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I can tell you one thing from my experience. I went from stock throttle tube to an aluminum Uptite tube rolling on a bearing and it is WAY better. So smooth. The bearing is the smoothness factor on mine.
 

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One thing to consider before making your decision is how compatible it will be if you decide to run full handguards. I don't think full guards like my Zetas would work with most aluminum tubes with end bearings. I can't attest to all the combinations out there, just something to consider.
 

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i was unaware that dirtbike throttle tubes came with bearings... i must investigate... I am intrequed!

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Same, I am looking for a pair of bars and handguards, so this is probably my time to search for a better throttle tube, tbh I never really tought of it before. :headscrat
 

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well i do know that the aluminum tube i was looking at has a removable end for hand gaurds or bar ends! and it is compatible for the drz
 

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The alum. tubes with bearings..forget handguards. Won't work. They are smooth though.
A standard alum. tube without the bearings is not too much more than a plastic unit. And in the case of the DRZ, it makes grip changes much easier as the stock DRZ tube has the stock grip welded to it.
You will feel more vibes..not really annoying, unless you're sensitive to that to begin with. I prefer it as it gives a little more feedback.
The biggest advantage though, is in a crash the alum. tube is unlikely to break. Just the opposite with a plastic tube. That alone is usually worth the price of admission. A busted throttle tube cannot be rigged out on the trail.
 

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The alum. tubes with bearings..forget handguards. Won't work. They are smooth though.
A standard alum. tube without the bearings is not too much more than a plastic unit. And in the case of the DRZ, it makes grip changes much easier as the stock DRZ tube has the stock grip welded to it.
You will feel more vibes..not really annoying, unless you're sensitive to that to begin with. I prefer it as it gives a little more feedback.
The biggest advantage though, is in a crash the alum. tube is unlikely to break. Just the opposite with a plastic tube. That alone is usually worth the price of admission. A busted throttle tube cannot be rigged out on the trail.
Good point on the trail side fixes. If you are running full guards and manage to break a throttle tube, odds are you have bigger problems keeping you from riding home.
 

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I have the G2 tube on my 510 and like it a lot. It's aluminum, but instead of bearings, it uses delrin inserts. They fit snugly against the bar and still turn very smoothly. They also allow you to use full hand guards. I think I paid $60 for it.
 

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+2 on the G2 there sweet.
 

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As above, G2, QA 10% less turn, works for me. Bike went down onto tarmac the other day, no handguards, and throttle works perfectly still.
 
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