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Old 15th April 2016, 11:02   #586
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Being an awkwardly built 6 footer, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with my riding position on my iron. I have however found a solution- risers!
You need forward controls and not risers imho. However, speedo clamps should not be affected by risers afaik. Please do check thoroughly before ordering as most good AliExpress sellers do reply to your queries. But do remember that Harley parts are over-engineered to last at least 2 generations with proper maintenance, hence the costs. I have had bad experience from most non-harley parts.

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You need forward controls and not risers imho.
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yeah forward controls are a near future purchase plan dheeraj bhai. I'll ask the sellers and see but now with the OEM advice you've confused me to look at the interests of my yet to be born grandkids thanks again!
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Iron is a good package now. But do not try any outside 1200 upgrade kit as I doubt any dealership or person can give you factory quality.
I get all my vehicles usually repaired from outside agencies which cost a fraction of what a company workshop quotes and I also get a better job done in the bargain. I even service my Harley myself now. Case in point, I had a small mishap with my Skoda Superb recently. The dealership quoted a cost of 1 lac rupees because they would rather replace the whole bonnet than just get its dent removed. I got it done from a 3rd party workshop with total damages less than 8k.
Dhiraj San, on one hand you advice someone not to go for any aftermarket product or service, in same breath you say you get all your car's work done outside the factory workshops. I understand you might be concerned about technicalities of something like an engine upgrade, but exactly for the same reason I would stay away from factory workshop. These guys are great for handle bar installs and usual servicing. But ask them to tune the EFI, they look at each other as if they saw a ghost. Ask them any technical question and they get spooked.
On quality, well one needs to put in some research in the field and find people who provide quality as their priority.
I went for Hammer performance 1250 kit after researching for over a year and I am fully satisfied with quality and performance it brings. In fact so satisfied and confident of its build that I decided to plonk a Turbo over it.
Since then I have recommended Hammer 1250 to many sportster owners and every one is pretty excited about tons of torque they have over factory 1200 48 and very satisfied people for the money they spent.

I would advocate HDs own 1200 kit as well, If workshop mechanics had knowledge of EFI tune, could interpret sensor output and if that kit did not cost nearly twice the aftermarket kit despite of coming with non-forged pistons.

If you haven't had a great experience with people outside official workshop, may be you did not find the right people.

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Dhiraj San, on one hand you advice someone not to go for any aftermarket product or service, in same breath you say you get all your car's work done outside the factory workshops.
If you haven't had a great experience with people outside official workshop, may be you did not find the right people.
Lolz dustom. I think you have not followed on to my Heritage thread. I do advocate Harley parts because their quality is unsurpassed. But I do not advocate their service anymore. In fact I have serviced my Heritage Softail myself BUT after sourcing parts from Capital Harley. I do try out many DIY's with some aftermarket parts and in fact I have a project underway right now where I am fitting aftermarket LED lights to the front and rear fenders of my Heritage with some original Harley parts and some aftermarket one but usually when it comes to crucial engine components, I would like to trust only the original parts. Please read all my current threads completely before commenting. You may be a dealer of the said upgrade kit hence I may have touched a raw nerve as you have a vested interest in its sale. But in case of engine upgrades I do not and will not recommend amateurs unless I am 100% sure.

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You need forward controls and not risers imho. However, speedo clamps should not be affected by risers afaik. Please do check thoroughly before ordering as most good AliExpress sellers do reply to your queries. But do remember that Harley parts are over-engineered to last at least 2 generations with proper maintenance, hence the costs. I have had bad experience from most non-harley parts.

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Well if your 6 foot then the riding position on the Iron takes a toll on your back due to the handle bar position.
Im 6"2 and used an iron for close to 6 months before i sold it. I swapped the stock bars for the mini ape Harley OEM bars. I also had forward controls installed but the the change of handle bars will be a better 1st upgrade than the forward controls IMHO.
Rest as you ride more youll be in a better position to decide what accessories you want and can slowly add them as and when you like.
Its a harley, the updates will never stop
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I do advocate Harley parts because their quality is unsurpassed.
You may be a dealer of the said upgrade kit hence I may have touched a raw nerve as you have a vested interest in its sale. But in case of engine upgrades I do not and will not recommend amateurs unless I am 100% sure.

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Dhiraj san,
Quality is unsurpassed? Really, which performance part would that be?
Why do you do DIY with parts & service on motorcycle since you don't recommend armatures? Are you a pro?

But anyway, You did touch a raw nerve, because you have no experience of engine or engine upgrade, and yet you advice. I have no vested interest, I just recommend hammer performance because I have used it, and others have used it on my recommendation too.
If some one is going to US he can bring back his own kit. You can re read the previous post and tell me if I anywhere said people should knock on my door for these components.
I recommend Hammer performance, NHRS,S&S engine kits over HD all day long. They are cheaper and provide more power, runs cooler.
I have done it many times and certainly know more than experts with zero experience.

