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Our Top 5 DIY Biltwell Upgrades | Customizing Your Motorcycle

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One of the biggest joys of owning a motorcycle is customization. The idea of this can be intimidating but there are tons of little ways you can upgrade that are inexpensive, fun, and can be done within a few minutes of your time.  We promise once you start, you may not be able to stop, so we picked 5 easy Biltwell modifications that will get you well on your way and will even walk you through application via their youtube "How Tos". 

Grips $17.95

Construction: Injection-molded Krayton synthetic rubber

Fitment: Biltwell grips are available in 1” & 7/8". These grips are made from the same material used in dirt bike and BMX grips: Kraton Rubber. They are softer and more comfortable but also wear quicker. Just like a dirt bike, plan on changing them often, depending on how hard you ride and in what conditions.

Details: We recommend using WD-40 to install the grips and suggest letting them dry overnight. Adding a ring of safety wire on each end is a standard moto practice and all grips have grooves to accommodate this.

Note: Using Biltwell rubber grips on H-Ds will often require that your motorcycle is equipped with an aftermarket throttle tube (our Whiskey throttle tube, for instance). The grips do not have a built in plastic throttle tube, they are meant to slide over a higher-quality aluminum tube.


Foot Pegs $74.95 - $119.95

Construction: Foot peg body is constructed of investment-cast stainless-steel. Clevis: investment-cast chromoly steel, tumble finish with chrome plating. Stainless-steel Allen cap hardware (clevis pivot pin/bolt and associated hardware not included).

Details: The design and proportions of our Sanderson footpegs were cribbed from Anderson aftermarket pegs made popular by chopper pioneers of the ‘60s.

Install: Drop some Loctite on the clevis shaft before you rotate your foot pegs into your ideal riding position. Add another drop of Loctite to the socket cap screw that will bolt your peg to the clevis. Tighten down and you are ready to rip.

Fitment: These pegs bolt right onto a ton of different H-Ds with female style clevises. Unfortunately, the MoCo threw us a curve ball and these pegs will not bolt-on to the following models: 13-17 XL1200V/XL1200X/XL1200C XL12000CX, 13-17 FXSB/SE, 11-13 FXS, and/or 08-11FXCW/C. If you don't see your H-D in that list, you should be good to go.


Mirrors $59.95 for 1 - $119.95 for a Pair

Overview: Biltwell Utility Mirrors boast clockworks precision and timeless retro style to stand out or blend in on any stock or custom motorcycle you can imagine. Precision die-cast aluminum construction with stainless-steel ball joint mounting hardware. Tempered glass mirrors available in 3.75” round. Threaded mirror stalk base accepts 5/16-18 stainless steel button cap Allen bolt for easy mounting on a wide range of stock Harley and select aftermarket hand controls. The pair version comes set up for left and right side mounting.

Construction: Investment cast and CNC-machined 6061 T-6 aluminum; hand polished.

Fitment: For ironheads, cone shovels, Sportsters and Evo’s.

Details: The rippled water droplet look is a classic styling element that appears on a number of Biltwell products, including our Ripple CV carb top and the ends of our Kung Fu grips. We recommend using a new gasket (not included) where applicable during installation.

No video needed (super easy!)

Stash Tube $29.95

Construction: CNC lathe-turned alloy end caps; black electroplated steel hardware; rugged polycarbonate clear tube.

Fitment: Mounting hardware on US-spec license plates fits into the L-brackets on Stash tube to hold the assembly in place. Plastic tube houses documents and contraband to keep info and materiel safe.

Details: Fits license plate bolt pattern in all 50 US states. Does not fit Euro, Australia, or Asia spec license plates.

May this be the start of making your bike your own and learning how to do it yourself. You gotta start somewhere and Biltwell is here to help - Ashmore