• 23rd July 2017 at 9:48 pm#2878
    James
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I’m new to this site, even though I’ve owned my ’97 XV1100 for 16 of its 20 years, so shame on me for not coming here sooner really!

    Anyway! I have a question regarding possibly chopping/bobbing my faithful old XV :

    I’ve been thinking of fitting a chopper fork kit and new handlebars as well as bobbing the rear, but what is the gauge of the XV’s handlebars? Is it 22mm? Reason being, If I want to swap out the forks and get some new ones fitted from : http://www.chopper-kit-usa.com/ and then stick some risers and new handlebars on these forks, do I have to stick with the XV’s gauge tubing if I want to swap out the bars for some Z Bars/Ape Hangers from these guys : http://steelthorn.eu/ They say they make bars for XV’s but don’t say what the gauge to select is.

    I’m finding the gauge thing a bit confusing, as I won’t want to order the fork parts from the U.S. and suddenly find myself with a load of mismatched stuff that I can’t have fitted. My fear is that if it was possible to fit 1″ gauge bars (even if I wanted to!), then none of the XV’s switch gear would fit back on the bars…
    I think the Harley standard gauge is 1″ and the XV’s is 7/8″ or 22mm metric, but I’m not certain.

    Also, what do you do about cabling for apehangers? Would all the original XV wiring for the switchgear need to be replaced with longer wires to allow for the extra height of the bars, and does all the wiring have to be externally routed?

    Has anyone else on here chopped/bobbed their XV or used these companies, as I’d love to know how all the parts can match up right for an XV?

    Hope I’ve made some sense and haven’t caused too much confusion!

    Thanks for any help.

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