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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yaffe OEM Monkey Bar install issues

Jeezus this has been a royal pain.

So I finally get the bike to the dealer today to get my 1st service, install J&M speakers and install my Monkey Bars.

Service and speakers, no problem. Bars.. big problem.

They call and say they can't get the wires to run due to the sharp angles of the bars and burrs at the welds. They shredded the sheaths of all the cables/wires trying for a couple hours. They say the bars are defective due to the amount of sharp burrs inside at each bend.

So I call Yaffe to see what's up. They say that they hear this fairly often, and when they get the bars back nothing is wrong, but the installer doesn't know all the "tricks" to doing it right. So they offer to call my dealer and walk them through it.

Apparently one of the tricks is to shrink wrap the wires which bunches them up more tightly, making them smaller and easier to push through. Dealer calls me and says no-go and due to how much they seem to be tearing everything up, they won't even install them. They fear that over time through use, the wires will be rubbing around inside and getting sliced, causing a liability issue for them later on.


So now I have to remove everything, wires and all, send them with the bars to Yaffe who have offered to wire everything for us, then ship them back to be clamped on. So now my bike will be down for who knows how long while we wait for all this stuff to ship back and forth, and the labor time.

What a PITA And it'll likely end up costing me a bit between shipping and Yaffe shop charges for the wiring. Luckily they also offered to reduce their rate just to help me out and get their bars on my bike. Yaffe has been awesome... my dealer, not so awesome.

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I put them on my last bike. The workmanship of the Yaffee monkey bars was awesome. Yes, it was a pain to push the wires through the 90 degree bends. Notice I say push, and not pull. I had to walk away a couple times, as I was having issues. Once I used heat shrink on the wires and pushed them through the bends, with a guide string to help the lead make the turn, all was good. The bundle needs to be stiff enough to push, but compliant enough to make the turn. The key is finding a mechanic that has successfully installed the Yaffee bars, or do it yourself. With a HD service book and some patience, it's something an average home mechanic can accomplish.
Sounds like Yaffee is going to get you up to sniff, but bummer on the down time. Seriously, think about performing your own upgrades. It here's nothing like the satisfaction of doing your own work, and you can save a bit of ching to boot.

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I typically prefer to do my own, but I knew this one was a bit too daunting. And if a 10 year HD tech can't do it, no way my dumb ass was going to...

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I LOVE my bars, yes a pain to install but way worth it,
As a certified tech with twenty years in the Business, I will tell you the Tech's problem......it was quoted at 3-4 hours and looked like it was gonna take more so he did not want to spend the time!!!
too many techs are not in it for the love of building cool stuff, and the motorcycle but rather the quick buck of flagging 60+ hours in a 40 hour week. take your time and do it yourself
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Common complaint with yaffee. Seems some are smooth as glass inside and some are full of needles. Sucks man.

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Thanks for the input everyone, I appreciate it. I wish I were more patient, and more mechanically inclined to have done this myself. But had I encountered the same issues, I would have ended up throwing wrenches through the walls of my garage, and wound up with a bike in pieces that couldn't be ridden to a shop to get fixed

While it SUCKS to know my bike could be off the road for as long as two weeks thanks to shipping times, I take solace in the fact that the install will be done properly, so when I do get it back, I will be able to enjoy the new bars worry-free.

Even though I didn't buy the bars direct from Yaffe (Eastern Performance had them for almost $50 less between price break and free shipping), they stepped up in a big way, and accommodated me. As a result, I bought more Yaffe product by way of the Scoowl. That will be on my bike until Chainsaw gets his much more wicked design manufactured....

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