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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-03-2010, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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saddle bag supports and bags... questions

I just got a used 2003 VN750 and I bought saddle bag supports anticipating buying some saddle bags.

It looks like you need to remove the helmet locks, but it seems like the scew holding them on was secured with locktite (it's TIGHT). Any tricks to removing them? I don't want to bugger the screws or strip them, and I chose the best fitting screwdriver I had to get a good grip.

Will I need to get a relocation kit for the rear lights to fit bags on? If so, where can I get one?

I was thinking of buying them from leatherup, but the ones I saw from the forum were out of stock. Any suggestions for fairly large bags? I travel for work, most of it's too far to ride, but I might spend 2 days or so when I can ride down to places...
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I just got a used 2003 VN750 and I bought saddle bag supports anticipating buying some saddle bags.

It looks like you need to remove the helmet locks, but it seems like the scew holding them on was secured with locktite (it's TIGHT). Any tricks to removing them? I don't want to bugger the screws or strip them, and I chose the best fitting screwdriver I had to get a good grip.

Will I need to get a relocation kit for the rear lights to fit bags on? If so, where can I get one?

I was thinking of buying them from leatherup, but the ones I saw from the forum were out of stock. Any suggestions for fairly large bags? I travel for work, most of it's too far to ride, but I might spend 2 days or so when I can ride down to places...
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Those bolts are made of a soft metal. With some care, they will back out. Relocation kit can be found at RonAyers.com.
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Those screws are really tough. I suspect that's why Kawasaki includes replacements for them in their saddlebag support kit (The one RonAyers carries). I wound up drilling mine. You might want to get your kit in to make sure nothing's changed before using that approach, though.
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Hammer activated impact driver works like a charm.

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I agree with the impact driver. I stripped mine with a cordless bit. Then drilled it out.

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roamergrg,
Yeah u may have to get turn signal/helmet lock relocators, you can buy them, or you can make them yourself if you have access to to a machine shop. I am making my own, i have the steel i need and i am getting them made and having them nickel plated. Anyway, i can have them made and plated for less that $20.
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I found that a phillips bit with a ratchet will give you enough leverage to take them out nice and easy. There are lots of ways to relocate the turn sigs ( I think I am going to mount mine on the brake light housing when I get around to moving them).
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Just as a side bar here, I have a pair of LeatherUP bags.



If your looking at that size / shape, I really didn't need to relocate or have the supports in the back at all. You do definitely lose your helmet locks though if you do that (I never use mine).

Just something to think about.

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Which Leatherup bags were those? I'd really like to NOT move my turn signals
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http://leatherup.com/p/Motorcycle-Sa...ent/90978.html

You can check the height and width measurements against those bags and whatever ones your looking at. When i received them in the mail, I just had to open up the saddle a couple of holes and tie it all back up. On my '93 I was able to set them up pretty much centered on the shocks, and there stiff enough to that they don't go anywhere.

The tops of the bags are pretty close to the signals, but everything opens up nicely, you just have to pull it forward a little bit to get it around the light bucket.

In that position, I haven't had any problems with the heat from the exhaust either, but you always have to look at that and adjust depending on how yours is set up.



Thats what they look at from the top. You can see that they basically rest right underneath the signals, and they are on the smallish side as far as the way they look, but I'm very happy with them.

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