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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Really, 10 hours to install bars on my 100% stock 2012 RGU

That's what I was quoted by my local dealer. Plus, are you ready for this...the total price for 12" bars ($250), heated grips ($300), new cables ($300) + install = $1700. All I can say is REALLY?! It looks like it is time for some online research.

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That is freakin nuts... They are OVERPRICED on every part of that quote, and their labor is insane. Check out the DYI threads if your into that, or start looking for an indy you can work with.
My buddy just got a quote from an indy that was less than a grand for the install, including everything but the bars. (I don't know how that worked).

Keep lookin man, that price is crazy.

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All you need is Donks handlebar write up here on the forum, and tackle it yourself or with a buddy.
for 12" apes all wiring cables should work fine.

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+1 on Donks write up. I did my Bar change (Khrome Werks Stretch Heritage bars) grips (Well almost) They didnt fit so stocker went back on all in 3 hours.

Bars 2.5 hours with 30 min of breaks and a couple of beers with a forum member who helped me do the install.

If I am not mistaken you may not even need cable changes with 12" bars.

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I have installed two sets of bars on my RGU and can understand some of this.

The dealer (or indy) is protecting themselves from any unknowns. Most bars will fit with a minimum of hassle but without seeing the bars and the bends required there is no way (unless they have done them before) that they can guess the ins and outs of an install. The logic is that you will be a lot happier if the final bill is lower than they predicted rather than a lot more. I don't think there is a "flat rate manual" to install a set of bars on a motorcycle. It's always going to be a 'WAG'.

That being said, you will be a lot happier and satisfied with your purchase if you invest in a service manual and attack the job yourself. There would be a lot of money left over to get your favorite install fluid.

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Just did this job dealer was at 11 hours.
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For that price, I would pick up the bike, buy you breakfast, do the install, send you lunch, test ride it, fill it with gas, then bring it back to you and buy dinner, and I would still make a killing.

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My guess too is that alot of is CYA for those times when something goes wrong for the so-called "certified Harley technicians". Just a guess, but I'd bet a fairly large percentage of those guys are just as good at pinching wires as the average guy on the street, which means 3 months from now a bunch of the handlebar swap bikes come back with strange electrical issues.

And then there's just the "I don't want to do it, but if he'll pay enough I'll grin and bare it" jobs. If you're stupid enough to pay it, they'll do anything. I just got rid of a supervisor that I KNOW got screwed on a couple of those jobs, cuz he coulda screwed something up polishing the key fobs.

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My guess too is that alot of is CYA for those times when something goes wrong for the so-called "certified Harley technicians". Just a guess, but I'd bet a fairly large percentage of those guys are just as good at pinching wires as the average guy on the street, which means 3 months from now a bunch of the handlebar swap bikes come back with strange electrical issues.

And then there's just the "I don't want to do it, but if he'll pay enough I'll grin and bare it" jobs. If you're stupid enough to pay it, they'll do anything. I just got rid of a supervisor that I KNOW got screwed on a couple of those jobs, cuz he coulda screwed something up polishing the key fobs.
I wouldn't argue the validity of your post. BUT, I'll bet you dollars to donuts if they did it in say 5 hours, they would charge for 10.
A better way to handle custom install, be freakin honest and charge the the labor as appropriate. But I will also add that the parts pricing is over the top as well. This outfit is gouging the hell out the op. period. Just sayin.

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Took me 10 hours...first time doing them though.
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