HOW TO: Install Drag Bars on Harley-Davidson Sportster

  • Published on Jan 24, 2017
  • How To Install Drag Bars and Grips! Parts used:
    J&P Cycles 1″ Black Drag Bars (Knurled / Dimpled / 4.5" pullback)
    Arlen Ness Black Fusion Grips:
    Joker Machine Handlebar Clamp:
    Blue Loctite 243 Threadlocker (removable)
    I've had MANY people asking me over the last few weeks, "Have you installed your drag bars yet? Are you going to make a 'How To' video?" The answer: Yes! Finally installed them, and here's the walkthrough for installing drag bars on an Iron 883 Sportster (and models similar to the 2013.)
    Firstly, I apologize if it's a little choppy and the camera angles aren't the best, as I was having technical difficulties, and actually went back to re-record some parts for you all. (The GoPro has been sent back for warranty repairs!)
    Seems like it would be a pretty simple process, and once you've gone through it once, it is, but please be mindful of refitting everything together, and make sure everything lines up. The handlebars are the controls of your bike, pretty important stuff! Double check, and then triple check that you've reinstalled everything correctly when complete!
    Should be common knowledge but I'll say it anyways; You should be using Loctite on the appropriate screws and bolts, as well as torquing things back down to factory spec. Be mindful of your torque specs!
    As always, thanks for tuning in, and if you have any questions, please feel free to post in the comments section below, and I'll answer to the best of my abilities.
    Thanks again, and ride safe out there!
    Useful links:
    If you're considering doing this and looking for a great in-depth how to video covering the grips, please check out the following video! Would highly recommend watching this video regarding the throttle cables, this guy runs a great channel!
    Delboy's Garage: Bar Grip Change

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Comments • 147

  • Eddie664121
    Eddie664121 17 days ago

    Will this work on a 2019 iron 883?

  • erikdravn
    erikdravn 17 days ago

    Hey Blockhead. Longtime viewer, first-time commenter (not really, I've commented before, but it's an old saying). I'm going to be doing this exact swap out next weekend. Not drag bars but a mini-ape set. I want to sit a bit more upright when I ride my 2016 Iron 883. Please wish me luck. It's my first ever mod.

  • David Santos
    David Santos 29 days ago

    Those risers on the bar are they stock with the bike or did you add that?

  • cewbacca36
    cewbacca36 Month ago

    Hey. Use compressed air to blow off the handles.

    • cewbacca36
      cewbacca36 Month ago

      And you don't need to loosen the throttle cabels. Attatch the handle before you mount the bar.

  • Jeff N
    Jeff N Month ago

    Hey blockhead I got an iron 883 as well and installed the kuryakyn kinetic grips but had an issue with the clutch side the glue provided that was the black widow adhesive i used to glue the clutch side, I believe I glued it on incorrectly and now my grip is loose on the inside but I can not remove the grip as the glue has set on the outer side. I tried using a screw driver, wd40 and it still stuck? Is there anything i can do to remove it without destroying the grip? Spent $100 on them. Don't want to have to buy another set.

  • paul orta
    paul orta Month ago

    I have a 48 special. I’ve been wanting drag bars . But Harley wants to charge 300 so my question is the bars on the 883 are the same size as mine if so I wouldn’t need to swap cables right I could theoretically just get exactly what you did and do it myself ? Thanks in advance and thanks for all the great content

  • paul orta
    paul orta Month ago

    And the hd store was gonna charge me 300.00....thanks bloc

  • larry melroy
    larry melroy 2 months ago

    What length of throttle cable did you use for the drag bars?

  • justice13ful
    justice13ful 2 months ago

    good video. hey man what kind of blinkers are those? do they change color from amber to clear? pretty dope .

  • Morgan Fidelity Associates

    Which exhaust is that?

  • Michael Uresti
    Michael Uresti 2 months ago

    Hey blockhead, do you remember to torque specs for the hanldbar clamp?...

  • Schraubtischtäter
    Schraubtischtäter 2 months ago +1

    You can also use some zip ties instead of the screwdriver for removing the left grip. Just push them in and pull the grip off. Won't scratch your bars 😉

  • Luis Villalba
    Luis Villalba 2 months ago

    Badass 883!!!

  • this is keverything
    this is keverything 3 months ago +4

    I like the sword noise when ya pull the new bars out. Hahaha. Nice, man.

  • MegaVydra
    MegaVydra 4 months ago

    Again nice video thanks. I hope you do not mind I'm building the same Iron :) Please ask what saddle do you have , looks good. Can I link? Greetings from the Czech republic.

