HOW TO: Install Z Bars on Harley-Davidson Sportster

  • Опубликовано: 15 янв 2018
  • How to install Z Bars, grips, and new brake line on the Harley Sportster!
    Ms. Blockhead didn't like the stock bars on the Harley 48, and loved the look and feel of Z Bars. So she decided on a height, I ordered everything we needed and surprised her with parts for Christmas! We installed the Z Bars soon after!
    - Z Bars 8”:
    - Arlen Ness Grips:
    - Burly Cable Kit:
    - Brake line only:
    - Brake Bleeder Pump (Stockton):
    - Brake Bleeder Pump (cheaper):
    - DOT 4 Brake Fluid (Motul):
    - WD-40:
    - Blue Thread locker:
    - Magnetic Bowl:
    - Torx Bits:
    - Hex Bit Sockets (SAE):
    - Shop Towels:
    The process should be nearly identical for most Sportsters. I know my 2013 Iron 883 was the exact same (except I installed drag bars so I didn't have to change the brake line.) The bike worked on in the video is a 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 48. Based on your make and model year, your experience may vary. Please note the disclaimer below*
    As always, thanks for tuning in! Be sure to Like / Comment / Subscribe!
    Till next time, ride safe out there, & stay vigilant!

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Комментарии • 152

  • Bloodnuke67 _
    Bloodnuke67 _ 10 дней назад

    Okay so i just bought my new 883 in new Smyrna and confused about the bars, it has 2 inch risers with drag bars, what do i need to buy to replace the risers and put the z bars on?

  • Oscar Madera
    Oscar Madera Месяц назад

    Have you dealt with bars that are internally wired

  • Cali Sali
    Cali Sali Месяц назад

    great can you do my sportster? lol i have a superlow and want that exACT SIZE LOOKS CLEAN

  • hooeetube
    hooeetube 2 месяца назад

    Nice job!

  • montechristo0214
    montechristo0214 2 месяца назад

    Hey,you know what is the highest rise i can use without change any cables?iron xl883n abs 2017?thanks. Nice vid.

  • MTBAjK 610
    MTBAjK 610 3 месяца назад

    The cable you linked for just a brake line, will it work on a 2017 883 iron? Listing says no but how different could it be? Can't find an individual longer cable without going to a HD dealer.

  • Leonardo Colon
    Leonardo Colon 3 месяца назад

    Cool Mrs Block is left handed like my Queen is. We also work very well together. It is refreshing to see couples do projects together. Awesome stuff, Awesome video. Thank you

  • Angel Hernandez
    Angel Hernandez 4 месяца назад

    With the 8 inch bars cant you just unbolt the stock brake line and reroute and should work, brake line would just be loose

  • Paul O'Neal
    Paul O'Neal 4 месяца назад

    Do you think these would fit my Street Rod?

  • Bud
    Bud 4 месяца назад

    Definitly looks better than drag bar. You did a good job. And thanks for advices.

  • Chris Cichy
    Chris Cichy 4 месяца назад

    Hey man got a question from ya or anyone with more knowledge then me lol. Currently have 16” bars wanting to switch to 12” guessing I would have to get new clutch and brake cables or could I use the same ones ?

  • mike whipple
    mike whipple 4 месяца назад

    You really should be asjusting your clutch cable and at the hub

  • andy somerville
    andy somerville 4 месяца назад

    hey guys thanks for the video , started watching your channel about a year ago and yesterday bought my very own nightster 1200
    my first Harley you guys had a hand in that, love the channel

  • Dennis Fillion
    Dennis Fillion 4 месяца назад +1

    Hey SIR Blockhead so all u did was change the brake line cool

  • Steven Line
    Steven Line 4 месяца назад

    Great video...Wished you were my neighbor, to help me with

  • Robert Slaughter
    Robert Slaughter 5 месяцев назад +1

    I like the Revzilla beard scale reference

  • Brandon Walker
    Brandon Walker 5 месяцев назад

    Did you have issues with the mirrors hitting the gas tank?

  • Alfred Paynita
    Alfred Paynita 5 месяцев назад

    Does the handle bar need to be dimpled or not? I am upgrading my 2015 48 Sporster and shopping around bars. Thank you!

  • 1topfueldrag
    1topfueldrag 5 месяцев назад

    Good job nice bike

  • Macdude Rider
    Macdude Rider 5 месяцев назад

    Great video! Looks like you used the “10 inch cable kit. I can’t seem to find the “10 inch cables for Sportster 48.... the sites seem to all say they won’t fit. Which one did you order. Thanks

  • Andrew Marquez
    Andrew Marquez 6 месяцев назад +1

    Hey man I was just wondering if this would be same for installing apes on my '10 iron 883 sportster? Thanks

    • Andrew Marquez
      Andrew Marquez 6 месяцев назад

      BLOCKHEAD thank you! So you didn't have to heat shrink/sodder? Just making sure. Bars comin in tonight!

