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Got a 1978 gl 1000 would like to upgrade look and function to new one inch bars and if a 7 in bullet headlight would be possible for this gold wing
 

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Anything is possible. What's wrong with the "look" of the 7/8 bars? You'll have to make adapters for the bar clamps, unless someone out there has already made them. A lot of work for very little gain IMO. If I did that, I can imaging the ribbin' I'd get from my HD buddies.. ..

(who, by the way, have all parked their 1" bars for the winter.) :D
 

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sure u can modify anything to accomodate 1inch bars but why would you want to? if i may ask
 

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I saw a thread over on the naked wings sight where a guy had a link to rizers that converted 7/8 bars to l inch bars. Don\tremember that place they where like 30 bucks

Wilf
 

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...of course, you could shave the top tree and put your own bar clamps in. Do that and weld on some new risers. Or just weld-on some new bars. Lots of ways..

I like my stock bars. I did change my bar clamp though. From a Honda 450 twin. It's a full cast piece. I thought of making one but came across this instead. I've a control-head to mount there. This gave another option.
 

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peterbilt wrote:
sure u can modify anything to accomodate 1inch bars but why would you want to? if i may ask
Because then it would be more like a Harley instead of a "Rice Burner" - Of Course!
 

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The bars won't fit the clamps, the clutch, brake and switches won't fit the 1" bars so it seems a lot more trouble than it's worth. Hard to tell 1" from 7/8" bars from very far off anyway. If you want taller, shorter, wider or narrower bars just get what you want in 7/8. If it's fatter grips you want just get fatter grips.
 

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Anim8or Earl wrote:
That clamp looks good CaptainMidnight85.
Thanks. It's surprising to me to find so many interchangeable parts from other models.

The 450 had a new choke cable on it as well. 5" shorter than a GL cable, but exactly the same otherwise. Perfect length for my carb swap should I ever change it to a manual choke.

I run one of the shocks from that bike too. They were new replacements on the 450. One air-spring and one conventional spring on the 1000. Like a 1500. I blew out a seal on one of the air shocks, so it seemed right to me. Works well.

My bike is turning into a Mutt. :ROFL:
 
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