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Handlebar bolts to riser no thread tight.

I bought a 2014 Versys 1000 in feb picked it up from the dealer in the spring and during transport in the trailer the handle bars were pulled down to my gas tank. Some broken parts and the dealer reluctantly fixed some of them stating it was my own fault. All that aside i recently installed a set of sw motech handlebars riser, the instructions say to use medium thread tight which i did do. The origanal factory bolts i pulled out had none. My dealer is telling me it is not stanard practice to use thread tight on handle bars. this seems odd to me. I would think it would be required to keep my handle bars from coming loose. The dealer says blue thread tight would make it hard to loosen the bolts to adjust handle bars in the futre. Isn't that the point. Do our handle bars bolts have thread tight in them?
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Are you threadlocking the hidden lower bolts or the top cap bolts?

I can understand using med threadlock on the lower riser bolts that clamp the riser to the head, as these are usually hidden and not easily accessible later for spot checks.

The top cap bolts should not need threadlock. If you tighten to speck torque they should be fine.
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The top cap bolts
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they were tightened to spec torque still came loose. 20 ftbs
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From what i ahve been reading from other forums there is a lot of vibration and buzzing from these bikes, thread lock seems logical if you ask me.
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If you want to use it then use it. But it is not necessary. If the bars came down during transportation I would be questioning how it was strapped down. Straps are attached at the base of the handlebars not to the ends. Then again the handlebars are attached when first putting the bike together at the dealership. The person doing it might not have tightened the bolts properly. It wouldn't be the first time.


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Strapped down at the end of the bars per the salesmans instructions when i picked it up. No way to prove the bolts weren't torqued properly. Never bike gets gone over with a fine tooth comb. Live and learn i guess. It seems from the replies on here thread tight is not required, however on this bike i am using it, the after market riser says it has to be used or warranty of the product is void. No big deal medium blue thread tight will not cause many problems to loosen bolts.
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If it is like most Kawasaki bikes there is also a tightening sequence, two top bolts then two bottom bolts. I don't see a problem with using blue Loctite.
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Strapped down at the end of the bars per the salesmans instructions when i picked it up. No way to prove the bolts weren't torqued properly. Never bike gets gone over with a fine tooth comb. Live and learn i guess. It seems from the replies on here thread tight is not required, however on this bike i am using it, the after market ris
er says it has to be used or warranty of the product is void. No big deal medium blue thread tight will not cause many problems to loosen bolts.

The handlebars are not designed to take that much stress at the ends no matter how tight the bolts were. In my opinion it sounds like an idiot salesman.


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they were tightened to spec torque still came loose. 20 ftbs
My SERVICE MANUAL says the torque is 18ft/lbs, not 20.

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