      BLOCKHEAD  6 месяцев назад +1

      Yup! Should be just about the same 👍🏼

  • West Nile
    West Nile 6 месяцев назад

    Would you have to change any fluids or lubricants if changing clutch cable??

  • Rorik Uthgard
    Rorik Uthgard 7 месяцев назад +3

    Easier way to install the throttle side instead of taking it apart is
    1. Remove left side controls and grip (if keeping same grip)
    2. Loosen right controls (do not remove yet)
    3. Take off handlebar clamp (middle part)
    4. Take handlebars off and right side controls should slide off in one piece
    5. Then do reverse
    slide right side controls onto new bars
    Put bars on middle clamp tighten down then install your left side and adjust other screws and clamps as needed before standing bars completely upright

  • Dustin Gray
    Dustin Gray 7 месяцев назад

    This is awesome, thank you! Definitely switching to these bars when I get a 48.

  • narco831envy
    narco831envy 7 месяцев назад

    Never mind I know what handlebars now. Lol

  • arnold321ful
    arnold321ful 7 месяцев назад

    This guy is like the motorcycle version of ChrisFix

  • Herique Souto
    Herique Souto 7 месяцев назад


  • Jon Bonjovi
    Jon Bonjovi 8 месяцев назад

    So the little brass piece. Does the solid part face towards you or away from you when you put everything back on?

  • Bubbyis12
    Bubbyis12 8 месяцев назад

    How long was the brake line?

  • Adrian Wong
    Adrian Wong 8 месяцев назад

    Are they comfortable? I'm looking for a set of Z bars with some pullback aswell. Thanks

  • Tyler Hughes
    Tyler Hughes 9 месяцев назад

    Your 'how to' videos and so fucking clean. 10/10

  • pim1234
    pim1234 10 месяцев назад

    WD40... tssss

  • Eric Delacruz
    Eric Delacruz 10 месяцев назад

    how long was the new brake cable ?

  • Jason Vanderbilt
    Jason Vanderbilt 10 месяцев назад

    wanted to know the diameter of the grips you installed

  • The Viking Biker
    The Viking Biker 10 месяцев назад

    Looks great! how did you set the angle of the bars? was it just personal preference or did you try them out?

  • David S
    David S 10 месяцев назад

    Loved the video..

  • lMrFresno559l
    lMrFresno559l 10 месяцев назад

    How many miles did you put on that Iron before you sold her?

  • grave1er
    grave1er 10 месяцев назад

    Ima pure blockhead fan

  • The Ryan8er
    The Ryan8er 10 месяцев назад

    Blockhead do you think you can fit 10 inch z bars on with the stock cables just change the brake line

    • The Ryan8er
      The Ryan8er 10 месяцев назад

      BLOCKHEAD ok thanks

      BLOCKHEAD  10 месяцев назад

      Eeeeeh you'd be really pushing it. I highly doubt it though, b/c the throttle cables were nearly at their max with this install.

  • madfzr
    madfzr 10 месяцев назад

    Nice vid block. Question i want to get 6in Z bars on my '17 xl1200x. Pretty sure the stock brake cable will reach. What brand bars did you go with?

    • madfzr
      madfzr 10 месяцев назад

      BLOCKHEAD thanks. Are u guys happy with the ryca brand? And the 8 in over the 6 inch z bars?

      BLOCKHEAD  10 месяцев назад +1

      Link in description

  • E Davila
    E Davila 10 месяцев назад

    Thanks for the video! I just orderd a set of 8' z bars for my wifes 06 sportster 1200L i see that ill only have to change the front brake line what size do i need? And where can i get just a brake line? Thanks in advance for any info! Have a good day.

      BLOCKHEAD  10 месяцев назад +1

      Glad the vid helped! Check the description for links for everything, including the brake line only 👍🏼

  • The Ryan8er
    The Ryan8er 11 месяцев назад

    Do you think the stock clutch line will fit 10 inch bars

  • Chris Cichy
    Chris Cichy 11 месяцев назад

    Got a question for ya boss not the best or most knowledgeable guy with motorcycles as I am new to them. For the new break lines and such what would you prefer is a good time to get new ones ?

  • jeff hembury
    jeff hembury 11 месяцев назад

    Should of routed that throttle cable back behind the fork. Looks like crab in front of the turn indicator. Just my 2 cents. Great video.

