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The search for handlebars

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  1. IndyVictory

    IndyVictory Member

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    Replacing my bent helibars so I'm looking at all the cheaper options.

    Trying to research as much as possible before I spend bunch of money on bars that don't fit me right.

    I'm not super tall at 5'8.5 so pullback is nice to have.

    Been looking at various ape hangers and the popular options. Right now I'm leaning more towards FMB bars. Not the vertically challenged because the wrist angle even in their example photos looks uncomfortable.

    I was thinking Tarzans at first supporting local business. My understanding is they are a wide bar and I think that might cause reach issues when I'm zipping around parking lots.

    Realizing that as I search for bars there are a lot of threads and a small number with pics but they are not useful for comparison to my existing bars.

    I like the grips to be back behind the gas cap above the Victory tank emblem. Probably going to end up with some apes and pulling them down a bit.

    It can be frustrating trying to pick from bunch of options not knowing how they will fit until I get them on the bike. I never really liked the helibars much. Sure I can ride 600 mile days but I get pain from the limited adjustments I can do. I suppose no bar is perfect.

    I do have the heated grips with those screws on left side so I guess I would need to buy some taps for the bars I do end up getting.
     
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    Sounds like you know what you are looking for. Post a pic when you are done.
    I’d love to see the finished product!
     
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    Haha I don't know what I'm looking for.
    Whatever I get I know probably won't be perfect but it's gonna look less fugly than the helibars.

    Been emailing with VicBaggers and FMB and digging up every old thread on here and victoryforum. Trying to research so I don't have to buy another set of bars by making a poor choice.

    FMB just told me the Phatt bars pulled down are like a +2 so that should work. Lot of money to throw at it if I'm wrong though.
     
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    Did you get extended cables with the Heli bars?
    Otherwise, I would look at whether or not you can get away with not changing your cables. That could save you some money if you do the handle bar swap yourself.
     
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    Doing it myself as I did the first install.
    Not too much work changing bars the only thing that I'm concerned about is the left grip but I'll have to buy some taps to take care of screw holes for the heated grip. Grinding down the tab on the right isn't that big of a deal either.
    It will be a little more work than the super simple helibars but I can handle it.
     
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    JUst go to ebay. Bought a set for $130.00 including s&h.



    JUst go to E
     
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    Set of what?
     
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    Yes thats what you need is a tap for the heated grips , went through the install this spring on my CCT for 2' UP&2" back bars. I also ground down the tabs.
     
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    Which bars did you get?
     
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    FMB spike bend for me. Very comfortable for me at 6' 3" although mine are as vertical as they allow. You could certainly install them tilted towards you for less of a reach. All stock cables work no problem and I also drilled out the left side for heated grips
     

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    Lots of useful information here. I should have joined sooner. :)

    I'm thinking the Phatt FMB bars at the moment but still researching my options.
    I prefer to only buy one set of bars not multiple by making a poor choice. I know that happens to many though.
     
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    My understanding is that the Phatt bars are slightly taller than the spike bends that I have so perhaps they would be even closer to you if you angled them during installation. I did notice that they mention re-angling a banjo fitting for the Phatt bars. If you end up going that route, please post some pics. I seriously considered those but chose to start off with a "milder" bar height. Who knows, I may want more in the future
     
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    There is a good old thread on here with plenty of pics with them all the way up. Looks good but my arms not that long.

    FMB Phatt Monkey Apes
     
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