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JSR Customs 16" Bar Installation

Finally finished audio and bar upgrades on the 2018 over the long July 4th holiday weekend. I'm really pleased with Jim's bars. Even though he only offers 1 1/4" bars, the wire pull was one of the easiest I've done, almost as easy as regular sweepers (like Road6Customs standard apes). There wasn't a single snag or burred edge inside of the JSR bars and all of my wire looms pulled through with zero damage to the sheathing or the wire. I did cut the OEM tube sheathing off the TBW and tightly taped the wires instead, and used the NAMZ switch wire replacements (all one piece, no extensions). I couldn't get the TBW and the right hand switch wires to pull through at the same time, so I did the TBW first and then pulled the switch wires after. At any rate, I'm very happy with the quality of the JSR bars. The gloss black finish was as nice as Harley powder coating and there weren't any tool or fab marks on the tubing itself. As a bonus, fab, coating and shipped to my door was 9 days total. For the price the JSR bars that I bought were a great value and the quality received was far beyond the price paid.

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Wevsspot, really like the new bars! Lookin good that killer new red scoot!! That red in the sun has some serious pop!

Looks like you are enjoying that new m8!


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It's a labor of love right?

I've got to get some sweat equity into any of them to fall in love and let me tell you there was plenty of sweat between July 4th and July 7th I'll be sore for at least a week.

She goes into the dealer this afternoon for the Rinehart Slimline duals, Rinehart 4" mufflers, intake upgrade and PV flash tune. But she is finally starting to feel like she belongs to me.

A few words of advice for anyone contemplating 16" bars on the 2018.

1. I installed +6" Magnum Shielding clutch and brake lines. In reality I would have been fine with +4" lines. There is a little bit more slop in my brake and clutch lines than I like, and there isn't any real good place to hide that.

2. I asked a question in another thread about needing to extend the TBW wires. A couple of responses indicated that I would, but at least in my case there was more than enough of the stock TBW wire, so no extension was really needed. The one I bought "just in case" is packed up and ready to return, but I'm contemplating holding onto it since it's already paid for.

3. When extending the hydraulic clutch line, attach at the clutch actuator first and work the routing up to the bars. That's the way I did it on the 2015, but getting the banjo fitting through the tight spaces was a pain so I thought I'd get cute this time and work from the bars down. That was a mistake, as when I got down to the clutch actuator, the slight bend in the tube to clear the transmission cover was 180 degrees in the wrong direction. I had already routed the clutch line into the caddys, zip tied everything down and even put the instrument housing back in. I liked to have never got that line to twist and bend in the proper direction to fit correctly under the transmission cover and the rubber dust boot. I ended up clipping all the zip ties and freed the line as much as I could. With generous amounts of coaxing and force I was able to get the line properly oriented. I'm just hoping that doesn't cause me any long term issues with damage to the hydraulic line, kinking, breaking leaking or the likes.


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Bars look great! Jim at JSR is good to work with. I had him custom make a set for me. No issues at all. And for a price cheaper than others production bars.

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Those bars look good on your red sled. Looking at the JSR bars over the KST. Just trying to decide between 14" & 16"


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Those bars look great on that deep red bike. If i ever paint my bike, that will be the color i would want.
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Those bars look good on your red sled. Looking at the JSR bars over the KST. Just trying to decide between 14" & 16"
I don't think you can go wrong either way. Everyone I've ever talked to about KST bars had good things to say and their customer service is top notch. I went with JSR on a wing and a prayer and I couldn't be happier.


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Looks great! Cool thing is that I have the same red '18 so I can see what they would look like on mine! LOL
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