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As some of you know, I just got my first Harley earlier this year, a 2012 Super Glide Custom, a FXDCI, I think. Anyhow, since buying the thing, I've been doing some internet reading and also reading on some of the Harley Davidson forums just trying to learn more about the bike.

Somewhere I remember reading in 2006 (I think) there was a frame change for the Super Glide, (maybe the whole Dyna line) and it's remained the same frame up to 2017 (I think). Anyhow the frame remained the same through the 2012 model which is what I've got.

Today I started looking for a Highway bar, engine guard, crash bar, take your pick. Now I'm not mixing in Fat Bobs and Wide Glides and Low somethings, but I can't figure out why there's bars for '08 to '10 model Super Glides and then for '12 and up models? Or it fits FXDC but not FXDCI. If you got an '11 I guess you're just SOL.

I can see some won't fit with forward controls. I guess they use the same mounting holes or something, but why won't one for an '06, that uses U-bolts on the down tubes, why won't it fit everything on up if the frame is the same? I just don't get it. :unsure:
 

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Because it is a Harley and they don't cost enough.
 

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I've seen some old posts on here. Wish that guy Eye-M- No-Angel were still around, I'd imagine he would have some thoughts.
 

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He did help me with my rear shocks/springs. It seems my suspension is slightly different than all the other softtails. Their suspension will not fit my bike without hitting. To top it all off, Harley doesn't carry them any where. Can't even special order them. So I had to order them $$$$ from a custom suspension shop. Welcome to the Harley world.

If you really want to get in touch with him he is on facebook.
 

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I've got a bunch of oak trees in the yard, chain, nylon straps, a come a long and a one ton, 4 wheel drive truck that will pull stumps. I'm thinking I'll just get a highway bar (that should fit) and make it fit (if it don't). I think I can do that.
 

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According to Harleys website, part number 49010-06 will fit the 2006 through 2017 Super Glide Customs
Located Here: https://www.harley-davidson.com/store/engine-guard-pa-07-4901006--1#
And the Mustache Engine Guards that I have on my 09 Super Glide Custom, its Harley Part Number is 4900007 and it should also fit you 12 Super Glide Custom according to Harleys Fitment chart. It fits model years 2006 to 2017.
Located here:https://www.harley-davidson.com/store/mustache-engine-guard-pa-07-49000077--1#
Both available in black or chrome.

From what I understand, the FXDC & the FXDCI are the same bike, Super Glide Custom, as a matter of fact, I never saw FXDCI listed anywhere on the Harley site or Harleys Fitment list of bikes. For what its worth, FXDC stands for Factory Experimental Dyna Custom. I don't know where the I comes from other than seeing a couple listed on Cycletrader as FXDC/FXDCI Super Glide Custom for sale. All this being said, I'm sure no Harley expert.
 

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Also I forgot to ask, do you have forward controls or mid controls? The top of the crash bars mount with two bolts at the top onto a mounting bracket with two holes in it where the down tubes are just below the neck. The bottom bolts to the bottom of the frame down tubes with a U bolt on each side
 

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Mine still has the mid controls which I'm fine with. I have seen the FXDC & FXDCI designations but I also read that when all the Harleys got fuel injection, the "I" was dropped.
Those factory Harley highway bars look real nice, but I've been trying to find something in the bargain bin, just haven't found that $49.95 special yet. But I appreciate your time Zebraranger, now I know if it fits a '07, '08, '09' or '10 it will also fit my '12.
 

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Those factory Harley highway bars look real nice, but I've been trying to find something in the bargain bin, just haven't found that $49.95 special yet.
I know what you mean. I found my crash bars new in the box on Craigslist for $100, they were still wrapped and never installed. It saved me $190 compared to $290 new from Harley. I try to keep an eye out for deals like that. Also found on craigslist was a quick release windshield for $100 that's about 3" shorter than my quick release touring windshield. I got that just as a backup and saved about the same dollars over new. But, this was not new like the crash bars and I had to replace two of the four 49mm clamps at a cost of about $60.00. So in the end, the deal wasn't as good as the crash bars deal.
 

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I think you still come out ahead. I just ordered the new bar off Amazon. Most of the reviews were good. Some complained the bolt head is too small. I guess they think washers are only for clothes.

Some complained about the U bolts and loose foot pads. I don't think either is a problem I can't fix, if I have too.

Now I better not get anything else for myself now, don't know what Christmas might bring. Ho Ho Ho!!!
 

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I did see the ones on Amazon, the foot pad issue should be an easy fix. The Harley ones also use the U bolts. I couldn't tell a difference between them and the Harley brand guards. Both are 1-1/4" tubing and the only difference I could really see was the rubber footrest looked a little thicker, slightly different style, and mounted differently on the Harley brand guards. They're definitely not removable on the Harley ones, I checked on mine before I installed them.
They're a easy 10 to 12 minute install once you get started. Just a tip when you install them, don't over tighten the nuts on the U bolts, if you do the metal plate on the bars that the U bolts go through will start to bend around your round frame tubes that they rest against. I also used blue Loctite on them.
 

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Totally forgot about the Locktite. And I got a brand new tube of it on the end table next to me. On the other hand, the little blue spots on the shop floor might be a clue.
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