  • sumit chakraborty
    sumit chakraborty 6 months ago

    im thinking of flipping the mirrors in my superlow. due to the tank size im bit skeptical if replacing the default bars with iron's default bars be helpful or not. any suggestion will be much helpful.

  • Chris Carter
    Chris Carter 6 months ago

    Great video! Thanks for posting. God bless.

  • kemnik1
    kemnik1 7 months ago

    Do you like how they feel? Are they much wider hand placement than stock? I’m hoping not. Looks awesome man.

  • William A.
    William A. 8 months ago

    Sorry if you already answered, but did you end up rising the bars? I think you had mentioned hunching over a bit for the drag bars and was curious to know if you did or not. I wanted to do the same to my iron but wasn't sure if I should just go with the rised drag bars. Thanks!

  • Mike Ehrmantraut
    Mike Ehrmantraut 8 months ago

    hi man, what is the air cleaner on the bike?

  • beniaminv
    beniaminv 9 months ago

    Did you have to mess with the stem bolt at all? Or is it just the Harley Drag Bars you have to do that with?

  • christian lay
    christian lay 9 months ago

    Hey blockhead! I’m after those drag bars for my 2018 iron 883 but jp cycles’ page is telling me they won’t fit on the bike? Should I disregard and order them anyways?

  • pmay222
    pmay222 9 months ago

    Loosen the bars and slide them side to side to make fitting removing controls much easier. .

  • Matthew Carpenter
    Matthew Carpenter 10 months ago

    Hey blockhead. What type of blinkers and led running lights and headlight is that? And can you do a tutorial on how you chopped the rear end and did your tail lights please

  • Ladosligese
    Ladosligese 10 months ago

    use air to remove the handlegrips ? would be nice and fast then unless its glued on ofc did you ever consider some lifters on her ? :)

  • Martin Gonzalez
    Martin Gonzalez 10 months ago

    I tried to change my bars to a drag bar but I have troubleshooting​, my bike won't turn on, the lights are the ONLY thing that turns on. pls help

  • ah oo
    ah oo 10 months ago

    do you have any suggestions regarding drag bars for 2010 48

  • Timothy C
    Timothy C 10 months ago

    how you do feel about buying a separate throttle tube and biltwell $17 grips?

  • Doug L
    Doug L 11 months ago

    Where did you get the switch backs

  • Justin Perdun
    Justin Perdun Year ago +1

    Really good informative vid like always brother.

  • FueledByDiesel
    FueledByDiesel Year ago

    @blockhead what headlight is that?

  • Robby Nolan
    Robby Nolan Year ago +1

    literally have that same exact tool set lol. i recognized the screw driver and bit set

  • AdrianVino
    AdrianVino Year ago

    Can you do a video on how to lower the suspension on the iron 883, please? Can’t seem to find a video for that aaanywhere.

  • nick viles
    nick viles Year ago

    I didn't know you super glued that left grip. I thought Amazon sent me the wrong grips😞. Thanks for the tutorial. Even if you don't have this bike anymore!

  • Raw Tee
    Raw Tee Year ago

    That was chill

  • Portugal
    Portugal Year ago

    I'm having trouble putting back the brake and clutch housing part the electrical wiring it's in the way , I checked on the original handlebars they got some kind of groove in the bottom side ,is there a solution??

  • Steven Wagner
    Steven Wagner Year ago

    I’m a new owner of a Sporty. I would like to do the drag bars similar as you. how long did it take to do bars/grips?

  • Jonathan Berrios
    Jonathan Berrios Year ago

    did you keep the stock throttle cables, clutch cables and brake lines with the drag bars?

  • Dennis Kelley
    Dennis Kelley Year ago

    Hey Blockhead, I really want to have drag bars like yours but currently my bike has mini-apes. Do you know how much it would cost to get drag bars like yours with the new wiring and everything else if I did it myself?
    If you do reply, I would REALLY appreciate it!!!!!!

  • don gomez
    don gomez Year ago

    Hi BLOCKHEAD! Great Video.. you showed the "direct bolt-on series", where did you use it on this video. And, i'd like to know if there are some issues replacing stock handlebar to drag bar pertaining to all the cables. and if so, what are they?

  • milosh Gtiffin
    milosh Gtiffin Year ago +2

    Great instructional video as always!!

  • jofal62
    jofal62 Year ago

    you don't take any precaution for the brake lever ?

