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Hey folks, old man with first Sportster here...

Wanting to switch from the mid-controls currently on bike to forward controls...

Also wanting to use the Led Sled Customs floorboards...

Have done (some) searching here & with Google; but everything comes back as converting forwards to mids...!

Is it possible to just move my mids forward & get longer linkage bars...?

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I haven't found anything on actually using mids for forwards.
The parts are different.
I have been collecting articles for the XLFs Sportsterpedia on foot controls.
Here is where I'm at.
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/techtalk:ref:body01

The hookups should be about the same and with your custom, you could probably pick which forwards you want.
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If that's an '05 frame, you should be able to use the forwards from an '04-'13, providing the PO didn't torch up the lower front of the frame too.
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I haven't found anything on actually using mids for forwards.
The parts are different.
I have been collecting articles for the XLFs Sportsterpedia on foot controls.
Here is where I'm at.
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/techtalk:ref:body01

The hookups should be about the same and with your custom, you could probably pick which forwards you want.
Good deal, will need to start trolling thru the junkyards & such...!

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If that's an '05 frame, you should be able to use the forwards from an '04-'13, providing the PO didn't torch up the lower front of the frame too.
I think all that is left of the original 2005 XL883L is the engine/tranny, rear brake setup, front end, & mag rims...? Oh, clutch cable setup, headlight, & speedo (and a bunch of wiring jammed here & there)...

I will find out more as I tear it all apart...!
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If that's an '05 frame, you should be able to use the forwards from an '04-'13, providing the PO didn't torch up the lower front of the frame too.
It looks like a stock frame (apart from the rear triangle, obviously). The engine is still rubber mounted and everything.
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He may have to reshape the front pipe to use a forward mount, there.
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It looks like a stock frame (apart from the rear triangle, obviously). The engine is still rubber mounted and everything.
I am under the assumption that it is a custom frame, but I cannot get verification from the original builder...

I will find out more when I blow the bike apart...

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He may have to reshape the front pipe to use a forward mount, there.
I really want to run forwards & floorboards, so I will change the exhaust if I need to (and the local constabulary frowns on "loud pipes")...

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If I do swap, I will let you know...!
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I sprayed the pipes with some high-temp black & wrapped with some titanium (color) lava stone-based (no fiberglass) wraps...

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