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Read online where quite a few have had their saddlebags taken even when locked. Supposed to be able to pop them off easily in just a few seconds. I decided to get the kit. Could have run around to the hardware stores until I got it all but after I added fuel cost if in the truck and the cost of the stuff, 24.95, free ship and no tax. Worth it if it did cost slightly more. Nice kit, heavy duty. Baggerstds.com is where I got mine. At least some piece of mind it won't be as easy for a thief. Lower is the bolt type.
 

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Nothing wrong with that right there.....
 

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Word's out around this neck of the woods, and it's hard to find the hardware locally with so many buying it up. It'll surprise the critters the first few times they encounter this setup, but I'm wonder how long it'll be before they figure a way around it.
 

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They can get them if they break the latch lock and have the wrench. Only down side would be if they got pissed they can't get them and kick the bike over. A thief has no conscience.
 

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Nothing wrong with that right there.....
Exactly :thumb

Had them in my previous bike and left them there for the next owner (yes, I left the wrench inside the saddle bag :) )

For the RK, my plan is a bit different this time. A friend gave me some butterfly bolts (similar to those in the photo)



and plan to just get the standard leaf spring clip nuts so that I do not need a tool to take off the bags.

 

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Exactly :thumb

Had them in my previous bike and left them there for the next owner (yes, I left the wrench inside the saddle bag :) )

A friend gave me some butterfly bolts (similar to those in the photo)



and plan to just get the standard leaf spring clip nuts so that I do not need a tool to take off the bags.

I like that!!! What size bolts are we using???

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I had a Dyna that I adapted hard bags to. I used 3/8 carriage bolts with nylocks on the inside. The rounded head of the bolt was outside the bags!
 

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While installing the saddlebag guards on my '14 RK... I noticed that the pin's hooks are better protected. I need to see if the same method of using a leaf spring nut will work... More on this later....

But at least HD made it a bit more difficult for thieves to remove them...
 

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I couldn't get the leaf spring nut to fit correctly , the strut area was too thick and it flared out so would not line up and also afraid to squeeze it down and mar the strut or bag when attached!
 

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I couldn't get the leaf spring nut to fit correctly , the strut area was too thick and it flared out so would not line up and also afraid to squeeze it down and mar the strut or bag when attached!
I did not make it to ACE last night... But looks like the'14 bikes have a different mount... reason for my comment above. Your comment on the thickness of the area where the leaf spring nut goes is spot on... looks a lot thicker than before.

I will take out the saddlebag again and see how this can be done with the newer bikes...
 

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I did not make it to ACE last night... But looks like the'14 bikes have a different mount... reason for my comment above. Your comment on the thickness of the area where the leaf spring nut goes is spot on... looks a lot thicker than before.

I will take out the saddlebag again and see how this can be done with the newer bikes...
I haven't observed the fasteners on the new models, but if the end of the 1/4 turn pin is not exposed when it's installed in the receiver plate, then the screwdriver method of theft may not be effective on the new setup. Perhaps The MoCo noted the problem and corrected the weakness?

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I haven't observed the fasteners on the new models, but if the end of the 1/4 turn pin is not exposed when it's installed in the receiver plate, then the screwdriver method of theft may not be effective on the new setup. Perhaps The MoCo noted the problem and corrected the weakness?

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Looks like they did... here are a few photos for those that have not seen them:





Look how thick is that part that the leaf spring nut has to go over... no wonder the normal clips will not work now...





Maybe we can reuse the stock clip and modify it with a nut of some sort... I will remove them to check... but more of a weekend project.

 

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Good deal , keep us posted. I appreciate it.
 

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That mount does not look like it would be vulnerable to the screwdriver method. It doesn't look like the end of the bailhead pin would be exposed when it's installed.

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