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    Question Highway Bars for 2002 VTX 1800C

    I just joined the VTX Club with a 2002 VTX 1800C. I would like to add highway bars to it and I really like the cobra fatty's, but they don't make them for my year/model. What are some recommended comparable "fatty" alternatives?

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    I recently just bought some new crash bars also. You should check out www.cruisercustomizing.com. This site lets you enter your bike info and it will let you know what components are compatible with your model and which ones aren't. I just got a set for right about $200 after shipping. I plan on putting them on tonight. My only concern is a potential need for spacers for it to mount properly. Good luck.

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    Thanks martin. I found these on that site:

    http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/fa...art/HH-591-018

    Does anyone have experience with the Hawk brand or their engine guards?

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    I put Paladins on my bike, I really like them and the way they look. They are two piece bars. They have saved me a couple of times from fall over incidents.

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    Highway Hawk is made in Europe and have shipping problems a lot.

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    I've been happy with MC Enterprise bars. They have the fatter look and pretty sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z71carter View Post
    I've been happy with MC Enterprise bars. They have the fatter look and pretty sturdy.
    Always my 1st recomendation. Look & fit great and VERY strong. Stood up to a 35 MPH crash and high side flip with no bend.
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    I don't like crash bars but for safety reasons they are necessary. I went for Hepco & Becker. They even look nice on the C model.

    See thread: http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthre...t=hepco+becker

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuadX View Post
    Thanks martin. I found these on that site:

    http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/fa...art/HH-591-018

    Does anyone have experience with the Hawk brand or their engine guards?
    This is what I bought. I hate to admit but they don't look as horrible as I was expecting. I don't like the look of any crash bars but they certainly have their purpose.

    http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/fu...art/MC-1000-19

    Install was pretty easy. Took less than an hour. I'm not very patient so when the multiple washer/spacers kept falling off, I got a little frusturated but overall it went well.

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    I have Palidins on my F model. It should also work on a C model as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastspek View Post
    I don't like crash bars but for safety reasons they are necessary. I went for Hepco & Becker. They even look nice on the C model.

    See thread: http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthre...t=hepco+becker

    http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/attachme...5&d=1350579792
    Those bars look like they would work great if somone wanted to put forward controls on the bike. However for overall safety the MC's or the Cobra Fatty bar are really good. I have the Cobra Fatty and when a buthead cager pulled in front of me and I had to lay the bije over the bar kept the bike at 45 degree rather then goin all the way on the side. Made uprighting the bike a breeze.

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    My bikes have been equipped with crashbars since around 1973-74
    when I crashed a Honda CB360 due to a stream being diverted
    across a road by a felled tree. The crash actually caused one of my
    sparkplugs to break, and I had to ride a couple of miles to a
    snowmobile dealer on one cylinder to get a replacement.
    The next time that I crashed was because I picked up a nail in the
    rear tire and a car was following me too closely for me to decelerate
    safely on the road, so I purposely plowed into someones hillside lawn.
    Crashbar held up fine, lawn less so. But no injuries.
    New tube the next day and all was well.
    Since then mostly the crashbars have kept the bikes from damage when
    someone hit the bike when parked, or if the bike rolled forward off the
    sidestand or if I didn't get my foot down to support the bike during
    a panic stop to avoid a headon collision.
    But I would not ride without one and wish I could find something to
    protect the saddlebags and passenger's legs.
    I have the MC Enterprises crashbars made to the VTX1800 C model
    on my bike which is a 2003 C model with Retro fenders only.
    2003 VTX1800 C model Retro fenders

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    Default Laid my bike down

    Thanks everyone for all your input. I ordered a set of Paladin's. Ironically, I laid my bike down on the way to pick them up from post office . So, I'm looking for a few parts:

    Left side Swept Cobra Floorboard with mount
    Headlight chrome housing and front lip (the internals are all fine and the headlight is working).

    I also broke the left headlight off and the little circular threaded part of the Master Clutch Cylinder. Is there another way to mount the mirrors besides on to the Clutch/Brake Master Cylinders?

    Any help on used parts and where to find them would be much appreciated!

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    Default Laid her down!!!!!!! YIKES!!!!!!

    Oh no!! Always the case! Take your time with the Paladins while putting the u-bolts on the frame near the engine. It is a little frustrating, but when it is right you will know. Good luck!!

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    Cruiser customizing has highway hawk fatty bars 1.5" only fatty bars ive found that fit the 1800c
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuadX View Post
    I just joined the VTX Club with a 2002 VTX 1800C. I would like to add highway bars to it and I really like the cobra fatty's, but they don't make them for my year/model. What are some recommended comparable "fatty" alternatives?
    I just bought a set of MC from ebay, got them for 99.00 bucks. They were a snap to put on and I think they look great. There is just one thing I'm not to crazy about is that they have the slightest bend forward instead of being exactly perpendicular to the bike. I also got a set of fold down o-ring pegs, and even with my long legs I have to angle them back to rest my boots on them. Still I'm quite happy with the set, everything thing for 134.00 dollars.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony61 View Post
    I just bought a set of MC from ebay, got them for 99.00 bucks. They were a snap to put on and I think they look great. There is just one thing I'm not to crazy about is that they have the slightest bend forward instead of being exactly perpendicular to the bike. I also got a set of fold down o-ring pegs, and even with my long legs I have to angle them back to rest my boots on them. Still I'm quite happy with the set, everything thing for 134.00 dollars.




    Tony
    Same bars - really like the extra room. Mount your begs with a set of Kury Long Horns. VERY adjustable and bring the comfort level way up.
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