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Old 7th December 2007
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Question swapping forward controls for mid controls

I have searched high and low but cannot find any PICTURES WITH INSTRUCTIONS for removing the forward controls from my 05' Sportster Custom and replacing them with mid controls. Can anyone point me in the right direction??
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there are instructions for swapping mid controls TO forward controls .... I want to change my forward controls to mid controls! My bike came stock with forward controls .... anyone??
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The parts catalog shows the placement of these parts very clearly. Everyone should have a service and parts manual. My 2¢
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start from the back and work forward, disconnect the rod at rear brake piston then two bolts holding pegs; same for shifter: rod at tranny then footpeg bracket, then just disassemble forward to install on mid brackets. sorta the reverse of mid to forward. i have instructions for mid to forward and could try to scan it to you (fax would be easier) if i can figure how to upload images here.
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If you have all the parts you need...Its really self explanatory
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Do what I did and take the controls off the forward ones and mount back and use the pegs as highway pegs. If you ever want them back on it's an easy process.
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I have searched high and low but cannot find any PICTURES WITH INSTRUCTIONS for removing the forward controls from my 05' Sportster Custom and replacing them with mid controls. Can anyone point me in the right direction??
Changing from your stock forwards to mid controls is probably not the usual direction bikers go. However, I did just what you are talking about to my 06 Custom. It is easy except that there are no kits for this conversion. My dealer said the parts if purchased for this change would cost about $1000. You might do as I did and go to ebay and search for mid controls that have been removed when changing to forwards. I found a set of mids, brand new, removed from a nightster for $75. As far as installation goes, you will not need pictures, just look for the existing bracket holes in your frame (may have plastic plugs in them). Remove all the forward stuff and use same hardware to install mids. Some plastic cable holders may hang loose when the front pegs are removed. Just use some more same size bolts to fasten them down again.The worst part of this job is getting to the rear brake rod mounting screw. I had to have a friend pull on the exhaust pipe to move it out a little so I could get to the screw. You might loosen the exhaust at the head, but we just stretched things a bit and left the exhaust tight. We did remove all other supporting hardware for this pipe. Beware, the screw I am talking about was not an allen screw although it looked like one. It was a star or something which my friend had the proper tool to fit it. Nothing to it. Hope this helps....Dan
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Changing from your stock forwards to mid controls is probably not the usual direction bikers go. However, I did just what you are talking about to my 06 Custom. It is easy except that there are no kits for this conversion. My dealer said the parts if purchased for this change would cost about $1000. You might do as I did and go to ebay and search for mid controls that have been removed when changing to forwards. I found a set of mids, brand new, removed from a nightster for $75. As far as installation goes, you will not need pictures, just look for the existing bracket holes in your frame (may have plastic plugs in them). Remove all the forward stuff and use same hardware to install mids. Some plastic cable holders may hang loose when the front pegs are removed. Just use some more same size bolts to fasten them down again.The worst part of this job is getting to the rear brake rod mounting screw. I had to have a friend pull on the exhaust pipe to move it out a little so I could get to the screw. You might loosen the exhaust at the head, but we just stretched things a bit and left the exhaust tight. We did remove all other supporting hardware for this pipe. Beware, the screw I am talking about was not an allen screw although it looked like one. It was a star or something which my friend had the proper tool to fit it. Nothing to it. Hope this helps....Dan
$1,000? That's crazy. I've just priced up the parts that you'd need. Assuming that you reused some of the screws, it comes to $220.34. That's at Zanotti; it'd be a little more at the dealer.
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