Before I go on I just wanted to say that all add-ons will be rated 1-10 and 0ne being the worst and ten being the best and definitely worth the price of admission.
The first modification or add-on is the mirror extenders in black HD part# 56000042. This is one add-on that everyone should really consider if you’re tired of looking at your shoulder instead of what is behind you or on the side of you in your mirrors.
The box comes with just about everything you will need. One each of left and right mirror extenders CNC of aircraft aluminum and fit and finish are superb. All I had to buy at the ACE was two Hex Head SS polished bolts and four SS compression washers. The photo speaks for itself on installation. Very easy and shouldn’t take you longer than ½ hour to install.
This add-on is a big 10, though expensive @ $55.oo for the set it is well worth the price. The mirrors do not vibrate and stay in positions. Looks good without sacrificing the cosmetics of the bike. Plus the safety aspect alone tops the list on this one. This is definitely a must have on a long list of add-ons.
The seconded mod is the taking off the fairing and exposing the headlight hidden behind it. The light shroud is made of metal and the rest is ABS black plastic. Wanting the shroud to match the speedometers chrome bezel, so I decided to take it to a custom graphics shop that has done other vinyl graphic for me. They have a highly polish chrome looking vinyl that will fool anyone into believing that it is real chrome. For $10.oo dollars they coved the shroud for me in chrome with this vinyl.
You have to really look very closely to see that its not been chromed by a chroming shop or it came that way. Now headlight and Speedo looks like a matched pair. I would rate this one a 6, only because the headlight looks cheep to begin with and a replacement would be a better choice but would cost considerably more. But for now, and the price I paid, how can you beat it?
The photos will show some other cosmetic work I did to tidy-up the front of the bike. I Auto-Cad a cover for the back of the speedometer and will have that laser cut out of polished SS.
The last add-on is the HD Screaming Eagle Nightstick slip-on muffler. This Jet Black long diffusion disc muffler produces a HD raspy tone when diffusion disk are left in place at the mufflers end. However, once those diffusion disk are taken off, then you get the full Monty of Harley-Davison’s loud “get out of my way” sound that HD is so famous or infamous for. Yes, this muffler takes the Street 500 into the big boys playing field as far as sounding like a Harley only could. Makes it sound like you have a 1200cc instead of a 500cc engine. In fact, earplugs are recommended when riding; remember you have been warned!
What I notice was not only did the Street sound louder like Harley’s do, but also the absence of backpressure on the engine really gave it an extra boost in first and second gear adding to its performance. So much so that it flew me back into the seat when I really hit the throttle hard. This is something I hadn’t notice with the stock muffler. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it was just more noticeable with the Nightstick on verses the stock muffler.
Instructions for removing the six socket head SS cap screws at the end of the Nightstick mufflers end to remove the diffusion disk, very easy. First you will notice that one of the SS screws is tamper-proof and an Allen wrench, AKA: Hex Key, will not work on that one screw and buying a special hollow Allen wrench is not needed.
First, unloosen and remove all five SS socket head screws that are not of the tamper-proof type. Then once they have been remove and the pressure has been removed from the diffusion disks then you can use a vice-grip or Locking pliers to grab the end of the last screw. Turn it as much as you can and keep reclamping the screw head until it is loose enough that you can remove it with your fingers; no special tools needed! If you look at my photos you can replace the end cap with aluminum ¾” spacers that you can buy at any ACE hardware store and get new shorter SS 10-24 cap screws, too. (NOTE: The reason I did this was you could feel the exhaust output 8' feet away.) I painted the end with high gloss engine paint to match the Streets paint scheme.
I would have to rate this add-on a 10 if you want the “ Harley-Davison sound” and the boost in performance. It will take a Street 500 to the next level of motorcycling experience and you will never look back that you didn’t buy the Street 750. Time to do this job about an hour and it is easy to do, too. Remember: Earplugs are not included, and as one member said on this forum and I will quote: Awesome!