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So I'd read a comment by someone, can't remember who or where, who stated they'd bought a tour pac from someone and that the gloss black gel coat was "good enough" to pass for painted. It kinda stuck in my mind and I've been looking to pick up a razor tour pack as my king tour pac while nice is just not visually attractive. I find the razor to be almost stylish and would be a great backrest for the girlfriend.

I saw the eBay ad for the Fairing Factory razor tour pac

Fairing Factory Razor Tourpak Tourpack Tour Pak Pack for Harley Davidson Touring | eBay

and since they were only about 30 mins from me I messaged them to see if I could come down and see one for myself in person. They said no problem and I made an appt on a Sat to go.

I showed up and he unboxed one. I'll have to say I was impressed.

Now I was pretty impressed with my painted Mutazu King tour pac but since I've blacked out my bike I intended to go with black hardware on the razor tour pac as well. And since no-one sells a tour pac set up with black hardware I was left with ordering it all seperatly and assembling it myself.

At $149 I think it's the cheapest on eBay. I would have to say that it IS 90% as nice looking as my painted Mutazu. It does have a couple of minor scuffs...and I'm assuming that they won't buff out, but who knows maybe it will. It looks like the amount of scuffs you'd expect to see on a tour pac that's used anyways.

They also sold me a leather pad for $80 but I just may go with a super slim one from CC Motorcycle seats, I haven't decided yet. Here's a couple pics.












You can see that there is plenty of gloss and plenty of reflection in the pics and to my eye it looks painted. Just a heads up for anyone considering it.
 

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Here's some more pics for comparision. The razor is gelcoat only and the king tour pac is painted vivid black. Pretty impressive.







 

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That does look nice. If it's a true gel coat , you should be able to rub blemishes out like on a boat. On gel , the color goes on first.
 

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That does look nice. If it's a true gel coat , you should be able to rub blemishes out like on a boat. On gel , the color goes on first.
Thanks! I'll give it a shot with a little polishing compound and report back.
 

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You got me thinking....I keep calling it gelcoat...is it gelcoat? It's not fiberglass...it's ABS so what else could it be? They wouldn't shoot a clear coat over black....or would they? Hmmmm, I'll update when I get around to trying polishing compound.
 

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So I'd read a comment by someone, can't remember who or where, who stated they'd bought a tour pac from someone and that the gloss black gel coat was "good enough" to pass for painted. It kinda stuck in my mind and I've been looking to pick up a razor tour pack as my king tour pac while nice is just not visually attractive. I find the razor to be almost stylish and would be a great backrest for the girlfriend.

I saw the eBay ad for the Fairing Factory razor tour pac

Fairing Factory Razor Tourpak Tourpack Tour Pak Pack for Harley Davidson Touring | eBay

and since they were only about 30 mins from me I messaged them to see if I could come down and see one for myself in person. They said no problem and I made an appt on a Sat to go.

I showed up and he unboxed one. I'll have to say I was impressed.

Now I was pretty impressed with my painted Mutazu King tour pac but since I've blacked out my bike I intended to go with black hardware on the razor tour pac as well. And since no-one sells a tour pac set up with black hardware I was left with ordering it all seperatly and assembling it myself.

At $149 I think it's the cheapest on eBay. I would have to say that it IS 90% as nice looking as my painted Mutazu. It does have a couple of minor scuffs...and I'm assuming that they won't buff out, but who knows maybe it will. It looks like the amount of scuffs you'd expect to see on a tour pac that's used anyways.

They also sold me a leather pad for $80 but I just may go with a super slim one from CC Motorcycle seats, I haven't decided yet. Here's a couple pics.












You can see that there is plenty of gloss and plenty of reflection in the pics and to my eye it looks painted. Just a heads up for anyone considering it.
Man what a great price for that trunk.
 

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Yeah, it doesn't get any cheaper. Although the complete hardware set in black, including everything you need like the cable, gasket, lock, hinges etc ran me $180. So like $320-$330 total? It also came with the steel plate for the bottom for reinforcement. Hard to beat.
 
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You got me thinking....I keep calling it gelcoat...is it gelcoat? It's not fiberglass...it's ABS so what else could it be? They wouldn't shoot a clear coat over black....or would they? Hmmmm, I'll update when I get around to trying polishing compound.
Try polishing on an inconspicuous area first.
 

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After doing all the math, unless you require the black hardware it'd be cheaper to buy the complete Mutazu setup that is painted. You can get that for $368 shipped. I spent $140 for the upper and lower, $180 for the black hardware kit and $80 for the pad. So $400 total and mine is unpainted. Painted would have run me about $500 total. So a good savings for me cause I only wanted the black hardware but not so much if chrome is acceptable for you.
 

