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Old 02-20-2012, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Apes for Wide Glide

I have a 2005 Wide Glide with (factory) mini apes. I'm pretty sure they are 12 inches tall.

I want to go taller, but I am not sure what size apes I should go with.....14" or 16". [The 18 inchers are a little too tall for my taste.]

Has anyone made this change to their WG? And if so, was there any difference in the way the bike handles? I'd love to see some before/after pics (of other WG's) before I proceed.

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ran the 12" mini apes with 6" pullback risers for quite awhile. Last spring installed 17" Paughco ape hangers. 1 1/4" dia. internally wired...and yes, you will need longer brake line, clutch cable, throttle & idle cables and you need to extend the wiring. Took about 4 hours with all the soldering, shrink tubing, cursing, pissing & moaning...

Handles just fine... for me. You have to find at what height the grips feel natural and comfortably positioned for you. Unless you are just going for the look. My hands are just at shoulder height, I have 2" extended forward controls so I am sitting in a very natural & relaxed position. I can ride for hours with or without a windshield. I find that the position also gives me a little bit more leverage on that tall skinny front tire too countersteering into a high speed sweeper as well as breaking over center when going through S curves.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your post StillBill. I like the look of your bike, but I think I'm going to go a little lower and put on some 14-inchers.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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cool! Just make it yours and make it comfortable for you and the way YOU like it! I am slightly over 6' 2" and have the reach of an ape anyway sooo...
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Anyone else? I'm hoping to see some pics of a Dyna with 14" and 16" ape hangers.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My Wide Glide came with Harley's pull-back drag bars with internal wiring . While it looked really cool it was not very comfortable & required higher effort to turn in & steer during slow maneuvers .
I went with the old original Wide Glide mini-apes with 4" risers & 2" pull-backs and they are very comfortable for me & much easier during slow maneuvers such as u-turns & the like . Allows me to sit further back in the saddle for a more relaxed riding position .
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hey Pontiac, your left grip fell off
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