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  • Installing Ape Bars on my FLHX

    I currently have a 2009 Street Glide with stock handle bars and I want to install a set of Ape bars at a height suitable to keep my arms horizontal. I suspect somewhere in the 13 inch height range. My question is has anyone had the pleasure of doing this on a later model FLHX and is it a pain or somewhat easy... I am more concerned with the electrical and the plumbing etc...

    Thx in advance for any info..
    Chris (Steveston)
    Herd # 93
    Retired Navy Vet

  • #2
    found this chris....seems like a good tutorial


    http://www.metricthunder.com/news/20...g-ape-hangers/
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    • #3
      Originally posted by toorglide View Post
      found this chris....seems like a good tutorial


      http://www.metricthunder.com/news/20...g-ape-hangers/
      Thanks a bunch Tidda... Most appreciated.
      Chris (Steveston)
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      • #4
        http://www.harley-davidson.com/gma/g...bmLocale=en_US

        Go fat and wire them internally.
        I put fat bars, not apes tho, in my RLHRC. I had the dealer do it, the only thing I didn't do myself. Supposedly you have to cut and splice some wires inside the nacelle. You definitely have to replace the throttle sensor on the TBW bikes.
        Last edited by WideOpen; 09-16-2010, 09:40 PM.

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        • #5
          $300 for apes...................yikes

          http://www.shopping.com/-ape+hanger

          http://motorcycle.motorcycle-superst...motorcycle/Ape

          shop around if you dont already have em, harley makes a great product but their after market products need to be a bit more competative with and realistic to after market goods
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          • #6
            Originally posted by steveston
            Hey Frank... Did you put Apes on your Glide??
            Not meaning to change topics but see my new post..
            I haven't yet. Been contemplating the idea but haven't decided. If I change them, it would be about the same height as yours.
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            2010 FLHX - Street Glide
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            • #7
              I have a set of apes that may be for sale soon....

              nevermind, won't work with a fairinged bike
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              • #8
                This job is very simple if you take your time. I've done several bars and I can tell ya, its easy. You will need to extend some wiring but they sell kits for that. You can purchase a TBW extension that is plug and play. At that height you will have to also purchase a new clutch cable and front brake line. If you're ABS, you'll need the expensive brake line that runs from the m/c to the ABS unit. The tank will have to come off for this. Then you'll probably want bar mount mirrors unless you like to look at your hands in the mirror. There are little things like removing the fairing, radio, and moving some wires.
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                • #9
                  Thanks a bunch Folks.... Unlike the old school bikes I have had, this could be too expensive.. I will contemplate whether the few extra inches will be worth the hassle and expense....
                  Chris (Steveston)
                  Herd # 93
                  Retired Navy Vet

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                  • #10
                    It will look good if you reconsider...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by steveston View Post
                      Thanks a bunch Folks.... Unlike the old school bikes I have had, this could be too expensive.. I will contemplate whether the few extra inches will be worth the hassle and expense....
                      Chris, an extra few inches is always worth the price.................
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CLL375 View Post
                        You will need to extend some wiring but they sell kits for that. You can purchase a TBW extension that is plug and play.
                        Not sure how much different this would be for a bike with a fairing but when i put the apes on my Fatboy all i used to extend the wires was extra wire and a good soldering iron + some good shrink tubing. It was a lot cheaper than the wiring harness. All total I spent $300 upgrading my bars and that included the bars, cables, and risers. It was alot easier than i thought it was going to be.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Geespot View Post
                          Chris, an extra few inches is always worth the price.................
                          George, You never cease to amaze me with your wit!!!
                          Chris (Steveston)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by doublej View Post
                            Not sure how much different this would be for a bike with a fairing but when i put the apes on my Fatboy all i used to extend the wires was extra wire and a good soldering iron + some good shrink tubing. It was a lot cheaper than the wiring harness. All total I spent $300 upgrading my bars and that included the bars, cables, and risers. It was alot easier than i thought it was going to be.
                            Thanks Josh.. I am shopping for the kit and I will make this a winter project.... I had apes on all my younger day bikes and enjoyed the feel....
                            Chris (Steveston)
                            Herd # 93
                            Retired Navy Vet

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                            • #15
                              This is my winter project.... I will be installing Baggernation monkey bars and plan on doing a step by step tutorial. Have to represent at Herdstock II.... just saying.

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