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Very NICE! I like that they are in so close to the bike. Supports and some of the detachable plates move the bags out too far IMO.

What bars are you using on your bike? It looks like you did a lot to the front end of your bike.
Thanks everyone. The bars are HD mini apes and yes I changed almost everything above the triple trees to get rid of the "custom" riser.
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Wingnuts may back off due to vibration.... you may want to consider drilling a small 'safety hole' in the end of your studs, and using a small spring pin (don't know the official name... kinda a thin wire 'clothes pin'), insuring the wingnut won't fall off.

I did some more Home Depot shopping today and I think I found what you were talking about. They have what they call a Cotter Pin (Saftety Pin) in their hardware drawers. It is a .047" safety pin basically. I will see if I can drill a clean hole in the rod at work tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.

I also picked up some more aluminium stock, 3' of 1/8" x 1 1/2". I am going to try 2 pieces on the inside to bolt to the ones on the outside. Should be plenty of stiffness to keep it from rubbing on anything. If it all works I'll polish, bead blast and paint them black.
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Nice job, Vegas! I love it when people post how they just plain solved a problem by ingenuity. There was no kit for this, you did a fine job. Would split lock washers under the wing nuts help the issue? this is almost exactly how the "stock" saddlebags on my softail fasten. It has regular hex nuts inside the bag, though. Your post got me thinking about wing nuts, but, to tell the truth, since I live in a big city, I will prolly keep the hex nuts, since punks do not usually carry a 9/16 wrench around, and getting the wrench out doesn't really slow down MY taking them off and putting them on.
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Nice job, Vegas! I love it when people post how they just plain solved a problem by ingenuity. There was no kit for this, you did a fine job. Would split lock washers under the wing nuts help the issue? this is almost exactly how the "stock" saddlebags on my softail fasten. It has regular hex nuts inside the bag, though. Your post got me thinking about wing nuts, but, to tell the truth, since I live in a big city, I will prolly keep the hex nuts, since punks do not usually carry a 9/16 wrench around, and getting the wrench out doesn't really slow down MY taking them off and putting them on.

Thanks, I'm hoping to get a "mod" named after me like Xena and Gronk have. I just like the ring of "try that Vegas Mod for your bags".

I think the split washers would do fine but I would still be nervous about them rattling off on the highway somewhere. It's my crazy paranoia and I'll have to live with it. The safety pin thing will just be extra piece of mind for me cause if it works there is no way to drop a nut.

As far as them being taken, the Saddlemen have a little loop in the buckle so you can lock them. I know this isn't going to keep everyone out but if they want it bad enough they can take the whole bike too. I guess as long as you don't carry the wrench in your bags for the delinquents to use (are you heading outside to remove the wrench? Be honest now) you aren't losing much time with the hex nuts.

It has been a suprisingly easy project that I have been rolling in my head for a bit. I was on the fence on which turnsignal relocation kit to get and that was holding me back.
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What a great way to mount the bags. Be sure to post any shots of improvements if you do further mods.

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Looks great, good idea, i think i may have to try it myself.
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I've been looking at some of those bags myself. Was also going to use the layback plate/signal relocator. Was really wanting to see the bags on a sortster to make sure they weren't too big. Are those size large or jumbo???Good looking bags, can't wait to do the VegasMod to my Sporty!!
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I've been looking at some of those bags myself. Was also going to use the layback plate/signal relocator. Was really wanting to see the bags on a sortster to make sure they weren't too big. Are those size large or jumbo???Good looking bags, can't wait to do the VegasMod to my Sporty!!

Those are the large (and thanks for being the first to call it the VegasMod ). They are pretty tight between the shock and the turnsignal but if you cheat it back a hair you can stay off the shocks. A buddy of mine has the Medium and they don't look much smaller but I think they are 4.5" shorter front to back and 1/2" shorter top to bottom. The large drifter slant have 1500 cubic inches per set mediums are 1100 so about 200 cu" per bag difference.
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