Remove handlebar compression fitting? How??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Yakima, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Yakima

    Yakima NC 700

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    I have hand guards that bolt into rubber compression fitting. I'm trying to get that fitting out to install a new bar.
    Can't make them move.
    My best idea so far is cut the bar an inch past where (I think) the compression fitting ends, soak in WD40 and tap out.
    There's got to be an easier/better way.
    What you say?
    TIA
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  2. duck

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    Hard to know exactly what your talking about w/o a pic but I use a 6" extension for a 1/4" ratchet to pull rubber handlebar mounts out of fork trees.
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  3. 2 SPOT

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    rubber? what you describe sounds like a boat plug type thing,,, should just loosen and pull out.

    on everything ive seen you loosen the bolt, then give it a tap with a hammer to push the wedge out of the sleeve and the whole assmbly slides right out of the bar.
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  4. Yakima

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    Yeah, a foto would be nice, but's inside the 'bar.
    The hand guards attach with a bolt which fits into a threaded split piece of metal, like a tube, cut diagonally. Threading in the bolt causes the two pieces to pull together, effectively enlarging the diameter and jamming the tube against the 'bar.
    Compounding things is a piece of rubber jammed into the bar through which the bolt also goes.
    Bolt is out, the jammed pieces are still tight (I think) and the rubber is still tightly in place.
    In profile it's
    Metal/rubber/handlebar with the metal piece extending in to the bar.
    Confused? No? Should I keep trying?
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  5. 2 SPOT

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    ahh thats your problem, thread the bolt back in a few turns and tap it with a hammer, once it pops in you can pull the whole thing out.
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  6. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    +1 and also shoot some WD40 or other oil in there, once the rubber starts moving it won't fight you anymore if it is oily.
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  7. Yakima

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    Cool. Thanks!
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