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VL800 With Johns forwards kit want to install Crash Bar

I have a John's Custom Forward control Kit on a 2003 VL 800. I bought a Crash bar for it and need to make some kind of adapter(s) for the lower mounts. Have any of you done this? If you have pictures of your adapters please post them.
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I remember seeing where. Someone did it and posted pictures but I don't recall the thread.

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I did something similar, and rode like that for a while. This wasn’t doe for John’s forward kit, but rather to accommodate space for extended foot pegs (about 3 inch) https://www.volusiariders.com/#/topics/416016

You would need to make an adapter as described above, make additional corresponding holes in the HB bottom mounts: you would need two Bolts per each bottom mount/extension to prevent rotation and movement of HB up or down during a crash.

The biggest issue is needing to make adapters for the top of the crash bar mounts as well. I don’t see how it would clear the radiator without crash bars needing to stick out way too much forward, at least in my application.

When the crash bar is extended on the bottom only, it is angled backwards on the top, thus cutting into the space made by bottom adapters. The right triangle formed between frame and angled HB limits available foot space.

Ultimately, I took the HB off. I found that HB adds a lot of weight in the front, and messes-up the handling of the bike. Considering C50 is not the most agile machine, having ability to maneuver through city and handling comfort is a worthy trade off for not having HB.

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