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02/18/17 at 03:01:34
 
I found some saddle bags on auction for $50.00. †I wanted to mount them low and out of the way so if anyone is interested I started by relocating the tail lights. I had some †7/8" OD 3/4" ID aluminum †tubing the tail lights would fit inside. I drilled holes in the tubing in order to hold the taillight in and holes that lined up with the rear reflector mount. Then I polished the tubing to give it a finished look.
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Reply #1 - 02/18/17 at 03:04:29
 
Drilled hole to hold in tail lights
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Reply #2 - 02/18/17 at 03:06:04
 
Drilled holes for wires
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Reply #3 - 02/18/17 at 03:09:25
 
Mounted to reflector bracket and drilled hole for the wire
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Reply #4 - 02/18/17 at 03:11:12
 
Mounted with lock nuts
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Reply #5 - 02/18/17 at 03:12:48
 
After polishing all done with the lights. I did have to extend the wires using solder and heat shrink tubing
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Reply #6 - 02/18/17 at 03:16:23
 
Next I made the mounts for the saddlebags . I used 5/8 inch steel rod to make an insert where the lights used to be.
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Reply #7 - 02/18/17 at 03:18:43
 
I cut the rod with a hacksaw to fit in the hole. I drilled it out on the bottom side and tapped the hole to 1/4" X 20  so I could bolt it on.
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Reply #8 - 02/18/17 at 03:22:33
 
Then I drilled the center out and tapped it to fit some screws I had in the garage.
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Reply #9 - 02/18/17 at 03:25:37
 
Next I used 1/4" X 1" aluminum flat bar with washers behind it to space it out from the chrome fender covers (so the chrome wouldn't get scratched).
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Reply #10 - 02/18/17 at 03:29:08
 
I drilled some holes in the flatbar and cut the saddle bags to the length I thought looked good and used threaded rivets to hold them on.
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Reply #11 - 02/18/17 at 03:33:42
 
I might mention the offset of the pulley tends to hold one saddle bag out to side more than the other. Nature of the beast.
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Reply #12 - 02/18/17 at 03:36:31
 
Next I rounded the edges with a sander and polished them up. This is how they turned out. It wasn't real complicated and I like the look. I hope this will give somebody an idea who can't make a decision on what to do about their bags.  Cheesy
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Reply #13 - 02/18/17 at 07:01:33
 
T140,

Good Job!

Do you recall what size the aluminum tubing is?

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Reply #14 - 02/18/17 at 18:47:23
 
They came up looking great!

I found some square section aluminium which the turn signal mount fitted into (with one washer to snug it up). †Mounting to the licence plate bracket tilted them up a bit, which bothered me at first, but hey, at least they point straight at the driver behind me Wink

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