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Have always wanted the vented lowers from Advan Black for my standard Glide. But I’m wondering how bad is the heat gonna be with them. I know they have vents but I wonder how large and effective. And once I get them on they’re gonna stay on (unlike soft lowers). Besides looks was hoping they would help with wind management. Thoughts?
 

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Having lowers > Not Having lowers

The plus's far out way any heat issues. I always get liners for the glove boxes so stuff isn't rattling around.

And I'll say this every time, the only thing that isn't junk on knock off lowers is the body it's self.
 

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after you get your lowers, go to your local hd dealer and buy the screens for the twin cooled models. then you can just pop out the solid blanks and put the screens in their place. that will give you some additional wind for cooling. will run about $30 for the pair. the only thing is you may want to keep your solid blanks in your saddlebag, if it rains and you just have the screens, your shins will get soaked.
 

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I put Hogworkz pre Rushmore lowers on my 2015 standard and loved the shit out of them. The only thing that made them better was putting speakers in them. Never had any heat issues. On last years trip to New Glarus when the temps were literally as hot as hell with full on humidity they performed great and never for one minute did I wish that they were not on there. I will say that I intentionally went with the pre 2014 model lowers because the vent was larger, or at least it seems to be. Now having a 2019 Ultra those are not so bad. Can't say I can notice any arguable difference.
 

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I have a 2012 Road Glide and added the lowers to mine. Now I live and ride in FL, so it will be a bit different in Jersey, but the bike and engine became excessively warm. In traffic the oil gauge temp, I have an aftermarket one, went dangerously high and even with heat shields my legs took a scorching through the jeans. I do have the 255 cams in my 103 and have had the bike professionally tuned so it may/is running leaner than stock so that may add to it. I had to remove mine just for comfort and piece of mind. However I did keep them as when I retire I plan on moving nortward and will use them in the cooler temps.
 

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I have lowers on my 19 and even here in Louisiana with the high humidity it's not unbearable to ride with the lowers. Like someone else said buy the mesh inserts and it should help even more. I mainly bought mine as an extra place for speakers.
 

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I’ve all but given upon Advan getting my color so I may end up getting the Harley ones online from Surdyke or New Castle. A little more but no choice.
 

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after you get your lowers, go to your local hd dealer and buy the screens for the twin cooled models. then you can just pop out the solid blanks and put the screens in their place. that will give you some additional wind for cooling. will run about $30 for the pair. the only thing is you may want to keep your solid blanks in your saddlebag, if it rains and you just have the screens, your shins will get soaked.
^^^^THIS x1,000
 

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I will say that I intentionally went with the pre 2014 model lowers because the vent was larger, or at least it seems to be. Now having a 2019 Ultra those are not so bad. Can't say I can notice any arguable difference.
I agree 100%. When I got my Rushmore lowers, I felt based on how small the vents looked, they had to allow for less air flow. One 95* FL day my riding bud and I switched bikes a few times during the day and neither of us could tell a difference in airflow or one being hotter or cooler than the other.

OP: With the old style some people take off the vent doors in the summer to get a little more air. With the new style people add the vent screens from the twin cooled model to get a little more air. Lowers are the single best thing to add for wind management but it is a bit hotter on the legs to run them in the summer. Nothing you can't deal with though. I do like to take them off in the hottest months here in FL but I got used to riding a Fat Bob for over a year so a RG without lowers is still better than nothing. I just like the extra air going past my legs. Once you get your lowers and do some riding you will ask yourself why in the world did you wait so long to get them.
 

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I bought a pair used from BH#103. I thought i would kill 2 birds with 1 stone and really wanted to add a 2nd set of speakers. I have cloth lowers and like them in the cooler temps.

1st thoughts, put them on the day I got them l and went for a 45 min ride into the city on 85 degree and thought man, this is hot and there is no breeze. Headed home that night after dark when it was cooler and thought man do I like these lowers.

I rode with them for a week and got used to them, they are warmer. Then took them off to get them painted and went for a ride and thought it was going to be a lot cooler and didn't notice the difference. Just for the record I live close to the city but always ride in the country so I will rarely be in heavy stop n go.

They are staying.
 

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I rented a RGU last week out in South Dakota where it was 104 degrees with the heat index. I haven't ridden with lowers since I had a 2011 RGU. I absolutely felt a big heat difference with lowers.
 

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I’m in LA (lower Alabama) and it is both hot and humid. I rode my new FLTRXS for two weeks waiting for my lowers to arrive. When they were installed I looked at that small vent opening and thought, “..man these things are going to be HOT”. Didn’t happen. I can’t explain it, but I just don’t feel the difference in heat. What I do feel is vastly improved air management on the front end. Some of it, to be sure, is the better heat management of the M8 vs the Twinkie...but those lowers do a great job and are not coming off anytime soon.
 

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If you do a lot of highway riding the lowers keep the wind from trying to blowing your legs apart. Heat has never been an issue for me. If you poke around on the back road I can see where heat could be an issue.
 

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I bought a pair used from BH#103. I thought i would kill 2 birds with 1 stone and really wanted to add a 2nd set of speakers. I have cloth lowers and like them in the cooler temps.

1st thoughts, put them on the day I got them l and went for a 45 min ride into the city on 85 degree and thought man, this is hot and there is no breeze. Headed home that night after dark when it was cooler and thought man do I like these lowers.

I rode with them for a week and got used to them, they are warmer. Then took them off to get them painted and went for a ride and thought it was going to be a lot cooler and didn't notice the difference. Just for the record I live close to the city but always ride in the country so I will rarely be in heavy stop n go.

They are staying.
If you do a lot of highway riding the lowers keep the wind from trying to blowing your legs apart. Heat has never been an issue for me. If you poke around on the back road I can see where heat could be an issue.
I guess it also depends on what you wear while riding. I ride in protective gear so the more air flow the better.

My minimum summer gear are tall icon elsinore boots, kevlar lined jeans, armored mesh jacket, gloves, and modular helmet.

I'd rather be on a naked bike in the summertime. The roadglide is relegated to breakfast runs during the summer.
 

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I’ve all but given upon Advan getting my color so I may end up getting the Harley ones online from Surdyke or New Castle. A little more but no choice.
Order these when you buy the lowers and you can pop them off in 10 minutes or less for the really hot summertime riding....
 

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So, everyone running the lower fairings......Can you run the "EXTENDED" Brake pedal?? I've got the Kuryakan one, but I haven't installed it yet.

I'm also looking at the lowers as a place to put speakers.....(and that leads me into how to do six speakers in the bike.....I know this is the wrong place for that question.....)

Thanks!
 

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If I didn't have to change the fairing brackets I would run lowers for sure. With all the crap I have inside the fairing It would be a PIA. I don't ride much in the summer. I sweat my ass off at work, don't want to do it on the bike
 
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