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I purchased some Highway Bar Soft Closeouts P/N: 2881125 for my 2018 Chieftain Darkhorse. I spent about a half hour trying to install them on the highway bars - a job I thought would take a couple of minutes. The material that wraps around the bars seemed a little short and the buckles did not really line up. Anyway, I finally got them installed.

Is this normal? Will they eventually stretch into shape? I don't want cut fingers and scratched knuckles every time I want to put them on.

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Maybe toss them in the dryer for a few minutes next time before install. Might be a little more pliable then.
 
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I purchased some Highway Bar Soft Closeouts P/N: 2881125 for my 2018 Chieftain Darkhorse. I spent about a half hour trying to install them on the highway bars - a job I thought would take a couple of minutes. The material that wraps around the bars seemed a little short and the buckles did not really line up. Anyway, I finally got them installed.

Is this normal? Will they eventually stretch into shape? I don't want cut fingers and scratched knuckles every time I want to put them on.

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Damn sure you dident put them on you pipe,s after a ride?? JK
 

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they are the biggest pain in the ass... I put them on when it gets to below 50 daytime temp and they don't come off again until it's higher than that... I used some of my 750 hero's money to buy them thinking I would carry them along and when it was raining or cool in the morning I would just slap them on... big mistake.. as I said in another thread... GET AFTER MARKET... my buddy has aftermarket and he can slap his on both sides in less than 5 minutes...
 

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Thank you for the above posts on the difficulty of installing these OEM Soft Lowers!

I was having new Handlebars installed on my new Chieftain last weekend as part of my original bike purchase the week before and I asked the service Mgr if I bought the lowers, would they install them for free foe me.

He said “Sure in would only take a few minutes.

After the three hour bar install it took two techs 45 minutes to get these darn things on the bike! LOL!

Thanks again for the info fellas!

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You might try heating them with a heat gun. That might help.
That's exactly right.Heat em up real good,then,before they can cool,snap em on in place,let em cool, and they'll shrink up nice and tight for a snug fit,not to mention,they'll look good too.I made a pair for my SDH out of 1/16 lexan that I had laying around my shop,cutting em to shape to fit the crash bars,then heating em up with a heat gun so as to follow the contour of the bars when in place,then attaching em to the bars with a couple small U bolts,or,you could use a couple small plastic tie wraps.Works like a charm and they look factory!! (y)
 

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I have a set and found that being carful to make sure the inner flap is seated before trying to press the snap helps. I’d use a lot of caution with the heat, I usually have a heater pointed in the direction of my work space but at that time of year I use it on any work space.
 
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