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Matuza lowers on older RGs

I bought the vented lowers w/speaker pods from Matuza. Has anyone installed these on the pre 09 bikes?

I have a stock 04 and the lowers themselves don't fit. The add said you had to modify the cap which I already knew, but the lower itself is
right up against the fairing and not even straight (see pics) and no chance the speaker pods will mount like this. Matuza suggested posting here to see if anyone has had this issue and has a fix.

Any help would be appreciated.
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I bought the vented lowers w/speaker pods from Matuza. Has anyone installed these on the pre 09 bikes?

I have a stock 04 and the lowers themselves don't fit. The add said you had to modify the cap which I already knew, but the lower itself is
right up against the fairing and not even straight (see pics) and no chance the speaker pods will mount like this. Matuza suggested posting here to see if anyone has had this issue and has a fix.

Any help would be appreciated.
The only fix I know of , is to buy the 2010 - 2013 fairing brackets. That or I once heard about a company that made lower fairing mount modification brackets. I can't remember who made them though.

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will these raise my fairing? It needs at least an inch. And are they a direct fit to my fairing?

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I don't know if you're having the same problem I ran into, but my early 00's lower fairing that was given to me touched my inner fairing. I took off my front fairing, bought a 2010 inner fairing bracket ($60), installed the inner fairing and it raised the inner fairing up, which let my lowers fit correctly.

I also bought the Hell's Foundry hidden bracket to clean up the look. I didn't like the mounts that hook up to crash bar.

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will these raise my fairing? It needs at least an inch. And are they a direct fit to my fairing?
Yes, they will raise the rear of the fairing up. Your not the first to do the mod. You will need both outer chrome brackets, and the main center bracket , inside the outer fairing.

I also have the Matazu lower fairings with the 6.5 speaker pods. They fit great on my 2010.

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Yes, they will raise the rear of the fairing up. Your not the first to do the mod. You will need both outer chrome brackets, and the main center bracket , inside the outer fairing.

I also have the Matazu lower fairings with the 6.5 speaker pods. They fit great on my 2010.
Damn that sounds like alot of extra work for something that is supposed to fit other than modifying the caps.

Thanks for the responses guys.
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As said already, the 2010-2013 fairing brackets will move your fairing to allow those lowers to fit. I did this on my '06 (also bought the Mutazu lowers) and they fit perfectly. It all depends on how you want the final outcome to look. I preferred it too look like it was meant to be there rather than cutting and modifying pieces. It really is not all that much work, the wiring in the fairing is pretty self explanatory coming apart and going back together, just takes some patients and a good afternoon and working at it, but the outcome was more than worth it to me to swap the fairing mounts.

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The Matazu lower fairings are the same height as the HD are. These lowers are for batwing bikes and they will work on 2010 and later RG's if the fairing cap is trimmed. To make them work on the 2009 and earlier RG's you need to trim the cap and raise the upper fairing using the 2010 RG fairing mounts.
You would have to raise the upper fairing even if you used HD lower fairings, but if you purchased the 2010 and later HD lower fairings you wouldn't need to trim the cap.
It really isn't too expensive to raise the upper and it isn't that difficult and IMO it is worth the money and the effort, I raised the upper on my 08 RG and installed the 2010 HD vented fairing lowers and put speakers in and I am very happy with the results.
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Good info. Surprisingly in all the threads I've read about installing lowers on glides, trimming the caps etc.....I've NEVER heard this addressed and didn't know you have to swap mounts and that if you DID....you didn't need to trim the caps.

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The Matazu lower fairings are the same height as the HD are. These lowers are for batwing bikes and they will work on 2010 and later RG's if the fairing cap is trimmed. To make them work on the 2009 and earlier RG's you need to trim the cap and raise the upper fairing using the 2010 RG fairing mounts.
You would have to raise the upper fairing even if you used HD lower fairings, but if you purchased the 2010 and later HD lower fairings you wouldn't need to trim the cap.
It really isn't too expensive to raise the upper and it isn't that difficult and IMO it is worth the money and the effort, I raised the upper on my 08 RG and installed the 2010 HD vented fairing lowers and put speakers in and I am very happy with the results.


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