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In the tradition of other threads where I document the changes... Here it goes.

Details on the bike: 2013 HD Forty-Eight in Ember Red Sunglo
Purchased date: June 8, 2013
Miles on odometer: 6

Photos of the bike when I got it (just like any other stock 48 )





Accessories purchased with sale of the bike (not installed by dealer). I will do all the install of these parts as soon as they get in and will share photos of the process. Bolt-on stuff, so nothing too complicated (I hope! ) :

Line QTY Description
1- 1 - D&D Bobcat Exhaust Black Pipes w/Carbon Fiber Sleeve
2- 1 - Roland Sands Design Velocity Stack – Black
3- 1 - HD XR 1200 Left Front Brake Caliper (improve braking and looks) Part No. 42943-08
4- 1 - Seat Option 1: HD Solo Spring Saddle – Brown Leather Part No. 54072-10
5- 1 - HD Spring Seat Installation Kit for Seat Option 1 – Part No. 54074
6- 1 - HD Sportster Front Spoiler – Black
7- 1 - HD SE 10mm Phat Spark Plug Wires – Orange
8- 1 - HD Flush-Mount Fuel Cap – Black
9- 1 - HD Oil Dipstick with Temp Gauge
10- 2 - HD Rocker Box Cover - Wrinkled Black
11- 1 - HD Sportster Drag Bars Part No. 55800035
12- 1 - HD Chopped Fender Edge Light Part No. 73420-11
13- 1 - HD Swingarm Pivot Bolt Cover Kit – Black Part No. 47625-09
14- 1 - HD Shock Bolt Cover Kit – Black Part No. 540000017
15- 1 - HD Bar & Shield Rear Axle Cover Kit – Black Part No. 43013-09A
16- 1 - HD Skull & Chain Air Cleaner Trim Part No. 61400165
17- 1 - HD Skull & Chain Timer Cover Part No. 25600025
18- 1 - HD Skull & Chain Derby Cover Part No. 25700255
19- 1 - HD Front Axle Nut Cover – Black Part No. 43428-09
20- 1 - HD Bullet Turn Signal Lens Kit – Smoked Part No. 69208-09
21- 1 - HD Service Manual
22- 1 - HD Leather Jacket JKT-Roadway Leather Part No. 98015-10VM

Pending items:

1. Grips. Have not decided. Need something that would work with bar-end mirrors. Looking at Rizoma's Grips - Contact style in black or something from Joker's

2. Bar-end mirrors - Have not decided. Looking at Rizoma's Spy-R80 in black or something from Joker's

3. Swing-arm saddlebags. I love the looks of the LaRosa in natural leather with the fuel canister... but some reviews mentioned that the HD bag with the additional back support seem to be better. So still undecided. But I do want at least one bag (two would be best) for the swing-arm with a fuel canister (inside the bag or outside, don't care). With 2.1 gal of fuel, best to be prepared.

4. Foot pegs - Have not decided

5. Rear LED signal lights from Custom Dynamics and might do the front with the Dynamic Ringz (LED Driving Lights/Turn Signals)

6. PIAA Extreme White Plus bulb to replace stock bulb (can't seem to justify spending on LED headlight...and these work great in my RGC)

7. Rear shocks. This is based on many threads on the lack of a good suspension from the factory. Need to see what would work best. Lot's of reading to do. I need to find out part number for the shocks from the Roadking?? that fits the 48?? Anyway, work to do here, but would like something that can take my fatarse and not break my back while going over bad roads.

8. Rizoma front pulley belt cover and insert. Still trying to locate the insert (cover that goes on the pulley, orange part that you see in the photo)

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Pretty sure I left something out... will update as I do the install of the parts.
 

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Looking forward to see progress. BTW. Whose the cheesy guy on your bike? Lol:D

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:rofl: that was some as**le that would not get off the bike while I was taking photos... :rofl:


Yeah, parts are not in... should be in sometime this week so that I can start installing them. Right now I am researching how to change the rocker box covers (looking for how-to and videos)... I think that will be the most involving mod of everything on the list. I need to order new gaskets (forgot those when I put together the list...)
 

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Why not new tires? Stock skidders suck and are ugly. Doing all that and leaving stock rubber on it?
Huh? :loco

An orange tire marker, some quiet time and they should look like these:

 

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Dont forget to take them reflectors off too.
I like the bike to be seen by cars... maybe remove the reflectors and install those reflective strips around the rim... I can get them in different colors... those even come in black and can only see them when the light hits them (if I want a stealth look). I had them in red on my sport bike...



On another modification. I think I was able to get a set of Road Glide shocks to replace the stock units. :thumbsup I will know for sure on Monday.
 

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Why not new tires? Stock skidders suck and are ugly. Doing all that and leaving stock rubber on it?
Since you mentioned different tires... got me looking for what other folks have done. Here are a few photos of what I have found so far..

Firestone tires



Other tires



White walls





 

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Yup, looks alot better than orange painted lettering. Besides how would you feel about parking next to 10 other bikes with the same painted letters. Its just too cookie cutter.

Whatever you do tough, do what YOU want. All Im doing is thinking out loud with you. Its just that stock tires with the reast of them mods would detract IMO only!

Ride on bro. Get it together so we can get them pics.
 

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...All Im doing is thinking out loud with you...

Ride on bro. Get it together so we can get them pics.
And I appreciate the comments. So keep those coming. It just opens my mind to more changes I have not thought of. :know
 

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Just a quick update...

Front Axle Nut Cover-43428-09 - This has to be the easiest mod to perform :bluduh , but these frigging covers are giving me a difficult time installing. They will not seat correctly as I try to tighten the hex insert (specially the side of the axle with the nut).

I have tried putting some 3M gray double face tape but as soon as I start to tighten the hex bolt, the cover pulls out :bluduh

What am I missing here?? There is only one hex bolt per cover, so not like I can hold it in place from two positions... frustrated as heck with such a simple mod...

On another note. I had a PowerVision from my older RGC that I was not using. I went ahead an got the dual license, from Jamie at Fuel Moto, and got it married to the bike. So now I have a new stock map saved, a slightly modified stock map ready to go in, and a map for when the mods are in (exhaust and velocity stack).
 

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Mark the location where the set crew sits, then purhaps you can either, give it a tap with a centre punch or a small drill bit or both.
 

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Mark the location where the set crew sits, then purhaps you can either, give it a tap with a centre punch or a small drill bit or both.
Great idea. :thumbsup Did not think about doing that. I will use a drill bit. :thumbsup
 

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You're gunna like those Piaa's... I love mine. Especially the passin' lamps.
Yes. I have them also in my RGC, love the improvement they provided. Reason for going with it for the 48 :thumbsup

I also ordered some reflective rim tape in 1/4" wide. Got it in black, red, and orange. Most likely will go with the black for a stealth look until light hits it. I just want as much visibility as possible when cars are near by.

I like the stock bullet lights so no plan to changing those... so I ordered front and rear LED lights from Custom Dynamics. Order placed today.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle LED Turn Signals

Dynamic Ringz™ Driving Lights & Turn Signals for the front and the standard dual intensity Red LED for the rear.
 

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Most of the parts came in... Only waiting on the exhaust and spoiler....

I installed everything but the engine covers...seems like that requires a lot more time to do.

A few photos







Front caliper changed:



Skulls on tag (need a black slim profile frame for the tag), and also installed the fender mounted brake light)



Seat mounted, velocity stack, used a spare seat bolt to fill the hole over the velocity stack




Drag bar mounted

 
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