Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: USA, North Carolina, Raleigh
Versys 300 bar weight removal. The critical mistake was bathing it in red not blue loctite (2 drops would have been fine).
If you want to re-use the bar end weights, this will limit the damage.
1. Rap the end of the screw about 3 times with a flat headed punch and hammer. Heat the bar end with a hair dryer or
heat gun for 5-10 minutes.
2. If you have an angle grinder ($10 at Harbor Freight make two flat cuts on the pointy end of the bar weights.
These will give a good grip for vise/channel locks. You will need the hex socket with the longest bar you have
and add some sort of extension pipe. Will need a buddy to help hold the vise/channel locks and the bike up.
3. Still frozen, then use two slot bladed screwdrivers and squeeze inside the grip and pry against the handlebar.
This will work, but it takes time. Avoid turning the grip, even if it makes you feel good, turning will damage
the metal retaining clip. Do not pry against the silver colored tabs/legs move the screw drivers to a dark section.
There are two sets of tabs/legs, once you are past these then put the vise/channel grips on and pull straight out.
4. The very end of the bars, fake stilletto look will be messed up. Your choice, sand and paint, most likely you will
have to cut some of the end off to install the hand guards.
2017 Versys 300 ABS, the fastest one ... green
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Last edited by wheels2ride; 03-12-2018 at 08:05 PM.