I'm gonna be really broke now...(Harley-Davidson Project)

Kwik_Cutty88

Kwik_Cutty88

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Some more media on my new exhaust.

I also just ordered 10" 1.25" diameter Mini Apes, Polyurethane riser bushings, and a 1 piece riser clamp. I found this cool company called Venhill that sells "build your own" clutch and throttle cables, so I'll probably be ordering those as well. That way I can route the cables whatever way I want and really dial in the perfect length.


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B's 87mcss

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Kinda partial to BAGGAH myself, Love the story, true Bike guy. 7 degrees and foot of snow on the ground here, gonna be a while before my baby sees pavement.
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Kinda partial to BAGGAH myself, Love the story, true Bike guy. 7 degrees and foot of snow on the ground here, gonna be a while before my baby sees pavement.
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We’re lucky living in the south, we get to ride every month of the year!
 
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So I ran into a little snag with the handlebars...

I settled on Khrome Werks 1.25” Diameter 10” Bobber Apes.

I got these bars open box, so I was ok with taking a gamble on fitment. Khrome Werks says they fit the following models:

2007-2017 Fat Boy
2008-2017 Fat Bob
2010-2017 Wide Glide
2013-2017 Breakout.

I figured the reason these wouldn’t fit any other bikes was because of 1.25” risers. Anyway, I took the gamble, mocked everything up, and realized that the brake master cylinder doesn't fit.

Because these are 1.25” bars, there is a “flat” in the tubing that allows the brake master cylinder reservoir to clear the handlebars. What I didn't realize is that the location of these is different. When I tried to mock up the master cylinder, it will not sit flush on the handlebars. Upon closer inspection, it looks like the flats on the handlebars are in different locations.

Here are the new handlebars. Notice the location of the flat is pretty much straight up and down.

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And here it is on my old handlebars.

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So now I kinda backed myself into a corner. The bars were open box-no returns. The risers are already opened, I’m sure I can still return them, but I’ll take a hit on a brand new part.

I know what you’re thinking. “Don’t be cheap! Just sell the handlebars and other parts and find something different!” Well that’s just the problem, I chose these bars specifically for these measurements, and after mocking everything up and giving it a test sit, I actually like the way they feel.

I’m thinking of trying to find a used 2008 Fat Bob master cylinder. I can’t see why this wouldn’t interchange. Dual disk front brakes, 11/16” bore, and should work with my new handlebars.
 
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Its all buttoned up! Took it for a short 20 mile ride today, just to make sure nothing loosened up and I wouldn't have any issues. For those who haven't been following, here are the changes:

Khrome Werks 1.25" Diameter 10" Bobber Apes
LA Choppers 1.25" Riser Clamp
Alloy Art Polyurethane Riser Bushings
Drag Specialties Master Cylinder for 1.25" Bars
Barnett High Efficiency Clutch Cable (stock length)
Barnett Throttle Cables (stock length)
Drag Specialties Front Brake Line Set (Stock Length)
Harley-Davidson Dot 5 Brake Fluid
Harley-Davidson Forumula+ Transmission Fluid
Extended Turn Signal Switch Caps
Adjusted Shifter Pawl
Gas tank paint touch up

So far I'm happy with the way it looks. A little too early to tell how comfortable the bars will be, but I think I'll like them. The bike already feels more nimble and manageable for a guy my size (5'3" ~150lbs).

I still have that "ape hanger" look, but more comfortable. The 1.25" bars really accentuate the fat look of the bike.








The cables and lines came out really clean, I'm super happy with the fit. In my opinon there is nothing that makes a bike look more cluttered and messy than super long cables that don't have the proper routing.








I think they look pretty good with the windshield off, also.



The paint touch up didn't come out perfect, but I wasn't expecting too much. The paint was rubbed off in two spots about the size of a quarter, total, right down to the primer. The color match is great though!



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DRIVEN

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I really like that bike. Nice job.
 
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