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    Mornin' GSR,

    I did a google search but....

    I've got a 79 GS850 that is finally running well enough to start worrying about the aesthetics/details. Somewhere along the line, someone installed aftermarket bars and didn't correctly modify the steering stops so the bars slap the tank at full-lock in both directions. As a result, the tank is dented slightly from the bars and the paint has pealed and is bare there. For many different reasons, I'd like to correct the steering stops but don't want to reinvent the wheel. Also, I like the looks/aesthetics/geometry of the bars and don't want to get rid of them. Please point me in the direction of the best way to modify the steering stops.

    Thanks!

    Here's a pic I took the other day on initial start-up while "carb tuning". Notice the dents and bare spots on the tank from bar contact.
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    I haven't done it on a GS, but on other bikes I've glued small pieces of 1/8" aluminum to either the stop on the steering head or the one on the triple to restrict the movement.
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    I've seen nuts JB Welded to the existing stops. Hoping for something a little more elegant but something like that might have to do! LoL
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    Gosh, yrs. ago you saw this all the time, I didn't realize this still was happening. I never saw anyone modify the stop, just got a handlebar that fit. Hey Rich, what kind of glue, My B12 has the left stop broken off. I've got a replacement lower triple clamp, but dreading pulling it all apart to replace it. Something glued on, that will hold, would be great. Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rphillips View Post
    Gosh, yrs. ago you saw this all the time, I didn't realize this still was happening. I never saw anyone modify the stop, just got a handlebar that fit. Hey Rich, what kind of glue, My B12 has the left stop broken off. I've got a replacement lower triple clamp, but dreading pulling it all apart to replace it. Something glued on, that will hold, would be great. Thanks in advance.
    I think I used JB Weld. This was on various race bikes, so it's been a while. Keep in mind though that I wasn't replacing a stop, just securing something in place that only took a compressive load. No shear forces.
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    I'm not Rich, but JB Weld has worked fantastic for that sort of thing in all my quick-fixes of the past, especially if you've got a replacement you just need rainy-day-time to install.
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    Opposite problem from mine, had clip ons and there were extended tabs to limit tank interference. It was quite nicely done, I had to grind back to use normal bars. Looked like rectangular bar stock in the shape and dimension of the stock stop was welded on. That seemed the best solution to my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    Opposite problem from mine, had clip ons and there were extended tabs to limit tank interference. It was quite nicely done, I had to grind back to use normal bars. Looked like rectangular bar stock in the shape and dimension of the stock stop was welded on. That seemed the best solution to my eyes.
    I think that is about what I did. I clamped aluminum square stock stops to the lower triple. Confirmed range of motion to avoid the tank and took it to the welder.

    I also drilled through the triple so he could weld to the base of the stop not just the edges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    Opposite problem from mine, had clip ons and there were extended tabs to limit tank interference. It was quite nicely done, I had to grind back to use normal bars. Looked like rectangular bar stock in the shape and dimension of the stock stop was welded on. That seemed the best solution to my eyes.
    Nice! I'd love to see some close up pics. I'm a decent welder and that didnt even cross my mind to be honest. I always like modifications to be removable by the next guy but this might be the best option. After all, just about anything is removable with the right grinding wheel or torch!
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    I've drilled and tapped a hole, then installed a socket head screw with a locknut to create an adjustable steering stop to repair crash damage. You can do this on the lower triple or on the frame, depending on what you have available.
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