  • Oscar Madera
    Oscar Madera 11 месяцев назад

    Hell yeah great vid!! I was just looking to replace my bars and was worried about the cables but this video just cleared it all up!! Great work!!!

  • Corey Reeb
    Corey Reeb 11 месяцев назад

    Hey man, any info on your front headlight setup without using the classic sportster visor? Looks great, thanks!

  • Richard Delotta
    Richard Delotta 11 месяцев назад

    I used this vid to help do the bars on my bike. Thanks for what you do

  • Yudhistira Baso
    Yudhistira Baso 11 месяцев назад

    Can you make instruction video for z dragbars wiring installation.. i will very appreciate it..

  • Raw Tee
    Raw Tee 11 месяцев назад

    I like the Z bars much better than the Drag bars
    Hey great video!

    THEBIGCHULETA 11 месяцев назад

    Wish I could have seen this when I did my 48! Great bike.

  • zac shares
    zac shares Год назад

    hey blockhead, how was the quality of these bars? i was gonna order some for my 48 at 12'' and wasn't sure if i should save a lil and get these or drop more and get licks or other known brands. thanks

  • Chris Correll
    Chris Correll Год назад

    How is he liking those bars? I like the way they look but I always wonder how they effect the feel of the bike for a newer rider.

  • JT H
    JT H Год назад


  • The Ryan8er
    The Ryan8er Год назад

    Yooooooooooo can you answer my question

  • 883 Iron
    883 Iron Год назад

    So the only cable you had to change wa the brake line

  • salazarj1
    salazarj1 Год назад

    I just got a set of these bars from a friend that had them laying around and didn't need them. I have a '17 48. Do you think I would only need the brake line as well?

    • nasomaz
      nasomaz 11 месяцев назад

      I also ordered the keystone xl which are 8.5 inch rise. I heard you can unmount the break line from its bracket and rerount the line behind the headlight. if you still have no room you can bend the metal part to make it straight. This should do it on the 17 48. Now I am far from an expert I got this by reading reviews, I hope my install will go smooth once I get to in end of spring.

  • The Ryan8er
    The Ryan8er Год назад

    Do you know what size the stock bars are ? I’m trying to figure out the height difference

  • The Royal Q
    The Royal Q Год назад

    What’s up Blockhead question I have 14 iron I want to instal 10” mini apes on it. What cables do I need?

  • The Ryan8er
    The Ryan8er Год назад

    Hey blockhead I was wondering how much taller than stock the 8 inch bars are ?

  • Clint Roberts
    Clint Roberts Год назад

    Hey, Blockhead. How do you like those Ryco Handlebars? Are they manufactured in the U.S.? Any warranty?

  • Hudimus Maximus
    Hudimus Maximus Год назад

    Nice, and I know how to bleed brakes now! lol

  • Franz Fremont
    Franz Fremont Год назад

    Good video! Z bars look great!!! I'm getting some for my Yamaha bolt.

  • James Mike
    James Mike Год назад

    To properly adjust the throttle cables you need to pull the air filter to see the butterfly valve in the carb or throttle body btw. There's probably videos on RU-clip to show you how.

  • Jacob James
    Jacob James Год назад

    Great work. Up next should be an exhaust system or a set of slip on mufflers.

  • Redwood Penguin Club
    Redwood Penguin Club Год назад

    Should have gotten the frisco bars...

  • Adam Stainer
    Adam Stainer Год назад

    Love how involved Miss Blockhead is, after my wedding and honeymoon March/April 2018 (in Davenport FL!) I’m hoping to get a 48 and an 883 for the Mrs and I. Not so easy finding an abundance of Harley’s over here in England without blowing huge bucks. We’re 26 and 23, I’ve only ever owned an R6 and the fiancé isn’t so keen on riding....Keep up the good work you two, every video of the two of you is ammunition for me to use on her:)

  • Dan O'Seaghdha
    Dan O'Seaghdha Год назад +1

    (Friendly ribbing / jealousy to ensue) ... So just so it's said again ... I hate you. :D LOL ... Firearms instructor ... Motorcycles ... and now wrenching on the bike with you. I honestly don't think it gets any better mate ... LOL .... T.U.

  • Tarrnation
    Tarrnation Год назад

    Nice Bars ! Awesome job well done.

  • Joe Coletta
    Joe Coletta Год назад

    So is the 48 for you or Ms. Blockhead?