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Why do you do DIY with parts & service on motorcycle since you don't recommend armatures? Are you a pro?
How do you see yourself recommending yourself to work on your bike.
Any formal education in this field, any history sheet?
Doing routine maintenance or small electrical DIYs cannot be compared to opening up the engine fully and tinkering with the innards. I do the jobs of which I am 100% confident and of course I am a amateur. But those jobs do not require a trained professional.

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Hi guys, ran into a problem today and need your inputs. Wanted to convert to single seat so finally removed the seat and was shocked to see rust and paint wear on the rear fender and rear seat bracket. Cleaned up and applied duct tape to the affected parts. Need suggestions from you

- should the entire fender be removed and repainted? If yes what's the approximate cost involved?
-should I do temp respray using aerosol paint cans?
-if yes what should I do to treat the rust?
-where can I get the fender seat nut with retaining clip in India and the costs involved? Need this for fitting the single seat when needed. Saw this online abroad but though it costs only 3$shipping charges to India are in range on 40$.

Used the harley boot mark remover for some rubber debris on the exhaust and must say it works really well though is pricy at 700 rs for a small bottle. thanks in advance
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Wanted to convert to single seat so finally removed the seat and was shocked to see rust Need suggestions from you

- should the entire fender be removed and repainted? If yes what's the approximate cost involved?
-should I do temp respray using aerosol paint cans?
-if yes what should I do to treat the rust?
-where can I get the fender seat nut with retaining clip in India and the costs involved? Need this for fitting the single seat when needed.
Things look a little bad from your photos and that is why I suggest that in future you should clean the under seat area every month. Now the worst affected and visible part I see would be the rear seat attachment area which has a lot of rust damage. What I suggest you do is clean the whole area thoroughly with WD40, then you can repair the whole area carefully with a little black enamel paint, only touching up the affected area and leaving the rest untouched. Let it dry thoroughly for a day or two and then neatly finish it off with a square piece of black tape that is used to make number plates and has great sticking power to give it a neat look. You are lucky to have a black bike which can easily be repaired this way. Repainting the entire fender will be a costly affair especially if you want the original look. Get the fender seat nut and retaining clip from the dealership and should not cost more than a couple of hundred bucks. All the underseat rusted parts can also be repaired by black enamel paint as they will not be visible.

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so quite a late post, but did a little touch up on the rear fender and i did convert it to a single seat conversion. looks super cool. planning on a complete custom paint job later this or next year.

Also installed a LED headlight i got from ali express for 3.7k shipped received it in 4 days flat, fixed it myself was a 15 minutes job, looks neat and through is almost near the orginal HD day maker that costs 38k+installation. (doing good already 6 months past, 8k kms through)

Got a headlight frenched ring from JP cycles and a seat mount hardware too. The seat mount nut fits loose, think i need to source a original HD one. Cost was 30$ for the ring and 5$ for the nut but the shipping and customs killed it cost me almost 2 times their original price.

Also installed a genereric RAM mount with charger i got from ali express for 1k. Installed it myself but i need to get it done proffesionally. For the time being i have connected this directly to the battery but will change it to accessory port the next time i get serviced at X torque. great to use for the price has a separate power switch and 2.1 amps, did my 4k kms WHR 16 kutch ride and a 1.5k konkan ride using it and its holding up good no complaints.

will share my first 8k service, front tyre upgrade and battery change details in the next post.

Running good already 15k+ on the odo since i brought it and the next service is due
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Hi folks! some new updates on the bike-

Replaced the stock spark plugs with NGKs sourced from the alto K10 old model @ Rs100/each. extreme VFM. have the run the setup for around 2k kms (one 1250km ride to Udupi, one 450 kms ride to Bangalore and 500kms locally) running pretty great. i get one miss fire per ride when running slow dont know why, i got this even on stock but very very rarely. Maybe because i dont have a ecu remap. Guru's your thoughts? Bike running great on this though.(Thanks @dkaile for the idea)

Sourced the quick release sissy bar with luggage rack from ebay USA. Cost was 200$ but customs and shipping was Rs10,500/-. That totally killed the deal, almost 24k but quality is great and i can quickly take it off. Its very convenient. Plan to add a separate solo seat to make the conversions very fast.

Sourced the chrome eyebrow from the sale at 2 rivers Harley pune. Cost about 3.8k shipped great value. But ran into trouble when i couldn't reach the headlamp nut with any of my tools available. finally my car stepny spanner fit good! But the nut was jammed, applied zorik spray and it was worked. The new chrome hardware was metric!shocking i brought a imperial allen set for the harley and it wouldn't fit the new bolts!(surprisingly the old hardware worked on the imperial allen keys). Looks great but it was a lot of effort.

Also sourced an Stanley imperial tool set for the harley from amazon.i- pricey at 4.5k! i'm sad that i have still not used it on the bike though.

Got the bike serviced at Domons Customs bangalore last fortnight, report of which i shall post next. Bike nearing 49k kms on the odo!
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Very nice to see the fiddling!

The headlight ring really does gives it a class. The eyebrow piece, would it have been ok to get it chrome powdered instead of a new one?

And also I found out that Allen comes in 2 sizes. The inch measured ones fit the Harley screws.

I would also go for Pirelli diablo Rosso II rear tyre if I find a mechanic to do the job here.
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