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Detachable tour-pak kits

I am thinking about doing a detachable kit on my bike. I hate the look of the saddle bag lights so I will go with the tombstone lights from custom dynamics. My question is should I pony up the money for the Harley brand kit or should I go with an after market? Is the quality going to be good enough to warrant the price difference?

https://www.shoputahharley.com/produ...EaAhc-EALw_wcB

Lights I want to use instead of saddle bag lights
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/176...g-support-leds

Docking
https://www.ebay.com/p/Chrome-4-Poin...2486295&chn=ps

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Detachable-...MKv:rk:12:pf:0
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I would go with the Custom Dynamics Fillerz, the pro beam are the latest, greatest version, you can order them direct from Custom Dynamics as your turn signals/brake/run light combination.

I think the lights that go on the bags ruin the look. Up here they put exact same shape reflectors as those lights on the RG and SG saddlebags "for safety", even though we have the big fender brake light on all models, ridiculous.

As far as the hardware, I've found that cheaper isn't always better when it comes to that. The HD stuff is engineered for the bike and the aftermarket is sometimes a poor fitting replacement. There are good ones, for sure, but oem is usually better for that purpose and I am the last guy to recommend keeping your bike "all hd equipped".


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I would go with the Custom Dynamics Fillerz, the pro beam are the latest, greatest version, you can order them direct from Custom Dynamics as your turn signals/brake/run light combination.



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Problem with the Fillerz….they have limited visibility due to being recessed between the fender and bags.
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I went through the same dilemma and decided to buy the items separately. I bought the Harley filler lights (they look better to me), bought the license plate bracket that $85 I think and then found the plastic chrome fillers for where the docking hardware would go and that was that. It’s 4 bolts that hold the TP and unplug a few connectors. Its not difficult or timely to put the TP back on.
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I would go with the Custom Dynamics Fillerz, the pro beam are the latest, greatest version, you can order them direct from Custom Dynamics as your turn signals/brake/run light combination.

I think the lights that go on the bags ruin the look. Up here they put exact same shape reflectors as those lights on the RG and SG saddlebags "for safety", even though we have the big fender brake light on all models, ridiculous.

As far as the hardware, I've found that cheaper isn't always better when it comes to that. The HD stuff is engineered for the bike and the aftermarket is sometimes a poor fitting replacement. There are good ones, for sure, but oem is usually better for that purpose and I am the last guy to recommend keeping your bike "all hd equipped".


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The link I provided was for the fillerz. I said tomb stones but meant fillerz. I do know that there is some really good aftermarket and some really shitty stuff. I tend to watch reviews/where it is made to see what others have experienced and just like here I like to get opinions of what people think as well. Here I can have a conversation unlike reviews.

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Problem with the Fillerz….they have limited visibility due to being recessed between the fender and bags.
Good point! I had wondered about that but I believe from the rear it is fine. I think it would be more of an issue like changing lanes when people are at a side angle. Hmmm maybe I will look into other options.
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I went through the same dilemma and decided to buy the items separately. I bought the Harley filler lights (they look better to me), bought the license plate bracket that $85 I think and then found the plastic chrome fillers for where the docking hardware would go and that was that. It’s 4 bolts that hold the TP and unplug a few connectors. Its not difficult or timely to put the TP back on.
If I am reading correctly rather than having the bracket and docking hardware you just unbolt and bolt it in. Then use factory plugs to plug the holes when unbolted? Interesting, I hadn't thought about doing that?
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If I am reading correctly rather than having the bracket and docking hardware you just unbolt and bolt it in. Then use factory plugs to plug the holes when unbolted? Interesting, I hadn't thought about doing that?
Yep, 4 bolts and that tp is off. Put the four bolts back in with the filler panel. Some dealers will give you those filler panels from customers who buy the docking hardware or you can find on ebay.
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Just un-bolting it will be cheaper but the QD rack will make it way easier. I take mine on and off a lot. I can see unbolting and re-bolting being a huge PITA. I really can't see being able to do it alone. Maybe I'm wrong and its easy.
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I probably would go the route of unbolting over QD if I planned to primarily ran with or without a TP. However I could see me taking it on and off a lot and that reason I will do the QD. I was almost sold on doing the Harley kit for the $500 bones over the other manufactures. Then realized that the Harley kit is made in Taiwan and after reading the reviews I believe I have found some nice stuff. I did go with the CD fillerz as that is what I really want and honestly I think you can have a flashing billboard on the back of your bike and people still wouldn't see you.

I maybe guinea pigging myself but hey live and learn. I may make a video of the stuff and its install?


Here is my parts list of stuff I ordered..

Tail light to put the tag window down $26

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Drag-Specia...53.m2749.l2649

Docking hardware $30

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chrome-4-Po...53.m2749.l2649

TP mount I liked this one because it is one piece and not a bolt together. $54

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Up-Tour...53.m2749.l2649

Lights $200

https://www.customdynamics.com/fillerz-chrome?cat=377

Light bulb for the laydown lens $20 2 pack




License Plate relocate bracket $51

https://softbrake.com/product/softbr...e-relocator-2/

Total of $381 so I saved around close to $300. I would have spent $488 on the Harley kit and then $200 on CD lights. I hate the saddle bag lights in the Harley kits.
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Alright, maybe I'm missing something here. Is there a law that I'm missing that says once you have a tour pack that you have to have more lights? Or is this just a wish of the OP? I've been thinking about this for several years now, back to my '12, just haven't done it yet. However I was thinking all I'd need is the four point docking hardware, detachable tour pack mounting rack and a tour pack. Something along these lines, of course using any brand components you'd like.

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