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Reviewed by: Setrocana (setrocana)
Reviewed for: 2003 1800 VTX1800R (Retro)
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 4
Ease of install: 3
Would buy again: yes
'Universal' is the key word here, however, fits and looks nice on the bike. Ordered with the Universal mounting kit. My bike also has the Mapam backrest and luggage rack, which made the install easy. I used the existing mounting location. I lined up the bags so the front edge was just behind the shocks. I removed the front mounting bolt, placed the bag bracket on (had to enlarge the pre-drilled hole), and then marked the location to drill the bag. Drilled my top hole only in the bag. I had to buy longer bolts for the front bracket for the final mount. The rear bracket didn't line up with the existing drilled holes. I inverted the bracket, drilled a smaller hole between the 1st and 2nd pre-drilled hole and then cut off the rest. The kit comes with longer bolts for the rear, and I used the spacers that came in the kit. Then drill the bottom holes and it's rock solid. I used a bit of silicone sealer for additional waterproofing, plus repainted the brackets. They suggest a 2" clearance over the pipes. I'm at 1 3/4". Turned out looking far better than I thought it would.
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