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After waiting about a month for parts to get in from Germany via Wild Hair Accessories in AZ, my GSG sliders for the Vulcan 650S finally arrived.

They were easy to install...but as usual, the German/English instructions took a bit of decoding. Total install time about 45 minutes, but I was lollygagging.

All it took was a set of metric Allen wrenches, a metric socket set and some Loctite. (OK, and a torque wrench, but that's just me...lol).



They ran about $190 (I included the optional, replaceable impact inserts for the ends as well), and my wife likes the way they look much better than any of the available engine protection bars.

Thanks to blackpearlgirl for her assistance earlier...

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Mine came in on Monday so that will be my project for the weekend. They also took about a month to come in but the customer service from Wild Hair Accessories was great.

I took a quick glance at the instructions and noticed they mentioned torque values. Did you use a torque wrench in addition the loctite? Or the loctite in lieu of the torque wrench? I am assuming the loctite is not included. What kind did you use?

We have no end to the riding season here (except maybe July and August!) so I will have to carve out some time to get this done.
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Zandar:

I used both a torque wrench and Loctite - get the blue-colored stuff (Loctite 242) not the red Loctite.
It can be had at nearly any auto parts or hardware store.

It's available in small tubes so don't buy a big squeeze bottle.

The difference between the different Loctite products are explained here:
http://us.henkel-adhesives-blog.com/...Threadlockers/

Loctite 242 page : http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/10/...r-Blue-242.htm

Believe me, this stuff is essential...especially on a Harley lol. I know...

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Zandar:

I used both a torque wrench and Loctite - get the blue-colored stuff (Loctite 242) not the red Loctite.
It can be had at nearly any auto parts or hardware store.

It's available in small tubes so don't buy a big squeeze bottle.

The difference between the different Loctite products are explained here:
The Difference Between Red, Blue, Green and Purple Threadlockers

Loctite 242 page : Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242 from Loctite Adhesives

Believe me, this stuff is essential...especially on a Harley lol. I know...

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Thanks! Yup, loctite is good stuff. We used to use it when I worked on aircraft. Mostly the blue one from what I can remember.
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After waiting about a month for parts to get in from Germany via Wild Hair Accessories in AZ, my GSG sliders for the Vulcan 650S finally arrived.

They were easy to install...but as usual, the German/English instructions took a bit of decoding. Total install time about 45 minutes, but I was lollygagging.

All it took was a set of metric Allen wrenches, a metric socket set and some Loctite. (OK, and a torque wrench, but that's just me...lol).



They ran about $190 (I included the optional, replaceable impact inserts for the ends as well), and my wife likes the way they look much better than any of the available engine protection bars.

Thanks to blackpearlgirl for her assistance earlier...

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I just noticed your add-on lights on the front of the bike. Did you post details about how you installed those? Where did you get them?
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Zandar:

In my thread Another Driving Light Mod:

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...9&share_type=t

But in that thread I used 41mm fork clamps, which will NOT work if you have an OEM KQR windshield mount, as the mount occupies the space where the fork clamps for the lights went.

I'll dig up the information regarding how I moved/mounted them to the bottom of the forks and amend the original thread...

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That looks really good!
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Zandar:

In my thread Another Driving Light Mod:

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...9&share_type=t

But in that thread I used 41mm fork clamps, which will NOT work if you have an OEM KQR windshield mount, as the mount occupies the space where the fork clamps for the lights went.

I'll dig up the information regarding how I moved/mounted them to the bottom of the forks and amend the original thread...

Merry Xmas!

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Ha! I knew you would have it documented! Thanks! and Merry Christmas!
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Danny's slider installation complete

The instructions reference a 6mm 16mm bolt to fasten the cooling system cap safety latch. The original bolt was 6mm 12mm, there wasn't one included in the kit. So I had to make a run to Champion Fasteners.

Was I the only one? I thought it strange the instructions identified the size but kit didn't include it.

I am working on the aftermarket back rest from China. So for I have about 2 hours marking and cutting to size the side brackets. I hope to have something that looks much cleaner and may look like a factory install.

Photos to come but not yet.

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