  • Dave Shuler
    Dave Shuler Год назад

    You need a light on your camera

  • Wilson Francisco
    Wilson Francisco Год назад

    Thanks! Loved the tutorial, great job. I thought you had merchandise for sale from blockhead...


    good job bro she have good taste now you need some lucky daves on yours lol

  • JustAnotherBasic
    JustAnotherBasic Год назад

    Threw a set of Biltwell Keystone Z bars on my 883 as well as my own exhaust and intake install. Still tuned in cause I'm seriously diggin y'all's videos together. Working on your own bike is soooooo much more satisfying than taking it in. All the leftover scratches and whatnot from my mistakes are just added character. Keep up the good work brother!

  • Scorp
    Scorp Год назад +1

    lol, the line is '' aired '' , de-bled ... not bled.
    a hooked or curved awl would have worked as well.
    awsome woman handling that grip! , i felt it bottom out from here! xD
    lol, dinner time!
    huge pause from the cold, i dont blame you.
    kool that Ms. Blockhead helped with mechanic skills.... HOT! , lol , that is a plus.
    super awsome vlog!!

    • Great Egret
      Great Egret Год назад

      Scorp No worries. Didn't think you meant disrespect. Ride safe, my friend.

    • Scorp
      Scorp Год назад

      yeah, to true, it happens to me as well. however i meant do disrespect
      to you or him when mentioning it.
      tk you for your response , it is appreciated.

    • Great Egret
      Great Egret Год назад

      Scorp Sorry, I should have said "mispoke" rather than verbal mistake. He probably knew what bleeding brakes lines means. He likely misspoke. Happens to the best of us.

    • Scorp
      Scorp Год назад

      verbal mistake?? on what part?

    • Great Egret
      Great Egret Год назад

      Scorp I was going to make the same comment. Easy mistake, though. The bleeding process can be tough if you've never done it. Add the distraction of vlogging, I'd make the same verbal mistake.

  • Chris Cohoe
    Chris Cohoe Год назад +1

    Wish I found a video to help me replace my bars instead I was an idiot and took it to the dealer because I wasn’t confident! FML! But I’m glad you put one out! When I get another Harley I’ll reference to your video!!

  • tccoup355
    tccoup355 Год назад +1

    Wow what a huge difference those made, for the better of course. Awesome!

  • Jon Test
    Jon Test Год назад +1

    I just ordered some 8" bars not two days ago. The gentleman claimed the bars should be good with stock cables, we shall see. Enjoyed watching this and getting to see the finished project

    • nasomaz
      nasomaz 11 месяцев назад

      Glad to hear bars were fine. I hope you will resolve the mechanical issue with your cylinder !! Evos are bullet proof I am sure you will figure it out.

    • Jon Test
      Jon Test 11 месяцев назад

      It went fine, the stock bars on my bike were a bit larger so the stock brake line ended up being ok. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to ride the thing because it came out of storage and is only firing on one cylinder. Ongoing cluster fk trying to resolve it.

    • nasomaz
      nasomaz 11 месяцев назад

      I'm in the same boat; I ordered some keystone xl bar (8.5 rise). All the reviews say that only the break line is short but you can unmount it from the bracket and bend the metal part to make it straight and it will have room to fit so problem. Did yout install go well ?

    • Josh Outen
      Josh Outen 11 месяцев назад

      Jon Test how did it go? I’m in the same boat, just ordered some 8” apes and would like to know if I have to get cables before hand

  • Grimgeist
    Grimgeist Год назад +1

    Btw. How's that ATV and Dirt bike rally going? That's hilarious! I've wanted to do the same thing on my 1987 Trx250r here in Wichita Ks. because they shut down a riding area everyone went to by the little Arkansas river in Hutchinson Ks,. It's bull crap! We never hurt a thing and it was a nice release to ride quads on the weekends!

  • Grimgeist
    Grimgeist Год назад

    Can't wait for a dual vlog on both HD's. Both bikes are awesome and they deserve a video! I had a Sportster Nightster 2010 and I traded up to a 103 Softail Slim 2015 last year. I miss my sporty but couldn't be happier about my Slim. Love the vids so keep em coming!

  • Luis Biascochea
    Luis Biascochea Год назад

    Hey, happy New Year to you Year to you and ms/Mrs blockhead just got home from work watched the video as always very informative and to the point....😎😎😎

  • Thomas Jones
    Thomas Jones Год назад

    Thank you for this video! I am actually looking to add some Z Bars to my 2015 Iron 883 and have been wondering what extensions I need to do. Much appreciated!

  • William Garcia
    William Garcia Год назад +9

    I love this video just for the fact that your girl supports your hobby. My gf asked me to come visit her yesterday and she specifically asked me if I could bring my Harley instead of my car. I gave her extra loving for that.. good job and nice video.

    • Jacob James
      Jacob James Год назад

      William Garcia I hope you rode her better then the bike!