  • Marcus A
    Marcus A Year ago

    Hey Blockhead, your bike looks awesome!! I would like to install a dragbar too. The stock handlebar width is 30 inch and it works alright riding between cars, not to hit the cars side mirrors, as I often need to ride between them in town. I am thinking about installing the khrome werks 27.23 inch dragbar. Khrome Werks Harley XL Sportster 883 & 1200. 27.23 inch is quite short. What are your thoughts on these? What kind of complications will it give? Maybe the left signal light will touch the relocated speedometer when I turn it left full? The reviews in JP cycles are good for this drag bar. Appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you.

  • Tj Hultquist
    Tj Hultquist Year ago

    Looking good. Can you show me how to tighten a blinker? Mine move really freely.

  • daniel13mills
    daniel13mills Year ago

    @blockhead I have the same headlight cover as you did on your iron buddy, mine has paint scratched and can't find a replacement anywhere. Does it have a specific name? Could really do with your help buddy. Thanks Dan

  • S B
    S B Year ago

    Very good✌🖒

  • ItsBeek24
    ItsBeek24 Year ago

    Love the drag bars! I wanted to know how your turn signal lights were bright white then changed when turn signals were applied? If you could link me to the stuff used that would be great👍🏻

  • streetstunna600
    streetstunna600 Year ago

    Dang, Bars are out of stock right now!!!

  • jjr2sticks
    jjr2sticks Year ago

    Good job thanks going to do the same on my 2017 Forty Eight

  • lowheartrate
    lowheartrate Year ago +1

    Question; I also have Iron 883 and do I need all the extra parts you used if I have NOT relocated my speedometer or can I just purchase the drag bars themselves and just swap those out with my current bars?

      BLOCKHEAD  Year ago

      +lowheartrate Should be able to do just the bars 👍🏼

    RENATOUSA 2 years ago

    Hey dude, I love your channel. I think the jpcycles change the handlebar stock # J&P Part: 7500235. Maybe I will get one too. ;)

  • Daniel Calles
    Daniel Calles 2 years ago

    Do you think this set up would work with the Harley 4.5 gallon tank?

  • Dustin Dahlin
    Dustin Dahlin 2 years ago

    Do you have to order a new handlebar clamp?

  • DeadOnion
    DeadOnion 2 years ago

    Bad Ass!! Nice vid, awesome scoot!

  • Bruno joao
    Bruno joao 2 years ago

    the Jp drag bars are on back order for months , which for me will be the whole riding season in NJ . Do you know of any other comparable bars , i like that fact that they are over 30 inches wide. with 4 inch pull back.

  • Ben cartoon
    Ben cartoon 2 years ago

    Could you give me the size of your handlebars

    • Steven Wagner
      Steven Wagner Year ago

      djacks cartoon 36”, 1” diameter, 4.5 degree pullback

  • Ben cartoon
    Ben cartoon 2 years ago +1

    super vidéo le guidon mesure combien

  • Nory
    Nory 2 years ago +1

    pretty sure I'm going to put in my order today for these bars and grips. looks great man!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      Thanks! They feel great, too. Happy installing! :)

  • Mike Trin
    Mike Trin 2 years ago

    What is the height for those risers? Are they stock? Do you have a part number? My Iron came with a 3-4 inch riser on it and I want to drop the height to what you have.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +Mike Trin Doesn't have risers, mounted straight to the clamp

  • scott getty
    scott getty 2 years ago

    Just bought an 2017 iron, basically most of the changes I want to have a vid for.. good work man, keep it up 👍

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      +scott getty Nice! Glad to help :)

  • raiders1144
    raiders1144 2 years ago +1

    will these drag bars fit a 2015 Sportster 48?

    • raiders1144
      raiders1144 2 years ago

      On the site it said they didn't fit. It's cool I just ordered the HD drag bars for $89. You have a nice looking bike bro.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      I think so, as they're 1", but double check the fitment guide on the site!

  • Stephen Johnson
    Stephen Johnson 2 years ago

    Have you got the info for the front indicators, really like the daytime running light in the indicator.

    • Stephen Johnson
      Stephen Johnson 2 years ago

      Just checked, mine only has 2 wire indicators, 2012 Iron plus I'm in Australia so possibly different for that?
      Will need to research a little to make sure I get the correct gear.

  • Justin h
    Justin h 2 years ago

    is it possible to keep the instrument cluster on top instead of relocating to the side of the bike?

