Silvr, and anyone else, a few comments:
- I agree, that dealer needs some more training, or something. There's no excuse for not knowing how the left grip is held on, if it's a stock heated grip.
- Removing lots of stuff, that's not so bad, IMHO. I put on HeliBars almost two years ago, and was faced with this decision.
The official instructions from Heli said not to remove much, similar to the way you did the work. Their instructions can be viewed here: http://www.helibars.com/resources/gu...Z13054_WEB.pdf
However, I found it useful to remove the fairing and the dash. The fairing removal is a ten-minute job, and I've done that a lot of times for assorted electrical farkles. The dash is a PITA, which I'd done a few times.
Removing all this lets you see better what's going on, and makes it easier to reroute cables, wires, and hoses, if the need for extra slack arises (as it did in my case). I have a sub-gallery of pics and captions, re my HeliBars work, showing all this, here: Victory XCT HeliBars Installation
. I think some aspects of it might be useful if you tackle this kind of project.