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Thread: 12" Apes on the Nightster

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    Cool 12" Apes on the Nightster

    Here's the thing about the nightster stock bars. They were mid bars. It couldn't figure out if it wanted to be drag bars or little apes.



    It always put you in a slight lean forward position as seen here.


    So let's get it going



    Directo comparo


    Can you really "ride with no handlebars"?



    Mocked up and half together



    Now I got all of this second hand. The bars. The stock wires were no problem after a slight re route. The clutch cable and throttle cables were tight and I already knew I would have to replace the stupid half hose/half metal tube brake line. So the stuff I got from my buddy are the nice black breaded lines & cables. I decide even though the stock black vynal stuff may work, let's make it match...

    Throttle cables require to rise the tank again... easy to do.


    Pull the air cleaner to get better access


    Install the new t-cables



    Put in the new clutch cable, which is always a bit irritating. But easily do-able. Tighten up the t-cables


    Re-install and adjust her windshield (which I dont use)



    I rode it for a few days last week and while my brother in law is right. As I said earlier, it was before "in between". Now I took it more cruiser. BIL would have preferred drag bars and believes this took the sporty out of the sportster. Who knows... it's still fast!

    What do you think?

    Soon to come...
    Tank rise kit
    lots of powder and ceramic
    springer seat
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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    Love em..I think it's a perfect fit...

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    i've been trying to decide if i want to ditch my mini 10" apes and go with drag bars. Looks good!

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    Thumbs up

    Yup Yup
    Trainguy

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    now you just need to slam the rear
    Formerly known as Rugby66x


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    Quote Originally Posted by rugby66x View Post
    now you just need to slam the rear
    Now that is funny! It's already dropped 2" and bottoms out all the time. It isn't going anywhere!

    I really think the upcoming mods will really play into the look. But those will be a winter project...
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
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    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
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    i really like the apes though and once i switched to them ill never go back....and when i get the street glide next year its the first mod im doing to it.
    Formerly known as Rugby66x


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    I hear ya Rugby... but I'm un-sold on apes behind the bat wing. They are cool but don't look as cool. The whole point in the fairing flares to the sides is to cover your hands... you essentially are going around that.
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    Yeah, once you get the Glide you'll probably rethink.


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    Quote Originally Posted by telecast View Post
    Yeah, once you get the Glide you'll probably rethink.
    Now a road king... apes all the way IMO
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
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    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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