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04-25-2013, 05:20 AM,
new bars = new cables ?
So I've got a 2002 Vstar 650 Custom and I want to get 8 inch Z bars. I've tilted my stock bars forward for more height, but it just looks odd. My question is, if I get the 8 inch Z bars, will I have to get new, longer cables? Any help will be much appreciated.

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04-25-2013, 03:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-25-2013, 03:13 PM by Mr RCOM.)
RE: new bars = new cables ?
Sup dude. I HIGHLY doubt you'll need new cables...i cant say for sure cause i dont own the 650 but i have the the 1100 and i have a 10" z bar and the stock ones fit really good. I did have to loosen the banjo bolt on the master cylinder to angle it downward to give me more more length for the front brake hose. But everything worked out.

Oh yeah... forgot to ask! So the bar's rise is 8" whats the width? If its super wide thatll affect it too...

I cant remember off hand right now but mine is like 28 or 30 inches wide.
LoLrcycle rider Cool
06-08-2014, 07:40 AM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
Did you get det 8" z bars TripleD13?
I'm into changing to z bars on my 650 custom aswell. But some people tell me it only works with 6" if I don't want to change the cables..
06-09-2014, 06:52 PM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
As long as you still have the stock risers, you should be ok. I think the rise on the OEM bars is about six and a half inches. So, 8" z bars will not be that much of a jump. If they are a little snug, you can just pull them back behind the triple trees instead of through them.
06-10-2014, 04:52 AM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
Nice! Thank's for the tips.
06-10-2014, 09:42 PM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
(06-10-2014, 04:52 AM)racz Wrote: Nice! Thank's for the tips.

Nice bike, a good set of z bars will look sweet.
07-15-2014, 02:07 PM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
It worked fine with the stock cables. looks great aswell =)
07-15-2014, 02:57 PM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
Need some photographic evidence or it didn't happen... Biggrin
2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
07-15-2014, 03:15 PM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
Yup yup. Gonna need pictures
LoLrcycle rider Cool
08-08-2014, 03:51 AM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
For most applications you can stick with stock cables. If your going to add any bars taller than 3-4 " you may be pushing it on the cables tension.
08-08-2014, 06:54 AM,
RE: new bars = new cables ?
figured id post this...

this is from the 1100 wiki

Handlebar/Riser "Rule Of Thumb"; Add 1 inch of cable for each inch of added rise, and one half inch of cable for each added inch of pull back. Example: if you are going up 3 inches and back 1 inch you would be adding 3.5 inches - round that up and order cables that are plus 5 over stock. See below for the Ape Hanger "Rule Of Thumb"

*In my own experience 10" rise work with stock cables so after 10 or 12 inches possibly go by the above rule of thumb*

Ape Hanger Cable Length "Rule Of Thumb"

When adding ape hangers, you will obviously need to get extended control cables and a brake hose. A quick formula is to take the height of the apes and subtract 6". So for adding 18" ape hangers, you'd need a the cables/hoses 12" longer than stock. You can order using this sizing from most any cable manufacturer or retailer. They should know the stock length of the cables.

However, there can be differences because some of these bars may have a wider or narrower spread, or the rider may prefer to angle them differently for comfort, or the riser height may be different. Obviously, if you have something a little different than the normal or a different routing path, the best way to measure for length is to mount everything, lay out the cable/hose routing then carefully measure everything to length.
LoLrcycle rider Cool
08-08-2014, 09:13 AM,
new bars = new cables ?
? why subtract the 6"?
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