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Posted this in the Dyna forum, but it occurs to me it may have even more relevance here, since more of us Sporty owners have bar-mount gauges and except for the Customs, they are on the forward side of the bar clamp. The problem is that when you change the angle of the bar clamp with pullback risers, you also change the angle of the instruments, so they look stupid and are hard to read. You also sometimes run into too-short wires for the repositioned instruments. I’ve found a fix for this.

For T-bars, Accutronix makes gauge mount adapters (black $80 or chrome $100) that clamp onto the stems of the T-bars and provide an alternative, more horizontal gauge mount. But if you are using pullback risers and still need/want to have your gauges mounted on the bar clamp, here’s a cheap and good-looking fix. JP Cycles carries a chrome angled bracket (their item 3100205, $12) that is intended to lower the angle of the headlight mount on narrow glide front ends (Sportster 1962-2006, Dyna 1962-2005) when extending forks, so the headlight doesn’t point at the sky.

The distance between those eyebrow-type headlight mount bolts, and the distance between your top bar-clamp bolts, is the same (at least on both my Dyna and my Sportster) and the bolt diameters are the same at 5/16. This means that same little bracket can be used to lower the angle of the instruments when using pullback risers. AND it will position the instruments slightly forward, which can help with the short-wire situation if your risers aren’t too extreme. On my bike, this $12 bracket essentially put the instruments back where they were before, using pullback risers with a 4” rise and 1.5” pullback (these risers fit my '03 XLH without any new contol lines). It lowers the angle of the instrument bracket about 30 degrees, which is the same amount my risers angled the bar clamp back. It even has a little cutout where you can still see the indicator lights fine - which tells me it was partly designed for just this use, but got marketed as somethng else.

This is essentially a flat, bent bracket. So if you have a bar clamp that is not flat on top (bar and shield logo, live to ride or similar) you will have to use spacers between the bracket and the bar clamp. But you have to use spacers with these clamps anyhow, between the clamp and the original instrument mount, so if you need them you probably already have them. Just bolt the angled bracket to your forward-most bar clamp bolts, with or without spacers as needed. Then with two 5/16” X ½” bolts and nylon-insert nuts, bolt your original instrument bracket to the angled bracket. Your instruments are back in proper viewing position. Perfect solution, inexpensive, and shiny chrome, all for $12 plus a couple bolts. Thought this was worth passing along.
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