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Old 19th May 2018
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Decided its time to swap the bars out on the 48. I mocked up a bunch of different configurations with some 1" pvc and decided the best compromise for comfort and asthetics will be:
10" rise 24" width with approx 3" pullback.
I actually prefer a bit narrower than 24" so I might end up cutting down whatever I find.

So far I've narrowed it down to "LA choppers" as they have a bar that fits this geometry that supports internal wiring.

It sounds like I might be ok with factory wire length but definitely will need to swap brake cables.

Looking for brake lines is a bit overwhelming. Anyone have a similar setup that can recommend/spec a setup?

Thanks in advance.
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I ran 10" Z bars for a few years on my Iron. They were pretty awesome. I had to add probably 6 inches of cable to my factory wiring harness. I also wired mine internally.

When I installed them I wasn't sure if the stock break line would fit so I bought a stainless cable. Not sure of the length though. I can measure later on after work. I'll post up some pics later too.

Swapped over to Biltwell Re-bars recently. My Z bars would never stay in place. Went riserless and never going back!
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Easy on a 2012, grab a new front brake line, fit, bleed, job done.
But looks like you have ABS, not something I've had to deal with, but can do a bit with the same process I used.
Hold a bit of hose where the master cylinder would put it. Run it to where the splitter box under the triple is. Measure the length it creates. After that, you just need the lower section. Did a bit of research, looks like Magnum make a set.
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check this guy out. I bought the clown car bars from him and couldn't be happier
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Just take some weed eater line and mock it up. That way you know exactly what you are getting. Then call one of the major manufacturers and they'll make you a custom one to fit. I recommend Barnett, great quality, and good prices.
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Thanks fo the info! I got the bars installed with internal wires and found a local shop i can have a brake lne made really reasonable. 7” over stock gets me what im after. Protip for anyone fighting internal wiring on z bars: get some used bicycle cable still in the housing. You can jam it past the first bend and when its caught at the 2nd bend just push the cable theough...tape to connector and pull the slack off the cable past first bend then pull the housing out the 2nd bend. There were a lot of ppl complaining about wirng these bars but i found worked really well!
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Just picked up my new brakeline for the front. Ended up going with a braided stainless (they didnt have any black braided) and was looking at my factory lines...they reuse the connectors and sure enough the factory line is braided too?!

I was thinking braided was an upgrade (at least the quality of the new seems to be) but was suprised to see the factory lines were braided too as lots of ppl were telling me I needed to "upgrade"
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Took two attempts to get the line just right but it fits great now, and after bleeding my brakes they feel significantly more crisp! I don't know how much to attribute to new fluid but man it feels better than stock, really tight!

Next problem is that I never realized the mirrors mount locations are not symmetric. The clutch side sits like .75" closer to bars, just enough to make it impossible to adjust out of the way of the tank and still be usable...I really don't want to drop it altogether and prefer the undermount style.

Before I go the route of trying to make my own mount is anyone aware of custom bracketry for the stock style mirrors?

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