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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-09-2019, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Well I finally pulled the trigger and picked up some Factory 47 Signature 14” bars. Being from Colorado, I’m going to buy some heated grips and do it all at the same time. My question is, what is a reasonable price for a shop to install these? I’ve seen Harley quote $1,000+ to install handlebars. For that price I’m willing to try to do it myself. I’m just curious about other people’s experience on this.
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You need to call around. I did mine myself, but the prices I found around me were 800 and up plus the cost of the bars. And that was several years ago.


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If You have the time as well as the mechanical ability I would recommend You do the install Yourself and save the labor cash for other modifications.
The F47 Handlebars are fairly easy to wire and F47 has videos, on the install, that are very helpful.
If, by chance, You are unable to do them Yourself I would check all the local motorcycle shops and dealers and request a quote and also check their reviews to see who is the best.
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Depends on the dealer/shop. Like Kermie said, call around and get a price range. My dealership sucks and won't allow anyone to bring in any parts–everything has to be purchased through them and just what they carry. Even at that, they quoted a friend at $800 PLUS cost of bars and said it was mandatory for all new lines/extensions for 12" bars. Bullshit. He ended up driving across the state to our next closest dealer and was at least able to take the bars he purchased there. Still cost him around $700-800 I think, but at least he got to use the bars he wanted and didn't buy line extensions.

I've heard of guys getting bars done from $500-1000, depending on what bars and materials needed. I would seriously consider watching tons of videos and reading F47 instructions a few times, then attempting it yourself. Take your time and have a friend there as another set of eyes. Yeah, it's a bit intimidating at first, but take it one step at a time and go slow. Don't do it when you know you have a ride or trip coming up.


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try to start a relationship with a dealer service rep or an independent in the area.

buddy of mine got a quote over the phone from a local dealer for free labor on tire replacement.
after they had the wheels off they told him it would be an additional $300 to replace bearings, too.

if they want to, they're gonna get you, there's not a lot you can do about it.
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Thanks All! I appreciate the feedback. I think I’m going to wait until December and try to do it on my own.
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In my experiance, some bars go on easy, and some go on like they were made to be farm implements.

With aftermarket bars, I'm actually surprised a dealer will actually give you a quote. That's a job that really deserves to be time and materials.
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Its really not a difficult install on the Rushmore and M8 models. It can be done in a few hours at the most and if you decide to do this. Be sure you pull the main fuse so you dont have to clear all the codes when done.
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In my experiance, some bars go on easy, and some go on like they were made to be farm implements.

With aftermarket bars, I'm actually surprised a dealer will actually give you a quote. That's a job that really deserves to be time and materials.
They're quoting 10 hours. They've covered T&M for 4 other handle bar installs. It's a fucking joke they do that.

I do them on a RG in 90 minutes. Done! The fact they charge 10 hours?!?!

When my 16 was in getting the rims over the winter I told them I'd let them do my bars if they did them for 2 hours labor. Or I'd do it myself They did. I just wanted them on. Didnt want to wait. And 2 hours is reasonable. I think they hit me 2.5. But 9 or 10? Ya. #Gofuckyou
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Good that you are going to give it a try. Plenty of people on here to contact for help, reach out before you start to get your questions answered. I have done 3 sets, the last with heated grips and they are plug and play on the RGS.

I am assuming you have a rushmore RG? 2 or 3 hours or maybe more will be a small price to pay for the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
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