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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 6.54%
Think about it abit 7 1.48%
Forget it because they're not necessary 40 8.44%
Buy the apes and cables and do it myself 392 82.70%
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Why am I not surprised ?
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The original post is from 2012 so I bet
the quote is more now. I put the HD
10” mini ape on my bike around the same
time this post was created. I think I spent
under $400 for everything needed.
Also there are many invaluable how-to threads on this forum
if you do a search.
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HD shop owners run their stealerships like a pawn shop for yrs then wonder why they went out of business, seen a few stealerships crying on the news they're sad they are closing due to folks buying foreign... NOPE its cuz word got around your stealerships a scam run like a pawn shop so you ran yourself outta business.
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A little misleading, AFAIK Harley does not install handle bars besides the ones they ship the bike with.

I believe it was more than likely a Harley dealership, as of yet unnamed.

As already mentioned, shop labor rates are pretty high and a cable, wires, lines change for taller bars is going to be more labor hours than just swapping some bars out. Plus, the extra money for new cables etc.

Most here seem to claim $400-$500 for a self install and a few hours labor. So though a little high in my opinion, not totally unrealistic. The OP could have probably shopped around and got a better deal.

Now you now why people are always asking what is the tallest bars without changing/lengthening cables, wires, etc.

All the people on here that think Harley dealers are high, LMFAO. Go get quotes for similar at Honda, BMW, Ducati, Triumph and Indian. Some are just disconnected from the real world on here. LMFAO!
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I originally posted when this thread started. But 1300 through a dealer is no surprise. The labor is gonna be around 600. If the bars require new cables and wires, that is going to be 400 through Harley. Then you have the cost of the bars and probably the grips. As well as the brake fluid. Then you have shop fees, taxes, etc. Internally wired bars that require longer cables is no joke. It is very time consuming. I did it myself on my nightster years ago. It took me around a week working here and there and cost was around 400.

If he was supplying the bars and the cables were all going to be reused and not internally wired then the cost probably would have been a couple hours labor.

Again, going to internally wired apes with different cables is a ton of work. Not necessarily hard but involved and tedious. Just getting to the molex connectors and disconnecting each one to extend the wires. Not to mention installing the new clutch cable. All of this takes time. And at a dealer that equals $$$$$$.


If one can turn a wrench and has patience, then one can use this forum to get the job done around 400 or so.
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12 years ago, my friend Cameron (yes, I have friends) took his '06 XL 1200 C to the local HD dealer for an estimate on 10" apes. They quoted him $800. Local Indy quoted him $500.
I think the difference was HD had quoted using complete replacement HD wire harnesses and cables, and the Indy used harness extension kits and aftermarket throttle and clutch cables.
Doing mine, myself, $100 for the bars and less than $100 for brake line and wire harness extension.
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I just checked, I spent $225 in parts for the HD mini ape, a stainless braided clutch cable,
Stainless braided brake line, Namz wire extension kit, and turn sig relocation kit.
I did not run wiring inside bars so it was a very easy swap.

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I was lucky enough (back around 2002) to have an independent mechanic install the apes, longer brake cable, and a few odds and ends related. I think it was under $250. Unfortunately he is now retired, but at the time he charged me around $60 an hour. Almost everytime I wanted the dealer to do something (3 dealers in WI, 1 in IL, and not counting the 2 in MN; moved around a lot back then) they either screwed something up or were lying to me about one thing or another.

The last time I went to the dealer (WI), they wanted to charge me a few thousand saying that the rim was broken and my custom triple trees were misalligned. Turned out it was just my gators binding on the forks.
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