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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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18" Ape hangers

Okay, so, after trying 13" apes, then stock, then back to 12" apes, I finally decided to go big or go home and ordered some 18" stocks. I was wondering how many guys have done this themselves or had a shop do all the cable work for them and what cables needed to be lengthened and what lengths the cables are for their 18" ape hangers. Also if anyone has pics of the ape hangers on their bikes, pics of how the controls are positioned on their apes, and pics of how the cables are wired on their bike that would be a great help.


2003 VN750
-Vance&Hines right side exhaust
-VN1600 Meanstreak seat(modified)
-18" Ape Hangers
-Harley 10" struts
-LED turn signals
-License plate and taillight relocation bracket

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 10:04 PM
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I started out with 12" and came to the same conclusion as you, go big or go home. I went with 16" apes that I got on e-bay. After doing the 12" myself I just had my local shop do everything needed with the 16". We ordered all of the cables (clutch, brake,throttle and choke) through Motion-Pro out of California then the shop spliced the electrical for me. Motion-Pro probaly even still has the lengths somwhere for my bike and I have enough length in my cables to handle another 2". One bit of warning, I am 6'2" and I feel like my hands are pretty much straight out with the 16", but I received a warning ticket in Wyoming a couple of years ago for them being above my shoulders (the only time).
Here are the links to a few pictures that I could find.........

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showg...er=101&cat=500
http://www.flickr.com/photos/airord/...7606655448936/
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After doing the 12" myself I just had my local shop do everything needed with the 16". We ordered all of the cables (clutch, brake,throttle and choke) through Motion-Pro out of California then the shop spliced the electrical for me.
Do you by chance know at all the lengths of your cables? and how much did it cost you just for the cables?

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One bit of warning, I am 6'2" and I feel like my hands are pretty much straight out with the 16", but I received a warning ticket in Wyoming a couple of years ago for them being above my shoulders (the only time).
Yea NJ(my home state) SAYS you cant have handlebars ovr your shoulders but I see guys with them all the time and I go to school in PA and they dont have a law against that and I ride in NY sometimes and I dont think they have a law against it either but thanks for the heads up


2003 VN750
-Vance&Hines right side exhaust
-VN1600 Meanstreak seat(modified)
-18" Ape Hangers
-Harley 10" struts
-LED turn signals
-License plate and taillight relocation bracket

To Come:
-highway pegs!!!!!
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I honestly don't recall the lengths of the cables as it was so long ago that I ordered them. I'm thinking they were around $60.00 to $80.00 apiece or so and I ordered the braided and coated cables. If you call Motion-Pro they are very helpfull and can probably tell you the lengths you will need. If I remember right our stock bars are 8" mini apes so you will have to go at least ten inches over on everything.........Good luck!

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/...tegory/cables/
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If I remember right our stock bars are 8" mini apes so you will have to go at least ten inches over on everything.........Good luck!
Yes you are correct... our stock bars measure 8" high, 31" wide, 11" pull back, 5 1/2" center, and 3x5" clamp area. hope t his helps a little
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 12:29 AM
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What's the attraction of ape hangers? I've never tried them so I'm honestly curious. Are they comfortable despite the fact that they appear anything but? Can't imagine they improve handling but really, I have no idea so I'm open to learning about them

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I honestly don't recall the lengths of the cables as it was so long ago that I ordered them. I'm thinking they were around $60.00 to $80.00 apiece or so and I ordered the braided and coated cables.
I emailed the gentleman at motionpro and he was sayi that for the clutch, choke, and both throttle cables it would cost about $145 for all of them with the black vinyl like the stock coating and that breaks down to 3 cables at $35 and 1 at $40 which is great and thats at a +12" above stock length...got my bike and bars to a local shop who is gonna do all the electrical wiring and brake hose change etc and install and order all the cables and see what length i need exactly w/o too much slack...hopefully wont be more than 2-3 weeks cuz he is so busy and i'll post up pics asap!


2003 VN750
-Vance&Hines right side exhaust
-VN1600 Meanstreak seat(modified)
-18" Ape Hangers
-Harley 10" struts
-LED turn signals
-License plate and taillight relocation bracket

To Come:
-highway pegs!!!!!
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Apes all the way

The best mod I made to the vulcan has been 16" apes. My hands are level or only slightly higher than shoulders. I would do 18" if I had to do over. Keeps my back straight and no slouching or bending forward.

I put mine on myself a few months after buying it. Went thru Motion Pro also and got braided break lines from local shop. 10" over stock sounds about right. I followed a post someone else wrote (maybe Stevie D?)There may be some pictures on my album here or at Yahoo Vulcan site. Check my contacts here for examples of other bikes on here with apes. Go to their albums too.

I couldn't go back to stock. Much more comfortable with the apes. The angle they are adjusted to the forks will effect overall height, reach, and how much you can lean back and relax. I suggest trying a few locations to see where you like best.

Last year I bought a Sportster with 18" apes and love it. It's my poor mans chopper.

Vulcan handles about the same with the apes for me. Sportster harder to ride but a blast with the straight drag pipes. Different rides altogether even tho they are both cruisers.

Send me a PM if you can't find pictures or have any other questions.

Enjoy the apes man!!!!

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2003 VN750
-Vance&Hines right side exhaust
-VN1600 Meanstreak seat(modified)
-18" Ape Hangers
-Harley 10" struts
-LED turn signals
-License plate and taillight relocation bracket

To Come:
-highway pegs!!!!!
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Very cool.

Am sure you will enjoy picking the dead bugs out of your armpits...

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