Thanks for the compliments guys.
The wheels were unlaced for the powder. The gun won't fit between the spokes, so the hub wasn't getting covered. I was actually torn between all black and red just like you, but I decided to go with the red since I love red rimmed bobbers. I had someone unlace them for me, so I can't comment on how hard it was. I didn't want to take any chances since you have to true the wheel and everything, so that was one of the only thing I let someone else take care of.
I'll see if I can get some better pics of the struts tomorrow. They're really not as bad as some people make them out to be. Yeah the rides a little rougher, but nothing unbearable or uncomfortable.
I love the apes. The ride is perfect for me. I swapped the stock risers (it's a Spirit 750 btw) for a set of 2" straight risers off of a Sabre. They're just right with the 16" apes. I've gone out on a few hour long rides and have not experienced any numbness. I think swapping out the bars was the hardest part of the whole conversion. I decided to run all the wiring internally, so that made it a lot more difficult, but worth it in the end--nothing like a set of clean bars.