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This IS NOT A Which Bars Thread :)

I'm just looking for solid information from someone who has installed 16" bars on their 2017 or 2018 Road Glide.

Is it necessary to buy the TBW extension, or is the factory wire long enough?

I'm getting conflicting information, but really want to be completely prepared for the installation.

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Pretty sure you will need it. As well as the other extensions. I also recommend changing the riser bushings since you're in there anyway for some poly ones for a more solid feel. The stock rubber ones will flex quite a bit for those tall bars.
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I'm just looking for solid information from someone who has installed 16" bars on their 2017 or 2018 Road Glide.



Is it necessary to buy the TBW extension, or is the factory wire long enough?



I'm getting conflicting information, but really want to be completely prepared for the installation.



Thanks.


I can tell you in about a week. I just ordered 16 factory 47s and the only thing I expect to have to do is install the 35 dollar harness extension


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I don't know about the TBW. When I did my 14" I did not need it. If I were doing the install again I would at least add the left side wire extensions, they are plug and play.

Factory 47 has a great install video on their website for 16" bars and a link for plug and play wire extensions.

Which bars are you going with?

Good luck, keep us in the loop!

We will of coarse need pics
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I appreciate the feedback guys. I ordered the Namz TBW Extension +8". That should cover me. I ordered from DK, so if I don't end up needing it I can always send it back.
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I don't know about the TBW. When I did my 14" I did not need it. If I were doing the install again I would at least add the left side wire extensions, they are plug and pay.

Factory 47 has a great install video on their website for 16" bars and a link for plug and play wire extensions.

Which bars are you going with?

Good luck, keep us in the loop!

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Hey MM, went a more budget friendly route this time. I was going to order another set of 16" Phatty Blazed bars from FMB, and I started talking to David Burrill and asked him if he could reduce the drop angle from the tips of the bars down to the controls. His original design uses a 45 degree cut and that really puts the hydraulic cylinders at a super steep angle. The hydraulic systems are impossible to service without removing the master cylinders and holding them upright to fill. Then, when they are properly filled I never could get mine to stop seeping on the 2015. I even installed brand new seals and they still seeped. I'm guessing it's because the fluid is always puddled at the low end. I thought I'd be clever and just pull out some fluid and run them a little below full. But that ended up in my hydraulic lines sucking air whenever I turned the bars or leaned hard into a turn. At any rate, David offered to cut some new bars at a 40 degree angle, telling me that he had done some like that for other customers before. I asked him if he would mind cutting mine at a 30 degree angle and he got short with me. Told me he was too busy to go experimenting and wasting metal. I told him that I would take them at the 40 degree drop and sent him an email to place the order, which he never responded to. In the end I blew him off and started looking for another solution. In the end I wasn't real happy with him because I was one of the few customers that ordered the Phatty Blazed bars and even allowed him to use photos of my bike on his website to show the bars installed. In retrospect, the quality of the FMB bars wasn't that great to begin with. The coating was good, but there were a couple of tooling marks on the uprights and the inside of the tubes were pretty bad.

Then I started talking with Joe Vindikta. Great great guy by the way. I told him that I wanted 16" Marauder bars, but he said that he didn't make them in 16s because the tip to tip width of the bars was too wide. He offered to fab a custom set of bars that looked like the Marauders, but used similar bend and radius of his Wild Cat bars. I was all onboard with that idea, but the week he was going to start experimenting he got slammed with production orders and would have to delay my fab until the end of this riding season and then another 2-3 weeks for the gloss back powder coat.

I know this has turned into a long long long....................... reply. Sorry about that. So about your question on the bars I ended up with;

I ordered a set of 16" Hell Bent style bars from JSR Customs. Couldn't beat the price and Jim was very quick and responsive to my questions and even a last minute change to my order (changed from 14s to 16s). He had my order out the door in seven days and I'm expecting the bars to arrive next Tuesday. There are a few other guys here at Roadglide.org that are running his bars and have had nothing but good things to say about them. I'm hoping for the same luck. He claims that they torch wash the welds and that the inside of his bars are snag free. We will see.
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Those look awesome, can't,wait to see them installed!

I like the bend at the base, kinda reminds me of whities bars.
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Supposed to deliver via FedEx tomorrow but will probably be Monday. I'm going to get them installed while I'm off for the 4th.
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You will need to extend them. I just tried on my buddy's. Factory 47 does sell the extensions. As for the brake/clutch lines...you have to cut some zip ties and release them from the wire caddy underneath the tank. And even then its still tight as you go from lock-to-lock....12" works perfect, but since you are going 16, its gonna be tight.

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