J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part III – Working on the Slim

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April 12, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Slim 1Editor’s Note: In January we introduced you to our most recent project of updating four bikes: a 2012 Sportster® XL1200V (72), a 2013 Softail® FLS (Slim), a 2012 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide® and a 2012 Goldwing GL1800P, here. Well since then we’ve shared the work on the Sportster 72 and now we’re showcasing the Slim. Here is the low down on the work done.

Ok, ok, I’m sorry, ok?  I offered Scout’s honor that my blog entries on the build projects would be more timely.  Well, let that be no reflection on Scouts of any kind.  The dishonor is mine.  My humblest apologies – now – down to business.

With its sleek, yet muscular lines, the 2013 FLS Slim was the perfect canvas for a blackout theme featuring artistic flourishes and innovative performance components. The artistry was provided by tried and true masters such as Arlen Ness with Black Hot Legs (part number 534-865) and Fork Covers (part number 231-346) to set the tone on the leading edge of the bike. Incredible creative style is showcased in the Battistinis Wireframe series.  Our Slim is sporting Battistinis Wireframe Floorboards (part number 544-584), Heel Toe Shifters (part number 544-597), Shift Rod (part number 544-609) and Brake Arm (part number 693-185).

Slim 2Roland Sands Design left a huge thumbprint on this project and – wow – the results are extremely cool!  The Slim features the RSD Black Ops Clarity line throughout.  If you haven’t checked out the Clarity line yet, it’s really something to behold.  As the name implies, they give you a glimpse of the guts of the machine in action.  Literally, they have clear covers giving you performance you can see and feel with the Clarity Cam Cover (part number 505-015), Air Cleaner (part number 505-094), Derby Cover (part number 505-068) and Clutch Cable Cover (part number 633-343).  The RSD line is also responsible for the rocker box covers, Tracker Grips and transmission cover.  The bike is currently on tour and time didn’t allow for mounting of the wheels, which will be the RSD Morris series as well as the rotors and pully.

Performance and ride can never be an afterthought, and they certainly received due attention on this project.  Getting down into the guts, we replaced the stock cams with a Fueling HP+ 525 Cam Chest Chain Drive Kit (part number 420-472).  Watching just the oiling action through the Clarity cover is a thing of beauty.  Hey, I’m easily amused.  The improved torque and acceleration provided by Feuling is being delivered via an Evolution Diamond Terminator Clutch (part number 630-966).  The growl is courtesy of a Vance and Hines Black Bigshot Staggered Exhaust (part number 533-779).

Image 3Impeccable control and ride were provided by our friends at Progressive Suspension with their 422 Series shocks with the Remote Adjustable Preload (RAP) system (part number 504-846) and Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit (part number 220-925).  The Mayhem Satin Black handlebars by KST Kustoms topped off the bike’s killer lines.

Just like most of our customers, we wanted this bike to be a rider.  We saw to the rider’s comfort with a Wide Tripper seat and Pillion by Mustang.  We placed a Küryakyn Phase 7 LED headlamp (part number ZZ36773) up front and as an extra cool detail, replaced the stock turn signal lenses with Auto-Gem Smoked Glass lenses (part number 632-659).

That about covers the FLS Softail Slim. My final submission for this series will detail the Tri-Glide and Goldwing projects.  I’ll get something out there as soon as I can.  The promise of springtime is still out there (though it’s sleeting and 46 degrees as I write this here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa) and a freshly tuned bike rarin’ to go, I won’t be offering any promises as to how soon!

Comments (17)

Brett — I just have to write and say how disappointed I was at the J&P Open House last Saturday. I had actually been in the Showroom 3 times in the 10 days prior to the event. I kept thinking I would find the Slim on display but did not. Saturday was a great day and I bought several hundred dollars of great J&P products. However, I circled the grounds 4 times over a period of 5 hours looking for the J&P Slim that day. I asked at least 1/2 dozen of the Staff, including the great folks at J&P Information Tent. They got on their radios and I was finally told it was insided Annex Buliding #2 but once there, I was told it had been taken away……….only to discover it sitting outside over in the end of a row of bikes that had been getting serviced. It was more or less hiding, certainly not displayed and if I had not intentionally gone almost behind the building, I would not have spotted it at all. I had told all my friends that I was with, that I really wanted to see it. It was dirty and the fender was even scratched. Frankly, I was embarressed for J&P Cycles.

