HOW TO: Install Drag Bars on Harley-Davidson Sportster

  • Опубликовано: 24 янв 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 Changeвидео.html

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Комментарии • 145

  • MegaVydra
    MegaVydra 28 дней назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    Great video! Thanks for posting. God bless.

  • kemnik1
    kemnik1 3 месяца назад

    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. 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

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

  • beniaminv
    beniaminv 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Matthew Carpenter
    Matthew Carpenter 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    do you have any suggestions regarding drag bars for 2010 48

  • Timothy C
    Timothy C 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Doug L
    Doug L 7 месяцев назад

    Where did you get the switch backs

  • Justin Perdun
    Justin Perdun 8 месяцев назад +1

    Really good informative vid like always brother.

  • FueledByDiesel
    FueledByDiesel 8 месяцев назад

    @blockhead what headlight is that?

  • Robby Nolan
    Robby Nolan 9 месяцев назад +1

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

  • AdrianVino
    AdrianVino 9 месяцев назад

    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 11 месяцев назад

    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 11 месяцев назад

    That was chill

  • Estrada
    Estrada Год назад

    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 Год назад

    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 Год назад

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

  • Dennis Kelley
    Dennis Kelley Год назад

    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 Год назад

    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 Год назад +2

    Great instructional video as always!!

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

      +milosh Gtiffin Thanks!

  • jofal62
    jofal62 Год назад

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

  • Marcus A
    Marcus A Год назад

    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 Год назад

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

  • daniel13mills
    daniel13mills Год назад

    @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 Год назад

    Very good✌🖒

  • ItsBeek24
    ItsBeek24 Год назад

    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 Год назад

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

  • jjr2sticks
    jjr2sticks Год назад

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

  • lowheartrate
    lowheartrate Год назад +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  Год назад

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

    RENATOOI88 Год назад

    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 Год назад

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

  • Dustin Dahlin
    Dustin Dahlin Год назад

    Do you have to order a new handlebar clamp?

  • DeadOnion
    DeadOnion Год назад

    Bad Ass!! Nice vid, awesome scoot!

  • Bruno joao
    Bruno joao Год назад

    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 Год назад

    Could you give me the size of your handlebars

    • Steven Wagner
      Steven Wagner Год назад

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

  • Ben cartoon
    Ben cartoon Год назад +1

    super vidéo le guidon mesure combien

  • Nory
    Nory Год назад +1

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

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

  • Mike Trin
    Mike Trin Год назад

    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  Год назад

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

  • scott getty
    scott getty Год назад

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад +1

      +scott getty Nice! Glad to help :)

  • raiders1144
    raiders1144 Год назад +1

    will these drag bars fit a 2015 Sportster 48?

    • raiders1144
      raiders1144 Год назад

      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  Год назад

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

  • Stephen Johnson
    Stephen Johnson Год назад

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

    • Stephen Johnson
      Stephen Johnson Год назад

      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 Год назад

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

  • Wecanhelp
    Wecanhelp Год назад +1

    use hairspray when putting grips on and let it dry

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

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

  • Strxnge Boi
    Strxnge Boi Год назад

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

      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 Год назад

    @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 Год назад

      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  Год назад +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 Год назад +1

    do u still have the bike

  • ConditionRed
    ConditionRed Год назад

    Why do you want a little play on the throttle

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

      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 Год назад +1

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

    • streetstunna600
      streetstunna600 Год назад

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад +2

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад +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 Год назад +1

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

    • Michael Scott
      Michael Scott 6 месяцев назад

      Did you order the same bars? Did they fit?

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

      +Shawn Bernard Nice! Grats :)

  • Andrew Juarez
    Andrew Juarez Год назад +1

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

      BLOCKHEAD  Год назад

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

  • Brayle Zuniga
    Brayle Zuniga 2 года назад +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 года назад +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 года назад

    @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 года назад

      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 omeara
    robbie omeara 2 года назад +1

    I like the simplicity of an 883

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад +1

      +robbie omeara Same! No unnecessary bells and whistles.

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 года назад

    u lifted the tank

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 года назад

    video on milage plese

  • Durai Raj
    Durai Raj 2 года назад +1

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

  • Justin Becerra
    Justin Becerra 2 года назад +11

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

  • Mark Eagers
    Mark Eagers 2 года назад +1

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

  • Mert
    Mert 2 года назад +2

    looks great, this is my dream bike :)

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад +1

      Thanks Mert :)

  • funguseater40
    funguseater40 2 года назад

    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 года назад +2

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

  • Ian1911
    Ian1911 2 года назад

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

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

      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 года назад +1

    Love these how to videos. Makes it easy to follow

  • Killswitch Queen
    Killswitch Queen 2 года назад +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 года назад +1

      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 года назад +1

    great video, the 883 looking mean!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад +1

      +Jesse Baskiewicz Thanks Jesse!

  • SportsterDawg
    SportsterDawg 2 года назад +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 года назад +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 года назад +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 года назад +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 года назад

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

  • Meryl Fabian
    Meryl Fabian 2 года назад +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 года назад +1

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

  • Giantmidgetmoto
    Giantmidgetmoto 2 года назад +1

    Yep, they look great, nicely done

  • BigBadWolfMoto
    BigBadWolfMoto 2 года назад +1

    Good job! Lookin' good too!

  • Sgt. Squeegee
    Sgt. Squeegee 2 года назад +1

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

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

      +burt spradlin Thanks Burt!

  • HDJeffA
    HDJeffA 2 года назад +1

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

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

      +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 года назад +1

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

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

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

  • Doubledge007
    Doubledge007 2 года назад +1

    Looks sick! How you liking them?

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

      +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 года назад +1

    Looks awesome bro

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

      +sammyb_883 Thanks man!

  • GuMpAkC
    GuMpAkC 2 года назад +3

    Really made the bike look aggressive!

      BLOCKHEAD  2 года назад

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

  • ALHD 48
    ALHD 48 2 года назад +1

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

    • ALHD 48
      ALHD 48 2 года назад

      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 года назад

      +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 года назад