Towards the end of last year we added a Victory to the current stable of J&P motorcycles, a Cross Country to be exact. We immediately started modifying it starting with some Vance and Hines mufflers and then during Biketoberfest we did a series of Ness upgrades smack dab in the middle of the rally. The Ness installs were rather extensive, including a raked set of triple trees to accommodate our 23” wheel along with Ness modular handlebars, foot and hand controls and a whole slew of billet accessories. But we’re not done yet, while we sit snowbound here in Iowa we are going to continue with our modification.
Since we chose to add all chrome from the Ness line, we are looking to add some black parts to add some contrast to the look. One of the factory parts that jumps out as needing attention is the fork legs. From the factory they are a dull aluminum and Kuryakyn makes a slick set of covers (available in chrome or black) that are perfect for our project. Since we have already modified our bike some of the pictures may not exactly mirror your stock bike, but you’ll get the gist. To start with, remove the reflectors from the fork legs and remove the factory fork guards. The fork guards will pop right off, but the reflectors are a little more difficult and may require the use of a heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the double sided tape that is holding them on. After those are removed clean any sticky residue from the reflectors off the forks (I used brake cleaner) and let’s get started with the install.
To start with you’re not going to use much in the way of tools other than a 3mm hex key.
Here is what you are confronted with when you empty the contents of your fresh Kuryakyn package. Be careful as the small white folded paper square contains chrome washers that you will need.
The first thing you’re going to do is take the two O-rings and slide them onto the two aluminum plugs. There is a groove in each plug for each O-ring to rest in.
You’re going to take these and press them into the factory holes at the bottom of each fork leg. It’s easy and doesn’t take much pressure at all.
Next your going to take the 2 small set screws that came with the kit and thread one into the bottom of each of the fork covers leaving just the tip coming through the hole.
Next snap the new fork guards around the fork slider with the threaded holes facing out.
Now take your chrome washers out of the white paper we talked about earlier and put them on the four M5 screws .
Next install the cover on each side with your M5 screws and washers. Each cover will only fit on the side it’s supposed to, so if it’s not fitting, switch sides. Its also important to note that these screws go in at an angle not straight (you can see the angle in the picture). Just run the screws down until they start to snug up, but don’t tighten them yet.
Next drop back down underneath the cover where you originally put the set screws in and tighten them up. The screws will act as “centering” screws and find their way into a divot that was machined into the plugs we pushed in earlier. We want these to be snug, so don’t over tighten.
After this go back and tighten the two M5 screws on each side. If you have an ABS model make sure your ANS wire isn’t pinched and moving freely.
Next do a quick check to make sure nothing is interfering with the suspension sliding up and down (our install was fine). Now go ride your bike!