I couldn’t find the RSD Morris wheels on your website; are they still new and not yet published? And in regards to the KST Kustom Mayhem bars, which specific type/size did you end up putting on the build? And do you have pics of the final product? I’m curious to see many pics because I just purchased a ’13 Slim and I haven’t found any other builders who have tried to customize this bike yet to such great extents.

Will this Slim be on display in June at the Open House in Anamosa? HOPE SO!!!

Hi Brad, thanks for reading and posting! Yes, the Slim will be on display at the Open House Rally.

Hi Brett, i live in Perth Australia and own a Slim. I like what you have done and would be interested in some more info especially the smoked lenses with regard to stop,tail indicator combo. Thanks mate.

Hi Len – The lenses are the glass Bullseye Lens by Auto-Gem. Beyond delivering a cool retro look they’re practical as well, in that the ribbed design disperses the light evenly, making you highly visible. They come in the smoked that you see on this bike as well as red and clear. Auto-Gem is about to release an amber version shortly. Installation is a snap. If you click on the link in the article you’ll be taken to the page featuring the Smoked Bullseye Lens. If you scroll down there’s a video showing how easily they go on your bike.

Sorry for my english, i ve just finished to talk with the technical support of jp shop, can tell me if those floorboards batistinis wireframe fit well or not for a fls slim or if you custom them . .. all over pieces batisitinis are ok but not those one in the fit departement . . .
Thanks a lot . . . .

Hello Jean-Rene’, thanks for following the blog and for your question. The Battistinis floorboards we used bolt directly on to the 2013 FLS without any customization required of the installer.

Still waiting for brand new pictures of my future brand new bike, who will leave my hd garage onthe 8 of june, with black modification not so far to this one . . . .Is this in picture on the last veterans and current service members e mail ???

Indeed it is.

How about a custom back rack? so we don’t have to relocate the license plate and lights and able to keep the old school look.

I did a little digging and there is not yet a luggage rack available that leaves the rear lights in place. I’m with you, I’m all about the old school.

Well Amanda, it is not a custom backrest but I have personally achieved what your’re wanting toaccomplish. I did it with a touch of help from Kuryakyn AND original HD parts, even though HD says it can’t be done without relocating the signals (and license plate) down to hanging off the rear fender. I refused to move the signal/stop lamps and give up that ‘Ol School character, which candidly is the soul of this bike. I removed the stock HD “aero” style mounting stems and thus the stock side license plate holder. I purchased a Kuryakyn curved side mount license plate holder (part#446-569) and mounting clamp (#446-570) from our best friends, J&P Cycles. Next I added HD’s one-piece detachable sissy bar & backrest (#52760-11 and #52300038) which requires HD docking kit (#53932-03A) of course. Once Kuryakyn’s plate holder is moved down onto the Softail’s swing arm, you can install HD’s straight tube style mounting stems on the signals. (I can not find that part number at the moment) The HD kit comes in black & has flat base plates to cover the extra hole on each strut. The Slim’s stock bullet style combination stop/signal lights bolt right on to these stems. NOTE: These HD stems have the slotted docking bushings on the inside edge (at the base end by the strut) because they are designed to accomodate a detachable luggage rack. I removed these and milled the stems down to eliminate those docking points AND keep the stems short and tight to the bike. WAH-LA!! The plate moved down near the rear axle, the HD bullet lights are retained in their original position AND the sissy bar goes on & off at will. I was able to totally retain the Old School Bobber look. I really said I was going to keep this little trick to myself to retain a personal touch others would not have but seem selfish to not share. If our partners on th J&P team share this post to their blog and you decide you want to tackle this tweek on the FLS Slim, let me know and I will find the HD part number for the signal stem mounting kit.

The work on the FLS is looking really cool. One question comes to mind – did your camera break? Only 3 pictures? Come on!! Give us more!

I’m glad you like the bike. Asked and answered, Brad. I’ve talked to the “Blog Boss” and we’ll get some more images posted shortly. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Brett,
That will be great! One other question. I have a Slim and am interested in that Mustang seat you referenced but when I pull it up, I can’t see that the FLS is lsited on the Fitment Chart? I would like to have some confirmation AND wonder if there is any Two-Up seats from Mustang that fit the FLS? Where should I look for this information? thanks again,
Brad in Ames, Ia.

For other readers, I responded to Brad offline but decided to touch on his question on the blog. The Mustang Wide-Tripper seats I mentioned were not yet listed on our site. That has been remedied and will be available online as soon as possible. Mustang’s line for the Slim are all solo seats and passenger pillions as two separate pieces. There’s not currently a one-piece “2-up” style seat.

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