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Parts February 2008: All the things you can’t do without

Street smart
These 430 Series Shocks from Progressive Suspension are described as “street-rod styled” by the manufacturer and that’s an understatement, but these units are about a lot more than looks. They feature high-pressure gas mono tubes with deflective disc damping for superb road handling, and threaded preload adjusters for dialing in ride quality without the use of tools. The 430 Series are also the first shocks of their kind to use machined aluminum spring perches. They’re offered in either a chrome finish or black anodized with machined accents.

Progressive Suspension   www.progressivesuspension.com   877.690.7411

Paint saver
The Forward Footboard Brackets from Wild Bill’s Cycles offer long-legged riders a simple way to get their boots out a full two inches farther in front of them for more stretch and comfort over the long miles. The advantage they offer over merely bolting on a set of highway pegs for more stretch is in providing a more natural riding posture while keeping your feet at the controls for quick braking and shifting. Available in cast or black powder coat finish, the brackets work on any 1989–present Tourer model—though the fairing lowers on Ultra Classic Electra Glides have to be altered or removed to accommodate the forward footboard position. To complete the transformation, extended brake and shift levers are recommended. The price is $139.99 for a set.

Wild Bill’s Cycles   www.wildbillscycles.com  317.539.4138

Das bling
The Chrome Brembo Brake Caliper Kit is a tasty upgrade for Brembo-equipped Harleys—meaning VRSC models from 2006– present and the 2008 Tourers. These polished and chromed calipers debuted last year on the ’08 Screamin’ Eagle Tourers and now are offered as a retrofit kit for those of you giving your stocker the chrome bling treatment. The kit sells for $799.95 without brake pads.

Harley-Davidson   www.harley-davidson.com

Split decision
Road King riders can choose to go it alone in style, or pack a buddy in comfort with Mustang Motorcycle Products’ new Tripper Solo and Rear Seats. Derived from the company’s popular Daytripper one-piece seats, the Tripper offers the same low profile and all-day comfort as that model but with the option of buying just the operator’s seat for $239, or adding the passenger pillion for another $149—and then mounting up one or both depending on your situation. The Tripper seats will fit all 1997–present FLHR Road Kings.

Mustang Motorcycle Products   www.mustangseats.com   800.243.1392

Pannier panache
Dress up your dresser with a set of these Custom Latches for FL Hard Bags from the billet fanatics at Billet Boys. Machined from the finest aircraft-grade billet aluminum, these latches are direct replacements for the stock cast units and install in about 20 minutes without drilling or altering the bags. They utilize the stock locking mechanisms and are offered with a smooth or ball-milled motif in either chrome or black. They fit any FL hard bag from 1993–present and retail for $145.99 per set.

Billet Boys   www.billetboys.com   925.552.7081

Legally blinding
Combine the dazzle of show-quality chrome with the sizzle of stepped headers and the peace of mind of CARB compliance and you get these new Street Sweepers from Samson Motorcycle Products. The full-coverage heat shields are treated to the company’s exclusive “quad chrome plating” process that resists corrosion and keeps the blues at bay, and they come factory-installed, making your installation procedure a no-brainer. This system will fit ’04–present Sportsters equipped with forward controls, and sells for $599.95.

Samson Motorcycle Products   www.samsonusa.com   888.572.6766

Fuel level
For a mere $198.95 you can transform your stock fuel tank into a thing of smooth custom beauty with Harley-Davidson’s new Chrome Flush-Mount Fuel Cap and Gauge Kit. What you get for your money is a trick pop-up filler cap that mates aesthetically with an equally trick LED fuel gauge—one that glows through a mirror-coated glass with an intensity attuned to ambient light by an integrated photocell. Wow. Included in the kit are the fuel cap, fuel gauge, trim ring and plug-in wiring harness. The kits are available for ’08 Road Kings and Softails as well as a number of ’04–present Dyna models.

Harley-Davidson   www.harley-davidson.com

Finishing touches
With their new Finned Dash Insert and Gas Door for 2008 FL models (except Road Kings), Covington’s Customs puts the fin in finish. CNC machined from billet aluminum and offered either chrome-plated or black anodized with machined edges, these units will give your ride a distinctive look that you can complement with a host of other finned fitments from the company including timing cover, derby cover, and master cylinder cover. The dash insert goes for $99.95 and the gas door costs $129.95.

Covington’s Customs   www.covingtonscyclecity.com   580.256.2939

Short notice
One look at the Zoomies Exhaust from Hacker Pipes and you can’t help but wonder if there was a bet involved in their design process—a bet having to do with how short they could make a header and still incorporate three steps. Starting at 1.75″ and stepping up quickly to 2.5″, the Zoomies also incorporate a lot of attitude and what the manufacturer describes as a “vicious sound” into a short package. This system is designed for ’06–’08 Victory Kingpins and ’05–’08 Hammers and Jackpots and comes with full heat shields and your choice of finish including bright chrome and black ceramic. They’re fitted with a small core to maintain midrange performance and cost $679.
Hacker Pipes   www.hackerpipes.com   831.438.6430

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