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Guys,

I was able to use an alternate highway bar for my 2007 Vulcan 500 and wanted to share with others if they are interested and wanted to consider an alternate to the standard (small) highway bar. Also wanted to get some feedback from others who already have their standard or non standard highway bars.

I got the "Durable Chrome Engine Guard Crash Bar For Suzuki C50 M50 05-10 VL800 01-10" from ebay for $43 dollars. They fit perfectly on the top where the horn and the ignition bolts are located. For the bottom, I bought a highway foot peg clamps for $27 (amazon). I had to replace the bolts on the top with slightly longer bolts and get bolts and nuts for the bottom. Took me 30 minutes to fix and I think it looks great. I rode with it and did not see any issues with using the brakes, gears etc. I did not have any issues with clearance as well during my short ride today. I am hoping to take it out for longer rides and see if I have any clearance issues. Based on what I see from the installation, I don't think I would have any.

ebay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/292065692041
Amazon link for foot peg clamps: [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M3NN8CM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]

Instead of the foot peg clamps, you can choose to use u clamps and angle brackets. It might be cheaper but I have not try that as this seemed to be an easier option. I would also use some rubber washers next time if I ever take it out to replace anything. Looking at the pictures, I think I may have installed it upside down. Not sure.

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1. If you have highway bars installed, can you guys give me how much clearance you have?
2. The highway bar is sturdy and I was able to install it easily, No rattling when riding and is attached well. I would like to share some pictures, but not able to upload anything over 100 KB. How to share so I can get some feedback on how it looks?

EDIT: Adding links to pictures. Hope it works.

https://pix.sfly.com/syU-fq
https://pix.sfly.com/ijEAva
https://pix.sfly.com/Hwog84
https://pix.sfly.com/HK8-9q
https://pix.sfly.com/0e6BaB
https://pix.sfly.com/RRNWQB
https://pix.sfly.com/6A2arH
https://pix.sfly.com/XwAcK8
 

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My bars measure 11" off the ground at center line of bike, and at the low point when the bike is leaning on the stand. The high side measures 15.5" when bike is on stand. Having a continuous bar across the top may be stronger, but predicting is difficult. The purpose is to protect rider and bike when you lay it down (at velocity or at stop sign). Anything that reduces damage is worthwhile in my book. Congratulations on your innovations and adaptation.
 

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Thanks for sharing the info--I've been on the lookout for something like this since I bought my 500. Looks great on your bike, if a little on the big side. Does it affect your lean angle at all? Do the pegs still scrape first?
 

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Guys,

I was able to use an alternate highway bar for my 2007 Vulcan 500 and wanted to share with others if they are interested and wanted to consider an alternate to the standard (small) highway bar. Also wanted to get some feedback from others who already have their standard or non standard highway bars.

I got the "Durable Chrome Engine Guard Crash Bar For Suzuki C50 M50 05-10 VL800 01-10" from ebay for $43 dollars. They fit perfectly on the top where the horn and the ignition bolts are located. For the bottom, I bought a highway foot peg clamps for $27 (amazon). I had to replace the bolts on the top with slightly longer bolts and get bolts and nuts for the bottom. Took me 30 minutes to fix and I think it looks great. I rode with it and did not see any issues with using the brakes, gears etc. I did not have any issues with clearance as well during my short ride today. I am hoping to take it out for longer rides and see if I have any clearance issues. Based on what I see from the installation, I don't think I would have any.

ebay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/292065692041
Amazon link for foot peg clamps: [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M3NN8CM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]

Instead of the foot peg clamps, you can choose to use u clamps and angle brackets. It might be cheaper but I have not try that as this seemed to be an easier option. I would also use some rubber washers next time if I ever take it out to replace anything. Looking at the pictures, I think I may have installed it upside down. Not sure.

Need feedback on
1. If you have highway bars installed, can you guys give me how much clearance you have?
2. The highway bar is sturdy and I was able to install it easily, No rattling when riding and is attached well. I would like to share some pictures, but not able to upload anything over 100 KB. How to share so I can get some feedback on how it looks?

EDIT: Adding links to pictures. Hope it works.

https://pix.sfly.com/syU-fq
https://pix.sfly.com/ijEAva
https://pix.sfly.com/Hwog84
https://pix.sfly.com/HK8-9q
https://pix.sfly.com/0e6BaB
https://pix.sfly.com/RRNWQB
https://pix.sfly.com/6A2arH
https://pix.sfly.com/XwAcK8
I was wondering how the crash bar worked out for you. It looks a great fix for the small one that's out there.. I looked over the pictures and it looks like it only took about 2 hours to install, Thanks for the response if you get notified
Thanks dinos735
 

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I just ordered the crash bars off of the eBay link, none of your pictures are allowed for me too view them, can you send them to me directly? I will post what I did and picture of it being installed once the crash bar comes in. Very excited!!!! Been looking for crash bar/engine guard for two years now!
 
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