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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Dealer fitting aftermarket bars

Has anyone had a dealer willing to install aftermarket bars on a new bike sale? Just curious.....I'm gonna be spending $$$$$$$$ and I don't think it's a big ask as I am paying for a color-matched inner fairing too...and almost certainly the black H-D clocks from the P&A book on a RG standard. So while the tech is in the area, ''why not install these KST 10in Outlaws for me?''

None of the H-D bars ring my bell. Too tall, wrong curves, wrong lines.

Any experiences, or is this a ''voiding warranty, sir'' no-no?

(I've got 25+ years riding, spannering and installing bars on older Harleys and never usually go near dealerships, so this is kinda new territory for me)

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Depends on what kind of bars in my experience. If you're going with something like Yaffe Monkey Bars, they're notoriously hard to fish the cables through, so I've seen quoted of up to 12 hours here in the U. S. It's not one of their favourite tasks, but a reasonable estimate would be 2 to 4 hours I'd think for the Outlaws. Shouldn't void the warranty.
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Dealer fitting aftermarket bars

Honestly do it yourself; not that hard of a task.

I would focus most on factory branded accessories you may be interested in.


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My dealer wants 9 hours to do bars. It takes less than 2. Only reason I had my dealer do mine was I shamed them into only charging me 2 because it was stored there for the winter and they know I used to have my own shop. So they did it. They charged my buddy who's a salesman there 7 hours ro do his.


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Thanks.....wow being charged 7-9-10+ hours to change bars is shocking....I hear what you are all saying. LOL I'll do it myself.
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I too was quoted 12 hours and the dealer I bought the bike at said they'd give me a deal and charge me 10 hours! The one dealer insisted I needed to take off the fairing and add extension cables and wiring on 12" bars, I just shook my head and left. I'm just doing it myself, every video looks fairly straight forward and a buddy has done it a few times on his bikes. He had Yaffe bars but said they trashed his wires after some time in there and were a bitch to do. I'm adding KST 10 or 12" Renegades or a set from Todd cycles, not sure yet. One trick I've seen is if you get a set of good bars that have no burrs, you can take the black wire wrap off and the wires go right through.

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Dealer did mine, took them 3 hrs, had a few other things done that made the labor take a bit longer, if they are quoting 9 hrs its got to be a mistake


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Dealer did mine, took them 3 hrs, had a few other things done that made the labor take a bit longer, if they are quoting 9 hrs its got to be a mistake
What was funny is the parts guy who I was working with said (after we were out of ears shot from the service dept.) yeah that's like a 2-4 hour job

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What was funny is the parts guy who I was working with said (after we were out of ears shot from the service dept.) yeah that's like a 2-4 hour job
If you have done any older bikes handle bars before with running wires internal you can certainly do it on a Rushmore bike. 2-4 hours is absolutely a good starting estimate with the 4hrs being if you take your time and keep going back to watch a few videos while doing it and the bars are meathook style. A seasoned tech can do that job in less than 2hrs easily. I'm actually surprised that there are dealers out there still trying to charge over 4-5 hours for a bar swap on a Rushmore bike. I have heard of several that have been quoting a more realistic time.

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If you have done any older bikes handle bars before with running wires internal you can certainly do it on a Rushmore bike. 2-4 hours is absolutely a good starting estimate with the 4hrs being if you take your time and keep going back to watch a few videos while doing it and the bars are meathook style. A seasoned tech can do that job in less than 2hrs easily. I'm actually surprised that there are dealers out there still trying to charge over 4-5 hours for a bar swap on a Rushmore bike. I have heard of several that have been quoting a more realistic time.


First time doing bars, taking my time removal took 1 hour including removal of wires. Wiring took 30 minutes(taking my time), and install took another hour, took longer to adjust the clamps and bars.





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