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How did the buffing come out? I see that Fairing Factory has this tour pack plus the new style - both say unpainted but it would be nice if I got one and was able to buff it out instead of just painting it!

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I still haven't try'd buffing it out at all...I did get a couple drops on the face of it from a leaky master cylinder and even tho I got it off in a couple minutes it still left a dull spot....so I'm thinking it may not be "up to" buffing and I don't want to make it worse.

I will say that if I had it to do over again....I'd spend the extra $100 - $150 and just get a painted one. While it does look ok....and the match is "pretty good" ...now I'm kinda wishing I'd gone all the way. I think maybe me having wiped the dust off 10-20 times with a microfiber towel may have dulled the shine a little.

If you just can't swing the extra bucks...then by all means...go for it. But ultimately....it reminds me of someone who put a 10 year old tour pac on a new bike. It's not bad....and most won't notice...but it's just not quite up to paint standards.


TurboChris

How did the buffing come out? I see that Fairing Factory has this tour pack plus the new style - both say unpainted but it would be nice if I got one and was able to buff it out instead of just painting it!

Thanks
 
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I still haven't try'd buffing it out at all...I did get a couple drops on the face of it from a leaky master cylinder and even tho I got it off in a couple minutes it still left a dull spot....so I'm thinking it may not be "up to" buffing and I don't want to make it worse.

I will say that if I had it to do over again....I'd spend the extra $100 - $150 and just get a painted one. While it does look ok....and the match is "pretty good" ...now I'm kinda wishing I'd gone all the way. I think maybe me having wiped the dust off 10-20 times with a microfiber towel may have dulled the shine a little.

If you just can't swing the extra bucks...then by all means...go for it. But ultimately....it reminds me of someone who put a 10 year old tour pac on a new bike. It's not bad....and most won't notice...but it's just not quite up to paint standards.


I was looking into these as well but by the time i got everything needed to be complete it was like 300-350. Next i needed to paint it black quartz. It was going to be about another 300 for labor and materials. At this price I couldn't justify it. My local dealer is offering me a 14 and up color matched tour pak either razor or king for 600 even. All i need to buy is the lock assembly, and backrest so not much price difference in the end.


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If it is a true "gel coat" it will be "Tougher" than the base coat clear coat that is common today.
I have a aftermarket razor pack and installed all of the black hardware. The rivets used to change the hardware require a special tool, or so they say. I wasn't paying for the tool or for the dealer to set them so I improvised and all is fine.

I recently purchased a set of the Matazu speaker lids in vivd black. They looked decent upon arrival, but had some marks in the paint. No big deal, I have everything imaginable to polish out paint. I fired up my machine with a new 4in pad and some HD polish. Went to town and to my surprise, single stage paint. Pad was black after 3 passes. Ill get them redone this winter
 

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It may not be "gel coat" but I don't what it is. Its not fiberglass, it's ABS so....what would they put on ABS during the manufacturing process that would make it glossy? I wouldn't think anything but they are. I would ASSume it's not a clear coat cause....well, why would they do that if they're selling them for you to get painted. I don't know.

As far as the latches, yes, you need the special rivet tool or have to pay HD to do it, but ONLY if you buy HD hardware. I bought hardware off one of the eBay sellers that sells aftermarket black hardware sets. Some of the aftermarket stuff is set up for nuts and bolts and / or regular rivets (where needed). I was able to do it all on my kitchen table.

And why would you repaint your lids? Nothing wrong with single stage paint.
Some prefer it.





If it is a true "gel coat" it will be "Tougher" than the base coat clear coat that is common today.
I have a aftermarket razor pack and installed all of the black hardware. The rivets used to change the hardware require a special tool, or so they say. I wasn't paying for the tool or for the dealer to set them so I improvised and all is fine.

I recently purchased a set of the Matazu speaker lids in vivd black. They looked decent upon arrival, but had some marks in the paint. No big deal, I have everything imaginable to polish out paint. I fired up my machine with a new 4in pad and some HD polish. Went to town and to my surprise, single stage paint. Pad was black after 3 passes. Ill get them redone this winter
 

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I agree, there isn't anything wrong with single stage, unless you want to use a ceramic or quartz based coating on it. I have it on the rest of my painted parts. Other than that, nothing wrong with it.

For the rivets, I used the Harley premium hardware, bought from Jon at Horney Toad. me and a buddy used a couple hammers and a couple center punches to set them. It was not ideal but nothing was scratched or damaged amazingly!

Your bike is looking killer Chris! I am/was in the process of blacking everything out, until last week when I acquired a S&S 106 kit.
 
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