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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 0.84%
Buy the apes yourself and have them installed elsewhere 31 6.53%
Think about it abit 7 1.47%
Forget it because they're not necessary 40 8.42%
Buy the apes and cables and do it myself 393 82.74%
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Doing it yourself pays for any tool you might want, you keep the tools, and you build mechanical skills which pay off for a lifetime.

The last motorcycle I took to a dealer was my MT 250 Honda in 1978. I don't hate on dealers, but I do enjoy independence, saving gobs of money, and having my bike my way.

Nothing on a Harley is difficult compared to working on cars or trucks. Study, learn the right way (this forum is the best Sportster resource on the internet, nothing else comes close), then go for it.
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Doing it yourself pays for any tool you might want, you keep the tools, and you build mechanical skills which pay off for a lifetime.

The last motorcycle I took to a dealer was my MT 250 Honda in 1978. I don't hate on dealers, but I do enjoy independence, saving gobs of money, and having my bike my way.

Nothing on a Harley is difficult compared to working on cars or trucks. Study, learn the right way (this forum is the best Sportster resource on the internet, nothing else comes close), then go for it.
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and one thing I do know is it was done right.
That is it right there, no matter the cost.
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And I enjoy changing oils/clutch adjustment

Aside from not having to take her somewhere and pay $

I also know for sure which oils are where-I think there's a thread here about that...
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Buy the bars, the longer cables, and pigtails(wire extenders), then do it yourself. It's not a difficult job, and doesn't require a lift, or much in the way of tools. Get your parts aftermarket, as Harley makes you pay 3x more for the EXACT same parts.
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Hum..... I wonder if the OP got the mini-apes installed after all these years....

this thread was started in 2012!!!

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haha. that's a good question!
now you guys got me thinking about paint equipment.
gotta be cheaper than paying the shop for 2 bikes.
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