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Handlebar holes

Hi guys, I am looking at the service manual while waiting for my Pro Taper to come, and noticed that there holes on each side of the handlebar, most specifically to there is one for each electronic housing (next to the grips).

If anyone has installed a handlebar (esp. the SE), are the holes necessary? How hard is it to drill into an aluminium bar? Thanks.
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the holes keep your electric housing things from rotating. i used a few wraps of black elec tape or racket tape (can't recall) under the housing when put back on to an aftermarket bar. I wouldn't drill.
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I didn't drill either. I used a dremal tool to grind off the plastic pin inside the housing. No taping was necessary to keep the housing from turning, it screwed on tight enough without it.
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awesome.....thats one less thing do.
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If it were me I'd drill the hole (I have in the past). Takes all of two minutes and you have some piece of mind that your housing won't rotate at an inopportune time.
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Use a zip tie.
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Drilling the hole implies that you are smart enough to have everything lined up perfectly the way you are the most comfortable with before you drill. I have never been able to get it that precise.
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Drilling the hole implies that you are smart enough to have everything lined up perfectly the way you are the most comfortable with before you drill. I have never been able to get it that precise.
... I didn't drill holes, and don't need them. You can always add a bit a tape for a more secure fit if required.
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There are alignment holes????
As delivered, the levers on my Versys were angled so far down I almost couldnt get my fingers around them. I loosened the bolts, spun 'em up about an inch and screwed 'em back down. Never felt anything slide into or out of a hole. Nothings moved on me, hope I didn't break something though. I guess I'll find out when I get the aluminum bars.

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The handlebar holes are actually underneath the two plastic housings, and used to keep them secure. I didn't feel like drilling holes, esp. since I might be playing with the angle the handlebars are at for a while. The right side is clamped fine, but for some reason the left, even with a layer of tape, doesn't want to lock completely in place. Not a biggie.

Funny thing I noticed while pulling the stock bar off--as it as notched rings around the lower bend (where the clamp is)--is that my handlebar was never centred. The notches left an imprint in the clamp base, and low and behold the handlebar sat more to the left (clutch) than it did the right.
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The handlebar holes are actually underneath the two plastic housings, and used to keep them secure. I didn't feel like drilling holes, esp. since I might be playing with the angle the handlebars are at for a while. The right side is clamped fine, but for some reason the left, even with a layer of tape, doesn't want to lock completely in place. Not a biggie.

Funny thing I noticed while pulling the stock bar off--as it as notched rings around the lower bend (where the clamp is)--is that my handlebar was never centred. The notches left an imprint in the clamp base, and low and behold the handlebar sat more to the left (clutch) than it did the right.
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