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Handle bar instalation riser bushains on a 1970 flh

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The handlebar riser bushings are made of rubber sandwiched between to metal tubes. They are a loose press fit in the upper triple tree. Measure the depth of the old bushings, drive them out, and then drive the new ones in. If you don't want to go that route, you can get "change over" kits to change them to more like the later model bushings or to solid bushings that have no give at all. Check with a V-Twin dealer for the parts you need.

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