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Default '08 XL1200N Mods(pics)...Let me know what you think so far

Put on 3000 km before it was even '08

Got the bike the first few days of Sept. 07 rode as often as I could and started the mods.



So far...

Removed the front reflectors and feeler pegs as soon as I got home from picking it up at the dealer.

Moved the mirrors under the bars and adjusted the bars and controls to a better fit for me.

Raised the tank 2" with some brackets I made up and proceeded to remove the wiring loom and relocate all the wiring under the tank.


Relocated a bunch of wiring between the oil tank and engine to clean it up a bit(OK...a lot)

Painted the ham can flat black (till I decide what stage1 I will put on)

Relocated the coil between the cylinders on the left hand side (cut the existing bracket and reworked it)

Cut the ignition bracket to leave only the part the ignition screws to and put it back in exactly the same spot.


Drilled a 3/8 hole in the exhaust baffles to give it a bit better sound without being obnoxious

Removed the lower belt guard.

Put a set of Progressive 440's on the rear, when I did the shocks I removed the rear fender so I could take the black panels that held the rear reflectors off and trim the part where the reflector was. This was done because I heard some people were having problems with the reflector mount hitting the belt guard with these shocks, not to mention I wanted to see as much of the back wheel as possible (that's the main reason the lower belt guard came off as well


How do ya like my paint booth

Still looking at air breathers, spring seat options, a larger more old school style headlight without the eyebrow and some saddlebags that aren’t huge but will fit my laptop so I can use the bike to ride to work more often. Pretty happy with the mods so far but was a little surprised with the 440's, they were still a little firmer than I was hoping (I'm a real lightweight so I shouldn't be surprised)

Let me know what ya think so far...more to be done as time permits.
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No offense, I like everything you did except raising the tank. Not sure if that is the new style but my boss did the same thing on his Wide Glide.
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No offense taken! Each to his own when it comes to style, however this was a combination of style and function, I needed a place to get rid of all that wiring so I could get rid of the ugly plastic wiring loom.
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So all the wiring is stashed under the tank instead of exposed? If so, good idea. Not a lot of other options.
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That was the main motivation, to give me a tunnel to run all the wires in. There is no longer any wires or connectors visible, it took a bit of work to get the bulky connectors into a position where they would all fit under the tank and not have any pressure on them. I didn't go as far as some and remove the connector; mine will come apart as usual so parts can be changed without re-soldering things. If I hard wired everything I could have gotten away with a 1" lift of the tank.
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One thing I like about the raised tank is it makes the seat look lower from the side. Not sure if I'm sold on it but I can see why one would do it from an appearance aspect.
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COOL, Nice Job

If you get time, I would love to see some close up pics of the tank lift and wires.
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Looking great, Wasted Dog. I think you're the first person here to ditch the rear reflectors (on an N); I've been too lazy to do it myself.

About the tank - I love it! But you mentioned the drawback in another thread: slight loss of fuel capacity. Oh well, it's a trade-off.
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Thanks,
If you do get rid of the rear reflectors you will need to take the rear fender off and drill out the rivets that hold them on, once you get them off you will need to spend some time with a small cut off wheel to trim the aluminum panels before riveting them back in place. And be more careful than I was, it would pay to tape up the fender before you remove it, and a second set of hands around when you remove the last bolts would be a good idea, I put a 1.5" scratch in the fender somewhere along the line.

As far as fuel capacity goes, I don’t think there is going to be as much of a change as you might first think. The pivot point for the tank is extended past the small end of the tank making the change in angle less than if the pivot was at or under the tank. Honestly the change is so small that I haven’t been able to tell the difference in the mileage I get out of a tank of gas. I think other variables like being a bit rammy on a given day and getting on the throttle a few times makes as much change. We'll see as time goes on.
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Let's see some pics of that tank man!
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