Author Topic: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?  (Read 381 times)

Offline Random_Rockfish

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Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« on: September 06, 2017, 05:22:40 pm »
Can anyone recommend a rubber or nylon cushion to protect my handlebar from getting scraped up by a Ram U-bolt like this?



I had a nice set up on a bike that I sold but it went with the bike.
It was a piece of rubber trim that I had in my garage that I cut to fit around the bar - no trim, however, left in the garage for me to use this time.


Offline greenwall

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 05:37:40 pm »
Mcmaster Carr sells an assortment of rubber coated U-bolts. They have very accurate measurements for every single bolt they sell. I'm not sure they have metric in what you're looking for, but you could probably find a very close match that would work.

Offline OldRider

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 05:52:24 pm »
I put 5-6 rounds of thick tape around the bar.

Offline VRODE

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 06:04:51 pm »
I used some emergency tape (the silicon stuff that stretches).
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Offline steve68steve

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 06:30:20 pm »
I use a few wraps of bicycle inner tube.

Offline Cycledude

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 06:31:14 pm »
I switched from the u bolt to this about 5,000 miles ago and couldn't be happier with the results. Used it in place of the left front handlebar clamp bolt and for me it's the perfect mounting spot for my GPS.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAM-B-367U-Ram-Mounts-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Clamp-Base-with-M8-Screws/121800859349?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 10:04:04 pm by Cycledude »
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Offline Stef

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 06:43:50 pm »
Any decent hardware store will have different ID rubber tubing you could use to cover the u-bolt with.  Alternatively, I ditched that style mount and replaced them with RAM Torque mounts.

Offline Random_Rockfish

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 07:46:24 pm »
Any decent hardware store will have different ID rubber tubing you could use to cover the u-bolt with.  Alternatively, I ditched that style mount and replaced them with RAM Torque mounts.

Looks like the torque mount is more protective of the handlebar.

Offline Stef

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 08:02:24 pm »
The compression is more evenly distributed and it feels more secure.  I have 2 of them on my accessory bar and one on the handlebars.

FYI, GPS City is still having their 20% off sale on RAM hardware until tomorrow...   >:D

Offline Random_Rockfish

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 08:12:37 pm »
The compression is more evenly distributed and it feels more secure.  I have 2 of them on my accessory bar and one on the handlebars.

FYI, GPS City is still having their 20% off sale on RAM hardware until tomorrow...   >:D


Cool!  Thanks - I'm guessing I get the 1.125 to 1.5 in for my 2014.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 08:43:05 pm by Random_Rockfish »

Offline Stef

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 03:18:28 am »
Cool!  Thanks - I'm guessing I get the 1.125 to 1.5 in for my 2014.
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Offline Propsoto

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 06:46:08 am »
I switched from the u bolt to this about 5,000 miles ago and couldn't be happier with the results. Used it in place of the left front handlebar clamp bolt and for me it's the perfect mounting spot for my GPS.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAM-B-367U-Ram-Mounts-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Clamp-Base-with-M8-Screws/121800859349?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


These work great.  Had them on my KLR before the S10.  Since stiffening up the accessory bar, I just use it as intended.

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 08:54:12 am »
I used the rubber gasket from a hole plug, obtained at a local Menards.  It was in the miscellaneous hardware section, with the sliding cubbies.  The rubber does dampen most vibrations, and can still be adjusted up/down with enough pressure.
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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2017, 10:02:49 am »
I used the rubber gasket from a hole plug, obtained at a local Menards.  It was in the miscellaneous hardware section, with the sliding cubbies.  The rubber does dampen most vibrations, and can still be adjusted up/down with enough pressure.
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Offline RCinNC

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Re: Rubber cushion for handlebar Ram u-bolt?
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 10:50:40 am »
I've made several homemade mounts that use hardware store U-bolts.  To pad the U-bolt, I've used both Plasti-Dip (that stuff they sell to dip your tool handles in), and heat shrink tubing they make for electrical work.  The Plasti-Dip is easier but more expensive;  just dip it in the stuff and hang it to dry, and you have a nice tight protective coating.  The tubing works well, but depending on the radius of the U-bolt, you may have to cut the tubing into shorter sections so it will go around the curve of the bolt.  Once you shrink the tubing it won't make any difference that it's in sections. 

Both methods work well.  They pad the U-bolt so it doesn't scratch, and they increase the friction between the bolt and the handlebar so it doesn't slip.
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