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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for 14" apes 2017 RGS

Hello all,

This is my first post. I'm glad to be part of the group.

I am looking to add tall apes (no higher than 14") to my 2017 RGS, and I am looking for recommendations on bars that do not require modifications to the bike or require cabling/wiring work.

I have looked at the Chizeled 14" apes from HD, but the dealership said I needed brake/clutch cabling (not a big fan of bleeding ABS systems).

I also looked at KST Kustom bars, but they require knocking down the index pin in the bar clamp and grinding down tabs on the control clamps.

I was looking at Factory47, and their 14" apes say I don't need to mod the cables, but the pin will have to be knocked down (same bar for CVO/Ultra as the Road Glide).

Any suggestions/experiences that you could share would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 04:26 PM
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Factory 47s... 1.5" bars are way better looking and easier to run wires... 2 hours and I was done...I run my bars inline with forks and didnt have to remove the pin from the riser clamp.

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Factory 47s... 1.5" bars are way better looking and easier to run wires... 2 hours and I was done...I run my bars inline with forks and didnt have to remove the pin from the riser clamp.

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Yep. Another vote for Factory 47s. And tapping the pin in takes about 3 taps with a 3/8s ratchet. And like Spazz said. Run your bars online with the forks.
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Factory 47s... 1.5" bars are way better looking and easier to run wires... 2 hours and I was done...I run my bars inline with forks and didnt have to remove the pin from the riser clamp.

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Yep. Another vote for Factory 47s. And tapping the pin in takes about 3 taps with a 3/8s ratchet. And like Spazz said. Run your bars online with the forks.
Plus one on the above ^^^^^^. The last set I put on I bought the 12" extensions from guerilla wires on the f47 sight. Not needed but made for a little cleaner install $30.00, plug n play.

Good luck, let us know what you decide.

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On my last 15 roadglide and my current 17 roadglide ultra I installed the KST Kustoms 14" Outlaw bars. I really like themended up not needing any wire extensions at all as well as no clutch/brake lines. Good looking bars and for me they are very comfortable.
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Carlini Design...the BEST bars on the planet. Bar none. Of course, Iím biased and run Menace apes on my CVOs.

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Just installed 12in Factory 47 signatures 2 days ago. Agreed with above post that the 1.5in bars are much easier to run wires. Little rag with WD40 slicking up the heat wrap helps tremendously. Plus the beefier bars look more natural with the bike/forks imo. I’m very pleased. They say 14in will reach but it will be tight. The clutch is zip tied in a couple places behind the wiring under the riser. Cut those and it will give you more to work with. Break side was no problem. Pretty easy installation and there are videos via their website as well as YouTube diy vids. F47 also provides a more adjustable safety pin hole in the bars that allows you to adjust them a bit more to your liking. Not a ton obviously but enough to matter. I found that lined up with the forks was not only better looking but perfect distance for comfort.
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I found the vindicated/factory 47 bars to be too wide and still too much pullback. I got a set of road 6 customs 13 inch bars and love em. Donít be afraid to pull the pin on the riser and most bars you donít have to grind off the pins on the clamp.

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I found the vindicated/factory 47 bars to be too wide and still too much pullback. I got a set of road 6 customs 13 inch bars and love em. Don’t be afraid to pull the pin on the riser and most bars you don’t have to grind off the pins on the clamp.
+1... Love my Road 6 Customs. My Mustang seat also sets me down and back about 1.5" so its like having 14" bars

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