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View Poll Results: $1300 to install mini apes at HD Dealer, Would you...
Pay the $1300 + $69.95 for the mini apes 4 0.92%
Buy the apes yourself and have them installed elsewhere 30 6.93%
Think about it abit 7 1.62%
Forget it because they're not necessary 33 7.62%
Buy the apes and cables and do it myself 359 82.91%
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I'm gonna throw out there that I was able to install my new bars myself in about 30 minutes without changing any cables or lines. I did have to adjust the route my front brake line runs, but that was just removing one of the mounting clamps and adjusting the other. I also slightly straightened the banjo bolt that connects to the reservoir. You may actually need a new brake line for the Mini Apes, but that is still a DIY type job, and not $1300 worth of work.
Well for some of us it's a lot more involved than you might think. Not just swapping bars.
After doing mine, I can see where $1300 isn't as crazy as you might think for parts/labor.
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Well for some of us it's a lot more involved than you might think. Not just swapping bars.
After doing mine, I can see where $1300 isn't as crazy as you might think for parts/labor.

Very true. Especially, if you are going to run the wiring internally. Its an easy 8 hour job, even for a semi-experienced mechanic. It's also very easy to make mistakes so you should also take your time. Its a great weekend project for the home mechanic.
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1300 for a bar install.

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Well it was a real pain in the ass but got it done.

The 2 big pains were. One stripped hex bolt on the right side electrical/throttle housing.

And holy hell the glue they used on the stock grip left side! Royal pain in the ass!

But I managed to save the grip by using soapy water and a flat had screw driver and work the grip off.


Also. Upon measuring these so called 10" mini apes. When I leaned them against the wall and measured they are actually 11" rise.

It still worked but they were at the limit.

It took me just over 2 hours! But hey, $70 and a little time it saved me a lot of money
I've found compressed air to work like magic in getting old grips off of handlebars.

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Well some of us had to change risers and get rid of that ridiculous 4 1/2" pullback to go with apes. Top clamp too including indicator lights, speedo housing
Then there's the cost and labor of all new cables and adjusting those (Clutch, brake, throttle) and all that involves.
Extending all the wiring and running the wiring internally. Relocating directionals
I think you get the picture.
But youre right. I'd probably do it all for you for an even $1000 parts and labor. But then I don't have the expenses of insurance or unemployment tax or any tax for that matter. Cash money.

$1300 might be a little high. I thought it was ridiculous. Then I did mine and thought it wasn't all that ridiculous.
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:3 shizzz, for 13 hundo?! Its worth learning how to change your bars and the pitfalls of it. Then you can buy a new set of bolt-in cams and install those. And treat yourself to some fairings. 1300! :/
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... for 13 hundo?! Its worth learning how to change your bars and the pitfalls of it...
No sheeit, I bought my last Evo XL1200 for only 10 Bennies more and then promptly removed the 12" apes that were on it.
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I do all my own sh!+. Not the point. For those that can't, there's more to it than you think if you want it done right.
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I paid that much for a rigid frame and springer front end. Granted they weren't official screaming eagle or Willie G products but Pauchco is good enough for government work.
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I am sorry I really cant get over people are justify $1300 for handlebars.
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