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post #1 of 8 Old 03-08-2016, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have been looking at their crash bar, skid plate and highway bars. Any experience on durability? Also, is the highway bar worth the money?

Or stick with original plan of SW moto products?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-09-2016, 08:52 AM
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Matter of preference, I should think.

Have HT Generation 1 suite; crash-worthy (accepting the sacrificial deployment of the hardware--stuff gets bent, protecting the radiator/plastic/tank).

Highway pegs? Have 'em but seldom use 'em; to me, highway pegs detract from vigilance and increase rear brake actuation response time; YMMV. Nothing wrong with highway pegs; I concede: 50 million Harley riders can't be wrong!
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I was planning on buying the HT products as well. I have their saddle bags and racks. I have visually checked out their highway pegs, skid plate, and crash bars and they look freaking solid. I have no doubt they WILL protect well in a down situation.

I'm sure each of the big brands will do well. I guess just all preference. I will go with HT as they are local for me and guarantee their work. If it fails then they will just fix it with me and all I have to do is walk it in.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-17-2016, 01:02 AM
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I got their skid plate last fall, and like it. Seems to be well made, and mounted up well.

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I got their skid plate last fall, and like it. Seems to be well made, and mounted up well.

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I gotta figure out why mine was such a pain. Hole does not line up for the drain plug (yes front spacer is in place but hole is off 1/4 inch and cannot use a socket to take out drain) I purchased the rubber impact spacer and still the longer hardware was not long enough to mount. Had to buy longer bolts.

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Did they ever put a cutout in their skid plate so you can get a socket/extension on the engine balancer adjustment bolt? Mine's a few years old and I had to hit it with a grinder so I could perform that operation.



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Did they ever put a cutout in their skid plate so you can get a socket/extension on the engine balancer adjustment bolt? Mine's a few years old and I had to hit it with a grinder so I could perform that operation.

Yes the cutout is there. Can't say its lined up though.

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