They are considered by Honda to be part of the yoke assembly.

Lee may be your answer, if you ask him nicely?!!!!


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I was always under the impression that the rubber dampening inserts inside the top yoke are not available separately. They are considered by Honda to be part of the yoke assembly.

Lee may be your answer, if you ask him nicely?!!!!


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You are correct the four bushings are not available separately from the yoke itself. The design BTW is the same as on most bikes. So no rocket science. I am swapping to solid bushings because I am tired of having to realign the handlebars each time the bike is dropped when doing off-road.

Those original rubber bushings are in fact quite simple. Conical sleeve at the top and bottom. Encased in rubber, which is cast into a steel sleeve. The steel sleeve is simply pressed into the yoke and stops when it touches a ridge in the middle, halfway between top and bottom. The PITA is removing that sleeve.
 

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Spent an hour with a hammer and a chisel removing the rubber inserts and their steel sleeve. The sleeve is difficult to remove. I slightly gouged the walls but it doesn't matter as the delrin bushings will be pressed in and it won't show. I'll make a spare set if "somebody" wants to test them. ;-)

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A good tip to remove the metal sleeve is to use a junior hacksaw and cut a slot in the sleeve, when you get very close to the aluminuim yoke the sleeve will be weak and will likely prize out worth a screwdriver

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You're correct. That is what I usually do. But in this case, there's a ridge in the center of the comp. It is not possible to use a hacksaw without damaging the upper stay. I'll post pictures.

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Could you have used a couple of sockets and a threaded rod to pull them through, one small enough to pass through the yoke and the other big enough to pull the bushing into? You can also use a vice like a press to press the small socket through. This can be a good way to install so long as you provide enough support to all parts
 

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Could you have used a couple of sockets and a threaded rod to pull them through, one small enough to pass through the yoke and the other big enough to pull the bushing into? You can also use a vice like a press to press the small socket through. This can be a good way to install so long as you provide enough support to all parts
Not possible. Because of the ridge in the center. And I am used of pulling bearings without speciality tools. ;-)
 

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I am tired of having to realign the handlebars each time the bike is dropped when doing off-road.

It's definitely worth knowing about this - I thought I'd broken something serious the first time I dropped my RD04. It took a while to work out it was just the play in the rubber bush and then i realised I could just pull the bars straight again.
 

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Not possible. Because of the ridge in the center. And I am used of pulling bearings without speciality tools. ;-)
I didn't mean any offence, was going to use a good phrase, "hope I'm not teaching my granny to sook eggs" but thought it may help some others

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I didn't mean any offence, was going to use a good phrase, "hope I'm not teaching my granny to sook eggs" but thought it may help some others

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Don't worry. I didn't feel any offence. actually, Before I threw the heavy hammer and the chisel onto it, I tried kindness and persuasion. Nothing worked... ;-)

BTW I shall have the delrin bushings done in a week. Can't wait to try them. ;-)

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Has anyone found any aftermarket clamps that fit and work well ??

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Mine are bent out of shape in a fall.. I might have a go at straightening them.. But just incase I cant.
Get used ones. ;-)
 
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