After our friend Tommy said he wanted a more aggressive look than what he got with the stock, 10-inch mini-apes on his ’07 H-D Softail Custom, we called Hill Country Custom Cycles for one of its Wild 1 16-inch Ape Hanger Kits (MSRP $629.95). The kit is designed to fit any Harley model ’90-08 (except ’08 Touring models, and fairing and Springer models). The core of the kit is a good-looking set of Wild 1 Chubby ape hangers with 1 1/4-inch thick bars. The beauty of the kit is that it includes switches, chrome controls, and stainless cables so you don’t have to play the guess-the-correct-cable-length game. For convenience Hill Country pre-installs the handlebar switches with internal wiring. The 1 1/4-inch bars are reduced in size to 1-inch at the riser clamp and grip ends to accept stock risers, controls, and grips.
When the kit arrived, we set up a “three amigos wrench day” in our garage with riding buddies John and Jeff joining Tommy to install the taller bars. Replacing the handlebars on a motorcycle is not a difficult mechanical task, but it can be tedious, especially if you have to re-wire the electrical connectors, disconnect and reconnect all the controls, replace the brake line and bleed the brakes. Access to a service manual is advised.HB