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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Reduced reach bars or pullback risers?

So Im just about comfortable on my 2012 FXDC. I was having pain between my shoulder blades after a 30 minute ride but after replacing the stock seat, which I really like the look of; with a Sundowner its a lot better. But Im still not completely pain free after a long ride and I really want the bars a couple inches closer so my arms are not stretched out as far and Im not leaning forward. Aside from that I love the mid controls and added the HD highway pegs mounting kit.

I wondered if any of you with an FXDC have added reduced reached bars or the HD 4 pull back risers and how they helped. Id also rather not replace cables if I dont have to. I really only need an inch or two closer to me to be where I want to be...I think. Appreciate any input or suggestions.

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I have a 2008 FXDC, and I am almost 100% positive that the stock bars are the reduced reach bars. The harley catalog says that those bars seem to be the most comfortable for the Dyna line of bikes, and are OEM on the FXDC. The pullbackrisers might help your predicament, but you've already got the bars on there.

I've questioned this before, because I want the opposite of what you have...I switched to the Sundowner seat also, and i feel like I'm sitting in an awkward position where I'd either like to be leaning back further, or leaning forward, but I'm stuck in a middle position that causes my low back to be sore. I'm looking to get a set of bars that will pull me forward so I'll be leaning over a little bit. I've got my FXDC setup just like yours...sundowner, mid controls, highway pegs. One thing I noticed about the highway pegs is that they are too close to the bike, and I need larger pegs. I feel like my feet barely fit on there, and I have to force my feet to stay there. A set of highway pegs that maybe sit further forward and stuck out about an inch or so wider would probably solve it.

Oh...and usually, if you go + or - a few inches with bars or risers, no change of cables is necessary.
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So Im just about comfortable on my 2012 FXDC. I was having pain between my shoulder blades after a 30 minute ride but after replacing the stock seat, which I really like the look of; with a Sundowner its a lot better. But Im still not completely pain free after a long ride and I really want the bars a couple inches closer so my arms are not stretched out as far and Im not leaning forward. Aside from that I love the mid controls and added the HD highway pegs mounting kit.

I wondered if any of you with an FXDC have added reduced reached bars or the HD 4 pull back risers and how they helped. Id also rather not replace cables if I dont have to. I really only need an inch or two closer to me to be where I want to be...I think. Appreciate any input or suggestions.
I've got Rico 4 inch risers on my 2009 fxdc (stock bars) and love it. Stock cables and wires all reached, nothing needed to be replaced.



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I've got Rico 4 inch risers on my 2009 fxdc (stock bars) and love it. Stock cables and wires all reached, nothing needed to be replaced.

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Can you point me in the direction of the website for the Rico risers? I can't seem to locate online. I've been leaning towards the HD 4" pull back risers anyway and the replacing the bushings with nylon.

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I got the same seat for my 2012 FXDC and like you still wanted closer bars. I purchased 6 inch risers and it is a perfect fit for me. Easy to install because all cables and wires are plenty long enough. Took almost 15 min to do the whole thing but that was because I took my time!
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I am 5' 7" and was thinking about the 4" risers. What does the Sundowner add compared to the OEM?
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I bought the 4" risers from a local HD dealer and they installed just fine with stock cables. I also was looking for a more comfortable ride. I have some bone spurs in one of my shoulders, but fortunately don't experience pain when riding. My biggest pita are my hands going numb. Swapping out stock grips helped a little but I mostly just stretch my hands whenever I get a chance. Although I'm not really interested in modding the engine, I do want to eventually switch to forwards and need to replace the stock intake as my leg would ride on it right now. BTW, I'm 5'10"
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Steve the Sundowner is wider and has more cushion. Put it on my 2012 FXDC more for the complicated one than for me. But, after 2 or 300 miles glad I have it for me as well.For those of you with the 4" risers... How about a few pics. Been thinking about them as well but would like to see pics before I bight the bullet.

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I fully agree with mtncrash on the comfort of the sundowner seat. No discomfort at all on 200 mile rides. It did add about an inch of height though. I just installed highway pegs rather than forwards simply because I like having that extra option. Like Ratso, I feel like I want risers so I'm not reaching so much. I'm also thinking about four inch. Would also appreciate any Pics.

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