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Handlebar installation

I'm getting ready to install new handlebars (Protaper ATV Mid) on my 2009 V this weekend and have two quick questions that I am hoping to get advice on.

1) Do I really need to properly torque the handlebar holder screws? I don't have a hex socket head and couldn't find any at the local home depot so wanted to double check before postponing the job to order online.

2) What are your thoughts on the best way to keep new grips seated on the bars? I've heard of people using grip glue, hairspray, nothing, etc.

Overall, it seems like a pretty damn easy job, so I will try to take some photos while I'm replacing the bars to help anybody else who is interested in changing them in the future.

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I never use my torque wrench on handlebar holders. I am just careful on watching the "gap" in the holder, as I go back and forth between tightening each bolt, a little at a time.
Old fashioned hairspray works well for sliding on hand grips and holding them to the bar when it dries. If you don't have hair spray, a small amount of glue will work too.
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I never use my torque wrench on handlebar holders. I am just careful on watching the "gap" in the holder, as I go back and forth between tightening each bolt, a little at a time.
Old fashioned hairspray works well for sliding on hand grips and holding them to the bar when it dries. If you don't have hair spray, a small amount of glue will work too.
Thanks so much! I'll give it a shot this weekend without the torque wrench and will ask my girlfriend to borrow a little hairspray (wonder how she'll react to that!).
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Did put an handle bar riser 3 years ago

Torque the hex bolt once to spec and retorque 2 month afterward

It's the thing that olds you on the bike, I choose not to take any chance with those bolt ...

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