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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Installed PHat Risers, but need some help

I have an '06 classic I bought this Fall and had a Memphis Fats quick release windshield installed. Love the quick release feature. I ordered a set of Phat Risers (the regular ones--Phats 1, I think they're called) and put them on today. All was good when I was done, but then I discovered that when the bars are turned all the way to the stop, either direction, the throttle cable gets bound tight. NOT GOOD! I looked at it and determined that the windshield mounting bracket for the quick release mount has the cable pulled pretty far forward before curving back to go under the tank. Any suggestions as to how to get around this--simply, if possible. It almost appears that I need to move the cables behind the upper triple tree, but that will, no doubt require a trip to my dealer where I bought it, as I don't have the tools required, nor the know-how. So I am looking for suggestions, guidance, wisdom, etc. Thanx in advance.

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let the pros do it. triple tree is too important to chance it.
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Go to the scootworks website, use the install instructions for the Phat 2's (they are the next taller risers). It details exactly what you need to do to move the cable under the upper tree - pictures and all.
It's basically remove the bars, remove the center nut, loosen the clamp screws, tap the tree up slide the cable around the right end, and tighten the clamps. Put the bike up on a jack or blocks so the front is supported. As long as you dont loosen the bottom clamps your alignment should stay true. it's about as easy as changing the risers in the first place. If you have the toolkit, you have all you need.

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whoa hold on .
I installed the Phat Riser II's and you don't have to do the triple tree removal to make it work. Just take off the throttle control cover and disconnect the throttle cables from the throttle grip. then re route behind the triple tree and re connect. It's very easy and not as overwhelming as taking the triple tree loose. And you won't have to pay the dealer 150 an hour to do it.

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whoa hold on .
I installed the Phat Riser II's and you don't have to do the triple tree removal to make it work. Just take off the throttle control cover and disconnect the throttle cables from the throttle grip. then re route behind the triple tree and re connect. It's very easy and not as overwhelming as taking the triple tree loose. And you won't have to pay the dealer 150 an hour to do it.
Hmm, that sounds do-able. Thanx for that suggestion.

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Easier method to relocate cables behind the triple tree. Drop the headlight then take the cables/handles off the bar. Pass trough the headlight opening and reattach. Bolt the headlamp back in.

Make sure to use towels on your tank and fender to avoid dents and scratches.

I use small Velcro ties to keep the cables together after relocating.

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taking off the top triple tree isn't a difficult or complicated procedure but yea the easiest solution is to reroute the cable.

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whoa hold on .
I installed the Phat Riser II's and you don't have to do the triple tree removal to make it work. Just take off the throttle control cover and disconnect the throttle cables from the throttle grip. then re route behind the triple tree and re connect. It's very easy and not as overwhelming as taking the triple tree loose. And you won't have to pay the dealer 150 an hour to do it.

I tried to do that today, but couldn't get enough slack in the throttle cables to remove them for relocation. Don't know why. I screwed the adjusters all the way in, but no go. Guess it's off to the dealer to have him do it Tuesday when they open back up for the week. Sigh.

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Nomad, take the bars back out of the risers, lay them down between the tree and the tank. There will be plenty of cable to get it out of the grip.
It is still a LOT less work to take the nut off, loosen the clamps and tap tap the tree pops up (probably can pull it up with the bars in fact. Its not like the bike is gonna fall over, or anything will twist - the tubes are clamped in the lower tree. Putting the risers on in the first place was more work than moving the cables. More dangerous too - you were working with tools over top of the tank. That's always my fear, slipping a wrench and hitting the tank. I always cover it with towels, than a nice heavy blanket.

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Nomad, take the bars back out of the risers, lay them down between the tree and the tank. There will be plenty of cable to get it out of the grip.
It is still a LOT less work to take the nut off, loosen the clamps and tap tap the tree pops up (probably can pull it up with the bars in fact. Its not like the bike is gonna fall over, or anything will twist - the tubes are clamped in the lower tree. Putting the risers on in the first place was more work than moving the cables. More dangerous too - you were working with tools over top of the tank. That's always my fear, slipping a wrench and hitting the tank. I always cover it with towels, than a nice heavy blanket.

Thanx for that tip. I'll give it a try.

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