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2010 XC (pre ABS) - considering fitting Arlen Ness Modular ape handlebars - will standard cables / wiring fit ? I would also appreciate any handy tips for removal of fairing.
 

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Ozzy,

Can't help with the wiring, but the fairing is easy enough. Snap the headlight trim ring out (snaps in/out like the cheeses wedges) and remove the headlight assembly - four 5mm bolts as I recall - unplug and set aside. Unplug the signals (these all should be tagged from the mfr). Four 4mm screws down either side, The top one is under the speaker grill. Pry the grills up gently from the lower outboard corner. Go around to the front and lift the fairing from down low, rocking the lower aspect up and forward. Takes a goodly amount of force to get it to unsnap. Take your time this first time and it gets way easier next time. It should slide out from under the windshield without removing it.

Hope you didn't think you could get away without some editorializing… Not my cup of tea but to each his own and I'll defend that to the death. I have seen those to the point where the rider can only see from about 2 o'clock to 10 o'clock forward then it's all biceps all the time laterally until some cager whacks you. There are some minor handling issues as well. I was noticing the other day as the weather cools what a nice pocket of still air the handgrips are in on this particular design. It's usually a fire and ice affair for me as the grip warmers inside fight against the cold wind outside. Not so with the XC. If you're up around Darwin, no problem, down in Hobart, maybe a consideration. Lastly, here in the land up over, it looks like a fad that may soon run its course.

All that aside, good luck with your project. A service manual might be in order. G'day.

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g'day 41,
Thank you for the detailed reply, will certainly be a help if I go ahead with the project. It would be good to hear from anybody who has fitted apes and had regrets due to some of the points you raised.
(cold hands are something I don't need to worry about, unless I venture interstate during winter)

Cheers, Ozzy
 

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Brick-O,

I'm fairly certain someone will chime in shortly re the bars. The stock bars are actually pretty tall, they are just kind of laying down. Would a little rotation at the clamp do you? Don't know how tall you want to go but there may be some cutting, grafting and soldering in your future if you want to really hang out there. I cannot overemphasize the service manual business. I think there is one available for download on this site if I remember correctly from another post I read some time ago. I have one from another site. Just out of curiosity, where are you?

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I have the HMD Gorilla Bagger Bars installed on my XC. Was a bit of a learning experience since I had no help. After removing the outer fairing, there are 4 large bolts that hold the inner fairing to the triple trees. Remove them and have someone raise the inner fairing up to give you the clearance needed to unbolt the top clamps. The bottom ones are accessible from in front of the tank (highly recommend you remove it, and cover the front fender with a towel or something suitable if you happen to drop a bolt). In my case, no extended cables were necessary, just had to free up the clutch cable were it was zip tied to the frame and was good to go.
 

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Brick-O,

I'm fairly certain someone will chime in shortly re the bars. The stock bars are actually pretty tall, they are just kind of laying down. Would a little rotation at the clamp do you? Don't know how tall you want to go but there may be some cutting, grafting and soldering in your future if you want to really hang out there. I cannot overemphasize the service manual business. I think there is one available for download on this site if I remember correctly from another post I read some time ago. I have one from another site. Just out of curiosity, where are you?

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Located in the South Eastern corner of the Sunshine State (Queensland) on the Gold Coast and pretty spoilt as far as bike riding weather goes.
 
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