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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-25-2018, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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KST Straight Jacket Bars

Any Houston area riders have the 14” KST Straight Jacket Bars on a Rushmore RG? I like the dims on these bars and would like to put my hands on a set.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2019, 01:28 PM
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I just ordered these for my 18 RGU from RevZilla. They are supposed to arrive 01/11 (only 3 days from ordered to delivered), expect to install over the weekend. UPDATE, just slipped from Friday 1/11 to Monday 1/14, so I guess Ill be riding instead of installing this weekend.
Im planning on doing the install myself, I think I have it all figured out with youtube and comments here (not sure on the ignition switch removal or the trim piece removal that sounds easier, but no instructions found on how to do that trim (without breaking it, so Ill probably break it. LOL).
Dimensions looked good to me too and I thought getting Stainless Steel bars for $187 was worth a shot. RevZilla shows an easy return policy (if you dont like it, send it back) so it seems like a safe bet.

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If your talking about the trim below the ignition switch you can do it without breaking it. In the very center on the front there is a small plastic foot on the bottom that slides into the piece below. I have always had success turning the ignition to one side or the other, pushing trim at the very bottom toward the dash and lifting up. Install is opposite. Don't forget to turn on the bike and remove the main fuse while on or you will throw a bunch of codes.

I'm looking at these bars too, so pictures would be great!
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Thanks it turns out the trim removal was the easiest part of the job. I dont understand why anyone (as shown in most how to youtubes) would mess with removing the ignition switch.

Anyway, glad I did job myself, 3 hours start to finish (including a mid job beer break), Dealer quoted 8 hours, about $1000! and this was my first handlebar job.

As for the bars, I dont understand why KST cant put the alignment holes for the controls in, just adds more mods for me to do to the stock parts. So I had to dremel off the pins on both controls in addition to punching in the alignment pin at the center clamp (I expected the center pin).
As for 14" requiring no extensions, its true. I had lots of wire length, I did not have to remove or mess with the wire tray as shown in most youtubes. Im thinking I could do 16" without extensions if I removed the tray. The clutch and brake hydraulic cables just barely fit, but they did! No way they would make 16".

And the reason I say 16", the fit for me is not exactly what I was looking for with 14". It got my wrist angle correct (nice and straight), but they are not as high and close to me as I was looking for. Ill use them for a while, but my favorite bars on my Road King were 16", 39" wide, 9" pullback. These are 14", 34" wide and 6" pullback. So wrist angle good, but my arms need to be a couple inches longer to get in my relaxed position.

Oh and being stainless steel, they weigh half what the stock bars do. Not sure what that affects, but it was noticeable.

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As for the bars, I dont understand why KST cant put the alignment holes for the controls in, just adds more mods for me to do to the stock parts. So I had to dremel off the pins on both controls in addition to punching in the alignment pin at the center clamp (I expected the center pin).
Think about it this way. If you used the pins there would be no adjustability in the bars or the hand controls. I prefer no pins.

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Point well taken craigffb.

I was thinking that if the holes were there in a "reasonable spot," like Factory47 seems to do (and they seem to be a popular bar) then if they happen to be in the right place, no mods needed, if the holes are wrong, well then you can remove the pins.
But Im that half glass empty kind of guy (old crabby man) and had to find something I didnt like or I couldnt live with myself.
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