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Old 16th June 2021
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I got the from J&P Cycles or Dennis Kirk via ebay.
Kobra50 - Thanks for the generous offer, sounds like I’d be better off leaving the bike as is to avoid the headaches. Thanks again
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When verifying whether or not the fwd controls fit a 1979 Ironhead, the manufacture will give fitting information for the bike as manufactured for that year.

Since the 1979 was manufactured with a Siamese twin exhaust system, that most users promptly replaced by dual pipes on the right side, one can really never know whether the manufacturer even looks at fitment for an altered 79.

Here’s an example:
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/541...rd-control-kit


JP Cycles says it will not fit a 1979 but it will fit a 1978. So one would think that if you have installed dual pipes on the right side of your 79, it would fit.

But again that’s just a guess on my part.

Just another reason why does 79 Ironhead sometimes is referred to as the red-headed step child of the sportster family.

I outa know. I’m restoring two 79’s. One of them is complete enough for me to ride. The second one is getting there.
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FAME79!
There used to be, probably still is, a website dedicated to this...
Fits All Models Except
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It's easy to downshift and brake with your heels using properly set up highway pegs and keeping mids protects your spine from bumps because you can rise on the mid pegs to cushion shock.

I'm not getting any younger either and have already had a C3/4 fusion and L3/4 stenosis surgery. All it takes is one serious bump to the spine an ya can be in a world of hurt. Worse, if you lose back function that can end your riding and a lot more.
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