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I was thinking about ordering some Oberon heavy bar ends to reduce vibrations in the handlebars but these questions arose:

1) What version do i need? They have a model for 1" and a model for 7/8"
2) Should i get the steel ones that weigh almost 500gr, or do i take the billet aluminium ones that weigh about 200gr? Oberon states the vibration reduction comes from the expanding collar and not the weight itself, so i ask because there is a substantial price difference

I know the motovation ones are very good, but importing them from the US is just downright expensive.
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You'll never be happy with 'lightweight' bar ends...........go for the heavy ones every time!
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ok makes sense, what diameter should i order?
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The handelbars on my Brutale 1078rr are 22mm (7/8") in diameter (outside) at their ends and have an internal diameter (at their ends) of 17mm.

Looking at the expanding collet size range of 12-19mm for the 7/8" oberon bar ends (22mm for the 1'' bar ends) it would seem you need to order the 7/8" bar ends for your bike.
http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/...d_Weights.html

Just to be 100% certain..pull out your OEM bar end and measure the diameter of the hole in your handelbars to see if it complies with what they (Oberon) offer.
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Hmm, i just noticed the stainless steel ones are not available in a color variety which is gonna look plain ugly :/

would it be a viable plan to simply paint them ?

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Paint doesn't want to 'stick' to stainless steel really well and you'll probably find it 'chips' quite easily.
If you really want to paint them you'll be needing to give them a little 'sand' with some 180 - 240 grit 'wet 'n' dry' paper.
This will give a little 'key' prior to primer and then paint.

Personally I'd not paint them as I think the natural stainless steel would look fine.., if you are happy with the design and shape of them.

I've quite a bit of experience making Bar ends and there are many of my threads here on the forum.

I tend to use brass and let the natural beauty of the metal complement the bike..,and although brass wants to 'tarnish' I never clear coat preferring to 'stay on top of it' with a little metal polish as part if my bike cleaning routine.
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Hmm, i just noticed the stainless steel ones are not available in a color variety which is gonna look plain ugly :/

would it be a viable plan to simply paint them ?
As mentioned painting them won't hold up long term. There is always the option of powder coating. Aluminum ones come in multiple colors since you can easily anodize aluminum but that is not the case with steel.
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I took contact with Oberon. They told me that even with the lower weight, most of their customers find the lighter aluminium ones to absorb more vibration than the stainless steel ones, which is the reason they don't offer any options on them anymore.

The explanation was that aluminium is a material that easier absorbs vibrations, reducing them in the handlebar. Steel on the other hand is more solid, amplifying the vibrations but increasing tip in speed on bikes.

I'll try a set of billet ones, as they offered me a "refund if not happy" warranty on them.
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