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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 2013 FLTRU with stock handlebars. I feel like I am always locking my elbows when I ride, and that is not comfortable. I pulled the bars back as far as I can, and still have the same issue.

My fiancee got me the HD Mini Apes for Christmas. The problem is, I am a rider and not much of a mechanic. I know I need to extend the cables and wiring, but I am not sure exactly what I need. The bike has ABS brakes, as apparently that does make a difference.

Does anyone have any suggestions on exactly what I need, and where to get it without taking out another loan? The dealer gave me a list of parts, and that along with the labor, will come to well over $600 to $700 get them put on. I really don't have that kind of money to spend at this time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm going through this with my 13 FLTRU. I went from the stock bars to Heritage bars to KhromeWerks Stretch Heritage bars, now I'm going to some 14" apes. I'm 5'10" tall with a 29" inseam. For the Stretch Heritage bars, you can use the stock wires, brake line and clutch cable (the clutch cable and brake line will need to be rerouted), but could be done at a local Indy shop or dealer for a couple hours of labor. The 14" bars require wire extensions as well as longer brake line and clutch cable and is significantly more $$ intensive. (BTW, I'm selling my Stretch Heritage bars, pm me if interested). You could go as high as 12" bars and use the stock wires and cable/brake lines...


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I have a 2013 FLTRU with stock handlebars. I feel like I am always locking my elbows when I ride, and that is not comfortable. I pulled the bars back as far as I can, and still have the same issue.

My fiancee got me the HD Mini Apes for Christmas. The problem is, I am a rider and not much of a mechanic. I know I need to extend the cables and wiring, but I am not sure exactly what I need. The bike has ABS brakes, as apparently that does make a difference.

Does anyone have any suggestions on exactly what I need, and where to get it without taking out another loan? The dealer gave me a list of parts, and that along with the labor, will come to well over $600 to $700 get them put on. I really don't have that kind of money to spend at this time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If you are talking about the chizeled lows bars you do not need cables. I just had them installed no TBW or cables needed.
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I'm going through this with my 13 FLTRU. I went from the stock bars to Heritage bars to KhromeWerks Stretch Heritage bars, now I'm going to some 14" apes. I'm 5'10" tall with a 29" inseam. For the Stretch Heritage bars, you can use the stock wires, brake line and clutch cable (the clutch cable and brake line will need to be rerouted), but could be done at a local Indy shop or dealer for a couple hours of labor. The 14" bars require wire extensions as well as longer brake line and clutch cable and is significantly more $$ intensive. (BTW, I'm selling my Stretch Heritage bars, pm me if interested). You could go as high as 12" bars and use the stock wires and cable/brake lines...


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Thanks for the offer, but I have what Harley calls Mini Apes already. I believe they are 12" or a little less. Not that much taller than the stock bars it appears. The dealer gave me a list of "required parts" that blew my mind. And their labor rate is now $90/hour, up from $80 last year. I believe they quoted 6 to 8 hours for labor. I may have forgotten since I think I may have passed out after that.
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Makes me wonder why the dealer thinks I need all those extra parts then...
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I would go to the dealer and ask to speak to the most seasoned tech they have. The "book" says you need all those parts and that is how they make their money. They tried to do that to me also. Spoke to the tech who does the install. He said no need for cables. They did charge 4 hrs labor. That is a bit much but again the "book" says 4 hrs without cables. If they do not let you talk to the tech I would go to another dealer. Just my 2 cents.
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