  • Wecanhelp
    Wecanhelp 2 years ago +1

    use hairspray when putting grips on and let it dry

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      Good method, heard that from Delboy's Garage :)

  • KanekiKantBuild
    KanekiKantBuild 2 years ago

    Hey blockhead I was wondering if your 883 is a good starter for someone who has ridden a scooter/moped for 2years

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      Depends on your comfort level. If you're used to riding a scooter for 2 years, then you've got the basics down. Whether the bike fits you or not is up to you to decide, go to a dealership and sit on one to find out. After that, if it does, I'd say yes, it'd be a good starter, maybe even something bigger if you're comfortable enough w/ riding around in traffic.

  • Chris McAtee
    Chris McAtee 2 years ago

    @BLOCKHEAD do you still like your drag bars or are they too low for you? I'm 6'2" riding a nighster, love how the drag bars look, but worried about comfort a bit. Keep the vids up!

    • Chris McAtee
      Chris McAtee 2 years ago

      BLOCKHEAD I got really long arms almost like I could reach him without leaning but not quite sure. thanks for the reply though I'll let you know how it works out

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      Yeah I like em. I'm 5'10" though, so not sure how the extra height would factor in. Compared to the new R6 I got, the drag bars are a walk in the park compared to the clip ons, haha

  • korbin varney
    korbin varney 2 years ago +1

    do u still have the bike

  • ConditionRed
    ConditionRed 2 years ago

    Why do you want a little play on the throttle

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      You want it to reset to zero when you let it go, hence the play. If it doesn't and you tighten too much to where it's at say like 5% when letting go, it'll never actually be at correct resting idle, and/or when letting off of it while on the road, it'll stay accelerating to a certain extent.

  • LayNwastE4
    LayNwastE4 2 years ago +1

    someone buy this guy a work bench/ table to layout his parts on! keep up the good videos!

    • streetstunna600
      streetstunna600 Year ago

      BLOCKHEAD those little $29.99 harbor freight roll around red carts are awesome for projects like this!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +2

      But if anyone wants to donate towards a work bench / table, then by all means! haha

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      lol, there is a table in the garage, I just use the stools sometimes so the parts are within arms reach :)

  • Shawn Bernard
    Shawn Bernard 2 years ago +1

    Thanks for the videos .. I just finished up the work on my 48.

    • Michael Scott
      Michael Scott 10 months ago

      Did you order the same bars? Did they fit?

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +Shawn Bernard Nice! Grats :)

  • Andrew Juarez
    Andrew Juarez 2 years ago +1

    Hey @blockhead what kind of mirrors are those? I'm thinking about throwing some on my Street 750

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      They're the stock Iron 883 mirrors, flipped and reversed :)

  • Brayle Zuniga
    Brayle Zuniga 2 years ago +1

    Hey @blockhead I like the video! I appreciate all the how to videos, I had a question on the drag bars. I click on the link for the drag bars but the drag bars don't fit my bike. I have a 2016 iron 883. Does the handle bar that you bought will fit any 883 year?

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +2

      +Brayle Zuniga It should I imagine, so long as your bars are 1" bars, which I believe all Harley's are? Would call Harley just to confirm, but I believe they should fit

  • Megan Rutt
    Megan Rutt 2 years ago

    @blockhead I'm looking to get these handlebars and was wondering if you have to relocate your turn signals? I'm afraid if I keep them how they are on the stock bar, that they will hit the tank. Thanks!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      As the video shows after I have them on, there is plenty of clearance with the bars turned all the way to the left, and right. Best of luck!

  • Robbie O’Meara
    Robbie O’Meara 2 years ago +1

    I like the simplicity of an 883

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      +robbie omeara Same! No unnecessary bells and whistles.

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 years ago

    u lifted the tank

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 years ago

    video on milage plese

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 years ago +1

    my dreameeeee soon gonna on it ........ oh god help me to buy it

  • Justin Lee
    Justin Lee 2 years ago +12

    damn! i cant wait till i get an Iron 883... #life goals!
    good job on the project!

  • Mark Eagers
    Mark Eagers 2 years ago +1

    Nice video bud, liked and shared in Ireland ;-)

  • Mert
    Mert 2 years ago +2

    looks great, this is my dream bike :)

  • funguseater40
    funguseater40 2 years ago

    Hey Blockhead, very nice mod. Liking those bars and grips. Only thing I would have done different would be to use Copperslip on those control screws (but we probably need it more here in the UK than you do I guess !).

  • StrangerOfficial
    StrangerOfficial 2 years ago +2

    Drag bars! I've waited since video one. Awesome

  • Ian1911
    Ian1911 2 years ago

    How much does that headlight grille interfere with nighttime visibility?
    Looks great, but I ride at night a lot.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      Very minimal. You can see the slats projected on the road a little bit (mind you I have the Daymaker style LED headlight,) but even w/ the grille, I can still see fine, hardly even notice it. Watch the install vid I did on it, I ride around at night.

