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    Default forward controlls on 1980 IH

    recently purchased a hard tai 1980 ironhead 1000.im wanting to put forward controls on it and wondering are there any direct bolt on kits?

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    Guessin' that's a pic of it in your avatar. Is it a stock front frame section or a custom hardtail frame? Can you post closeup pics of both sides where you want to mount the forwards?

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    Yup, every catalog with Harley parts has a set
    They all suck.
    There are a couple of crossover years that won't have a direct fit.
    You'll just have to get one and modify it... Welcome to choppers.

    I get to test ride lots of wonkey set ups, and let me tell you...

    Apes and forwards is a horrible combination, you will be one big kite. Wind sliding you off the seat. Holding on for dear life.
    White knuckling unwanted steering input...

    The bike in your profile pic, yes?
    Even worse on on a rigid, all your weight will be in the seat. You will feel every bump/hole in the road.
    And that sprung saddle will just springboard you onto the tank constantly.

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    so sounds like recommendation by someone who knows is leave mids and add a small straight highway bar?

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    yes avatar is the bike,i will have to get more pics later...maybe ill leave mids alone and add a straight highway bar

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    trying to post some more pics,give me a second....

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    ran forwards and low drag bars for decades...usually can see the bumps, pull up off the seat, 'standing' on the forwards and say, "sorry bike",...whamo! and sometimes you don't see 'em...wowch, truly sorry for the bike then.

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    Ergonomics is an important thing. So you got to set up to fit YOUR body and riding style.
    Just trying to save you from being the dude that "had to lay her down" 'cause you had no way to control your machine.

    Highway bar will definitely help on long rides.

    Mids and a rigid are tough too. Knees up and all that.
    I'd change those exhaust pipes and Fab a set of controls somewhere between mids and forwards...
    I think choppers with close fitting narrow footboards rock!
    Find or make a rigid saddle and run whatever handlebars you like. As long as your hands stay at or below your heart. Keeps the blood in your fingers...
    Wide bars give you leverage. I shoot for shoulder width.
    And you don't want to be straight arming it either.

    Have you rode rigid frame bikes before?
    Keep your rear tire kinda low pressure , like 20 something pounds. Keep a tube in it, even if you seal to a tubeless style rim.
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    Pics
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    Also gonna lower back fender onto wheel,they have it up like this due to adding stop light under fender,will be putting one above my plate..any seat recommendations are welcome also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky View Post
    Ergonomics is an important thing. So you got to set up to fit YOUR body and riding style.
    Just trying to save you from being the dude that "had to lay her down" 'cause you had no way to control your machine.

    Highway bar will definitely help on long rides.

    Mids and a rigid are tough too. Knees up and all that.
    I'd change those exhaust pipes and Fab a set of controls somewhere between mids and forwards...
    I think choppers with close fitting narrow footboards rock!
    Find or make a rigid saddle and run whatever handlebars you like.

    Have you rode rigid frame bikes before?
    yes ridden plenty in my 30 yrs of riding

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    also switching to some staggered pipes
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    Nice looking bike
    I dig that dual disk

    The Leperra signature II seat is my all-time favorite
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    more pics...any suggestions or ideas appreciated...couldn't pass up the buy on this
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    [QUOTE=Sky;808202]Nice looking bike
    I dig that dual disk

    The Leperra signature II seat is my all
    that looks good..wonder if something like that would be hard to fit on mine

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    started dual disc in 1980 I believe

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    Gma or modern calipers and master cylinder would make those dual disks STOP!

    Yeah, that rear fender is a bit off
    Is that big red batt cable secured away from the chain lol?

    And what carb is under that giant S&S teardrop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriNortchopz View Post
    ran forwards and low drag bars for decades...usually can see the bumps, pull up off the seat, 'standing' on the forwards and say, "sorry bike",...whamo! and sometimes you don't see 'em...wowch, truly sorry for the bike then.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky View Post
    Gma or modern calipers and master cylinder would make those dual disks STOP!

    Yeah, that rear fender is a bit off
    Is that big red batt cable secured away from the chain lol?

    And what carb is under that giant S&S teardrop?
    fender easy fix,they have it up for light clearance..the batt cable is secured better than it looks lol,and under tear drop....FLUX CAPACITOR

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    And what's going on with that rear caliper...is that long rod with heim joints intended to keep the caliper from rotating? Need a tab mount on the frame at right angle (or close) to the rotation, close to the caliper...and maybe re-route that brake hose while you're there.

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