21 After repeating the process on the right-side fork leg, we slid the front wheel in place and lubed the axle with some anti-seize.
22 The axle was then slid through the right side fork leg, the wheel, and threaded into the left-side leg.
23 We finished the leg swap by installing the lower fork cap with its hidden hardware.
24 Moving up top, the lower handlebar section was secured to the risers.
25 Next, the left side billet junction was slid in place. There is a specific left and right side junction. You can tell which is which because the heads of the socket head bolts face you when sitting on the bike. The end with the three fasteners fits over the top of the lower handlebar section. The hand control tube will slide into the end with two fasteners.
26 When it comes to the hand control tubes, you can tell which is which because the right side is notched (arrow) for fly-by-wire applications. You can also see that the tubes are slotted for internal wiring.
27 We then slid the left-side hand control tube into the junction and installed the fasteners. Once you have the bars adjusted to how you want them, the instructions call for applying the supplied thread locker to the bolts and then torquing them to 20 lb-ft and repeating the process three times until all the fasteners are equally torqued to 20 lb-ft. Since we still had to install the controls and wiring, we just loosely tightened the bolts.
28 This is what the Fat F*cker looked like before the install.
29 And with the new legs, fork boots, and handle bars.
30 The fork legs and boots make a night-and-day difference and really look great together. It still has that thick Fat Boy look, just cleaner and meaner. Swapping the legs wasn’t that difficult and only took a couple hours with basic handtools (depending on if you use fork seal installer tool).
31 The 1-1/4-inch bars add some much-needed muscle to the top of the frontend. The multi-piece design of the bars will make running the hand control wires internally a breeze and will allow us to adjust the bars to a precise and comfortable riding position. Check back next time when we add some hand controls and new brake, clutch, and throttle lines.
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