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Discussion in 'New Owner Necessities' started by Hirter6Pack, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Hirter6Pack

    Hirter6Pack Not Quite A Guru
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    Pknowles had mentioned that he put 08 pitbull handlebars on his 09 k9 he also said Blacktopper was the first to do the handlebar conversion along Derrick and Donna. PK said it moves the handlebars about 3" closer to the seat.
    I thought it was good information to put here for us short people.
     
  2. Mr. Wright

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    I did this to Shain's bike. You'll have to change to brake line, throttle cable, and clutch cable. The Kaptin has the wire kit, so you don't have to splice the wiring. I did run into a couple problem. First the speedometer bracket wouldn't clear the tank.
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    So I had to add 3/4'' spacers under the handle bars.
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    This gave it about 3/8'' clearance.
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    They do come back further, and look nice.
    Sorry I didn't get a picture of them.
     
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    Thank for adding :old2:
     
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    What year is Shain's bike? And do you know if the speedo bracket was the shorter or the longer one?
     
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    It's an 07. I don't remember any difference in the bracket, between the one that came with the bars, and the original one.
     
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    Ok I was thanking of the old tach bracket same setup just an inche longer.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/391021954918
    But wouldn't of helped for you just make things worse.
     
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    there was a service bulletin that covered changing the original narrow mount to a wider, more stable mount.
     
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    If they make a shorter bracket, it would bring it up off the tank, but I don't remember if there is enough room between the speedometer and the handle bars. Maybe Blacktopper will that a picture of his set up.
     
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    I think you use the shorter bracket I was just letting people know there are options for the K9 for us vertically challenged people.
     
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    Search "handlebars" in Front end and Handlebars with Blacktopper as poster. A detailed how-to with parts list, etc is there. He had to use a new speedo bracket. I recall it was almost identical to stock, but not enough clearance for the tank.
     
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    I did this last year on my K-9 and love it and I am not in the vertically challenged category as I am 5' 11" but it does allow a much more comfortable position for me.

    One of the best upgrades I've done.
     
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    And I went the opposite, changed K9 bar to Chopper bar. Gives my long arms more room and I'm not leaning back. Easier on my back, not to mention the tailbone on longer trips... If I remember right Chopper bar moves controls about an inch further.


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    This is what mine looks like after Shannon got done with heron you want pics at any certain angles, PM me a cell # and ill text you whatever you want. 50135647295__52879506-514B-4F0E-A2A5-984E2B809386.JPG
     
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    Nice looking ride Shain.
    :hi:
     
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    I didn't see any handlebars am I looking at the wrong pictures?


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    Bike looks great Shain, I have shared your story with all of our riding group. I couldn't imagine the "oh shit" feeling when you saw that deer and knew there was no stopping..must feel great having the bike back. Shannon did one hell of a job. :old2:
     
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    any shorter guys out there with k9s want to trade bars for my 2008 pitbulls? I been looking for a set of bars with less pull back and would rather stick with oem big dog bars to avoid a headache then go with something custom.:old2:
     
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