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post #1 of 6 Old 02-24-2013, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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2011 klr650 handlebar clamp bolt torque spec

Can anyone tell me the correct torque value for the Handlebar Clamp Bolts on my 2011 KLR650. I want to adjust the handlebars and I would like to know the correct value to re-torque the bolts.

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The proper torque is 18 ft-lbs.

According to the manual, the proper sequence is to tighten the front bolts first, then the back bolts. There will be no gap between the cap and triple tree at the front and a large gap at the back.

Seems a dumb-ass way to do it, but that's what the books says.

I've always snuck up on the tightening a few pounds at a time such that, when all was done, there was an equal gap all the way around. That may not be the right way but I've never been killed, not even once.

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Tom, Thanks so much for your quick response.
It helped me out .
I hope you get your engine back together soon.

Thanks,

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The top clamps have an arrow showing the front, the front leg is intentionally longer than the back specifically so it can be fastened rigidly to the lower mount, then only the back bolt closes the loop which reduces its diameter so to speak which does the clamping around the whole bar uniformly, the same way the forks are clamped in the triple clamps.

The manual is the correct way with no front gap, having a gap both sides will work for sure, but is more crushing the bar from two sides rather than compressing around its full diameter and hence does not clamp as strongly.
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Must say, I've monkeyed around with them a lot, even loosening and adjusting them several tiimes in the middle of a ride to get them where I wanted them, but have never done more than rotate the bars, re-tighten the bolts by hand with an Allen wrench and lose the gray plastic caps that snap into the bolt heads with no consideration of torque values, sequences or gaps.

What 270win says does make sense, though. Never thought about it.



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You are absolutely right. I had to go check it out and it is just as you say.

Thank you, I learned something today.

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