  • Kim Herrera
    Kim Herrera 2 years ago +1

    Love these how to videos. Makes it easy to follow

  • Killswitch Queen
    Killswitch Queen 2 years ago +4

    Drag bars make for an excellent aggressive feel to the ride, good stuff!! But I'd mention that when resetting your throttle cables, to make sure they aren't tight/loose when you fully turn the bars. And if someone is going from larger/longer bars they might need to get shorter cables. I went from drag bars to my pull-backs and completely forgot to order longer cables... felt so silly lol.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +2

      Definitely makes it feel more aggressive, responsive for sure! Didn't mention the cables as I was going from stock bars to drags, but I'm hoping people out there do their research beforehand if they want to go higher. Could definitely see how it might be an easy oversight, haha

  • Jesse Baskiewicz
    Jesse Baskiewicz 2 years ago +1

    great video, the 883 looking mean!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      +Jesse Baskiewicz Thanks Jesse!

  • SportsterDawg
    SportsterDawg 2 years ago +11

    Hey @blockhead. Looks really nice. Thanks for the how to vid. This is going to be my next mod on my iron. I'm trying to challenge myself to do mods only after every 1000 subs, a little game that I feel will make things interesting! The seat looks awesome too!

    • ThisIsGil
      ThisIsGil 2 years ago +1

      you, Blockhead, and I are going to end up having our bikes alike. I'm waiting for riding season to start to start doing all the mods on my Iron

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +5

      +SportsterDawg Thanks man! Does sounds interesting (1k subs / mod.) I'd have... 3 mods done to my bike if I waited, haha. Too slow for my pace. Best of luck man!

  • Dan A.
    Dan A. 2 years ago +1

    Great video. Definitely a fun tutorial to watch, though I doubt I'll be brave enough to try taking my Harley apart myself. Still nice watching people show their bikes love.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +Dan A. Thanks Dan! If you ever get brave enough, the tutorial will be here when you're ready! :)

  • Meryl Fabian
    Meryl Fabian 2 years ago +1

    Funny thing I lost the brass fitting on the throttle when I changed my grips. I couldn't find it for a few hours. The drag bar looks sick.

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago +1

      +Meryl Fabian Yeah you definitely have to be careful with those little brass parts, easy to drop and lose forever!

  • Giantmidgetmoto
    Giantmidgetmoto 2 years ago +1

    Yep, they look great, nicely done

  • BigBadWolfMoto
    BigBadWolfMoto 2 years ago +1

    Good job! Lookin' good too!

  • Sgt. Squeegee
    Sgt. Squeegee 2 years ago +1

    Hey blockhead your iron is really looking good. can't wait to see what u do next

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +burt spradlin Thanks Burt!

  • HDJeffA
    HDJeffA 2 years ago +1

    nice job!..was that throttle grip removal the grip install edited in reverse?

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +stratosjeff lol, no I actually re-recorded uninstalling the throttle side grip bc the original video angle I got was terrible. So, I uninstalled the new grip while re-recording at a better angle, and then reinstalled it again to get the shot for you guys ;)

  • Nick Simerson
    Nick Simerson 2 years ago +1

    I kinda miss my drag bars, but 10" zbars are more comfortable for long rides

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +Nick Simerson Yeah drags are definitely fit around town, mostly what I use the bike for 👍🏼

  • Doubledge007
    Doubledge007 2 years ago +1

    Looks sick! How you liking them?

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +Doubledge007 Thanks! So far so good, had to adjust a little. Will have the initial thoughts video up in a few days :)

  • sammyb_883
    sammyb_883 2 years ago +1

    Looks awesome bro

  • GuMpAkC
    GuMpAkC 2 years ago +3

    Really made the bike look aggressive!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +GuMpAkC Yeah man, gives it a really clean top line to it. I like it!

  • ALHD 48
    ALHD 48 2 years ago +1

    i just put the same grips on my sportster and i got the pegs and shifter too

    • ALHD 48
      ALHD 48 2 years ago

      No damage to shoes. Iuse tonhave hd black dimond. They dk up your shoes lol. Arlen ness ones are fine. And heaps of grip

      BLOCKHEAD  2 years ago

      +ALHD 48 I was thinking about pegs and shifter also, but wouldn't the knurling cause wear on the top of your shoes? I wear black boots for the most part, and the soft OEM rubber on the shift peg doesn't seem to have too much of an impact on the boot.

  • Vince LoPresti
    Vince LoPresti 2 years ago