  • Dead SouL 73 Dan F
    Dead SouL 73 Dan F Год назад

    Awesome this is so cool

  • Eric Pesman
    Eric Pesman Год назад +2

    Yup, the essential part for all jobs: WD40 😉

  • Blaze Keith
    Blaze Keith Год назад

    You guys do a great job going into detail! Love the wat it looks now im gonna put those on mine now thanks for the video!

  • Erick de viking
    Erick de viking Год назад

    First thing i'd mod on the 48 is that moronicly horrible small tank. I could not handle that. Also looks stupid imo

  • Tom rebel
    Tom rebel Год назад +4

    Man, I just replaced my handlebars on the Iron and because I didn't like the new ones I had to replace them again to the stock ones. (And I will have to do it again when the new-new ones arrive.) The whole process was 2x2 hours in the cold winter wind... This video gave me serious PTSD.
    Also for the other guys out there planning to change to taller bars: If your bike has ABS, your front brake line will be much more complicated than shown in the video. In this case be prepared that you will have to visit a brake specialist service since the stock ABS brake lines are pressure fit to the lower triple tree ABS unit and you won't be able to change to longer ones yourself (without fancy tools).

    • Scorp
      Scorp Год назад +1

      good ... looking out for us man.... high 5 !

  • Gonk
    Gonk Год назад +2

    Good stuff brotha! you should use some shop gloves though Don't want to damage her hands! :)

  • John Maxwell
    John Maxwell Год назад +32

    Solid work for a “not licensed tech.” Keep up the good work on the videos. I enjoy the hell out of them!

  • Mikko Danilson
    Mikko Danilson Год назад

    Sweet dude.. i will be going to do that job . In few months.. soo i appreciate the video. Good to see what i have to go throw !

  • emil dicaro
    emil dicaro Год назад

    can you tell us what lift your using

  • Rakharo Tg
    Rakharo Tg Год назад

    "Cutest deuces ever" jajajajaja love it!!

  • Rakharo Tg
    Rakharo Tg Год назад

    50.000 subs to show your face? 😊😏

  • Black Beard
    Black Beard Год назад +7

    Love the channel, however, this is incorrect... I have the same bars, the stock brake line is capable of reaching just fine. The clamp on the hose allows enough room for the line to be bent and pushed. I bought 8" thinking 10 or 12 wouldn't fit. Pretty sure I could have gone higher. At least in my experience...

    • John Silverman
      John Silverman Месяц назад

      How many hours did this project take?

    • mike whipple
      mike whipple 4 месяца назад +1

      You shouldnt be bending the stock line thats extremely un safe.

    • Dan
      Dan 10 месяцев назад +1

      The verdict is the stock cables will be just fine?

    • Anthony Sullivan
      Anthony Sullivan Год назад +2

      Jason Gregg is right, I have 2016 iorn with 8in ryca zbars. Stock break cable. Wiggles with enough play full left and right. However. It is no longer routed useing the two clamping points with that said. It's probably better To extend and route the same way. Just checked the Amazon link. The bars in this video is the same as mine their was two reasons I bought them and one side affect they are knurled (only zbars I found like that ) and the width of the bar is about the same as stock. All others I found. We're about 2.5 inches narrower on both sides. Side affect: they where cheaper hope. All this helps someone

    • Wael Aboulmagd
      Wael Aboulmagd Год назад

      Forgot to mention...I love your channel and all the videos are really helpful. Great job.

  • patman wainwright
    patman wainwright Год назад

    Looks good Z bars suit Sportster bike is coming along nicely good work mr & mrs Blockhead

  • Ray Roman
    Ray Roman Год назад +20

    I wish i'd have a wifey that liked to work on bikes with me like you do, bro. You're both lucky. I really like the two of you doing this together. Big up! :)

    • pim1234
      pim1234 10 месяцев назад +1

      Isn't it his daughter ?

    BOMBER Год назад +2

    Great video. Very thorough 🤙

  • planefloat
    planefloat Год назад

    Hi, a very detailed installation procedure! Have you had a chance to try it out on the highway? Is the more upright sitting position more or less comfortable at 60-70 mph? I have ordered 12" Z-bars for my '06 Sportster, the 8" or 10" may be a better choice. Did handlebar vibration change?

  • Will TEN
    Will TEN Год назад +2

    No offense blockhead but you sound unexcited to be doing this a high school video just saying maybe more enthusiasm?

    • Jon Test
      Jon Test Год назад +4

      This is informative, not entertainment.....

  • Gabriel Pardhan
    Gabriel Pardhan Год назад

    Nice work dude!