Forward controls--opinions needed.

Discussion in 'FXR Models' started by Witchking, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Witchking

    Witchking New Member

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    Hello all....

    I am looking for a set of forward controls for my 1984 FXRS. I see forward controls with the rod on the brake side that hooks to your existing master cylinder, and then I see some that have their own master cylinder and you have to run a hose to it.

    My question--are there any adantages/disadvantages to using one type or the other? Are they both about the same difficulty level to install?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. What little I know about forward controls is that conversions from mid controls often use the existing master cylinder with a long rod to the brake and designated forward controls have the m.c. up close to the pedal. You can see lots of difference types at J&P Cycle, Jireh, ebay, etc. Search "Harley FXR forward controls".
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The difference is usually the price being one includes a new master cylinder. I have used the one that employs the rod to the original master cylinder and it worked well.
     
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    My 94 dyna wide glide came from the factory with a long rod from the brake pedal to the master cylinder works great and would be easier to do that kind of conversion and easier to put back to stock at a later date if required

    Brian
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    What all the others have said here, Shop around and look at other bikes like yours to get a better idea:s
     
  6. murf

    murf Active Member

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    Ditto what Glider said. Mine came from Ebay for around $240 and did not include M/C. Easy install, work well and not too expensive. very solid/durable components and even came with retainer clip for the orig. mid control lever/linkage and cap with set screw for the splined shaft sticking out from primary. Very happy with them.
     
  7. 84FXRS

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    the foward controls for the FXRS, most catalogs have them for around 270-280
    They have the o-ring pegs, work fine, and of course youre finished for under $300.
    otherwise you will looking at double or more for the cost.
     
  8. 84FXRS

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    saw a set on a 86FXRT last nite, real nice ,
    look in the v twin catalog, the brake side and the shift side are
    each sold in a separate kit. If you dont see them I'll look up the part #s
     
  9. Grumpy01

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    Converted mine a couple of years ago. Bought a Landmark set at a discount but needed more room for my legs. Made adaptor brackets out of old pair of chrome highway bar pieces. Worked great. However, master cylinder was a 3/4 inch bore which did not give enough leverage to work the rear brake. The stock push rod rear brake cylinder is 9/16". Had to buy another master cylinder which cured the problem. Smaller master cylinders for rear and front brakes give more pressure and are easier on the hands & feet even when used for dual brakes in the front.. Its the trick set-up when using organic pads on polished rotors. Braking stays the same, rotor lasts longer.