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Just ordered the removable tour pack conversion kit for my 2013 Road Glide Ultra, anyone have any advice on installation. Thanks
 

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Unfortunately, can't help you with install advice, because mine was worked in as part of the deal.

What I will tell you to watch out for, is, if the detachable rack does not have the "ledge" that your wiring sits on like that on your stock fixed rack, you'll need to find a way to keep the wiring off your rear fender when your detachable tour-pak is on the bike.

I'm getting my fender replaced as a result of pitting/marring caused by the wires (specifically, plugs) sitting on the fender after a long trip. Had I done the install myself, I'd have eaten the cost of the replacement, or just had to live with a damaged fender. Fortunately I've got a great service department and a super service manager.

The "fix" for this was addressed in another forum I saw after the damage was done to mine. No pictures were provided and to me, the directions were vague. Can't say exactly what was done, but had something to do with heating and forming plexiglass, attaching that plexiglass to the bottom of the rack and then resting the wires in that. Have no idea how thick the plexiglass was, or how it was formed. Propane torch, heat gun, I don't know. Might give the plexiglass thing a try. Here's what I will tell you. Don't think for a minute those plugs sitting on your fender for even a short ride won't damage your paint; they will.
 

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Unfortunately, can't help you with install advice, because mine was worked in as part of the deal.

What I will tell you to watch out for, is, if the detachable rack does not have the "ledge" that your wiring sits on like that on your stock fixed rack, you'll need to find a way to keep the wiring off your rear fender when your detachable tour-pak is on the bike.

I'm getting my fender replaced as a result of pitting/marring caused by the wires (specifically, plugs) sitting on the fender after a long trip. Had I done the install myself, I'd have eaten the cost of the replacement, or just had to live with a damaged fender. Fortunately I've got a great service department and a super service manager.

The "fix" for this was addressed in another forum I saw after the damage was done to mine. No pictures were provided and to me, the directions were vague. Can't say exactly what was done, but had something to do with heating and forming plexiglass, attaching that plexiglass to the bottom of the rack and then resting the wires in that. Have no idea how thick the plexiglass was, or how it was formed. Propane torch, heat gun, I don't know. Might give the plexiglass thing a try. Here's what I will tell you. Don't think for a minute those plugs sitting on your fender for even a short ride won't damage your paint; they will.
Stop by a window tint place and get you a small piece of window tint. Install on the fender with the seat off. It will give great protection. Works good behind the pad that hangs down on the tour pak too. Also, I remedied mine by making my own wiring harness and all the connectors are under the seat.
 

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I installed mine without lights as I had just added the HD LED lights to the saddlebags. Sometime later I saw the need for a rack on top, when I was ordering the rack I also ordered the small running lights just fit under the rack.

I just couldn't bring myself to drill the top of the tour-pak, after spending 2K, so I talked to the service mgr. Local dealer did the job for 1/2 hr labor. They took the wire and used a small zip tie to the detachable mounting bracket with the plug under the seat......no problems with it rubbing
 

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I too worked my four point quick release into the deal. However after reading these post I did notice the dealer did use a small zip tie under the tour pack to keep the plugs off the fender. I still have to come up with a better way to secure the wiring harness when I have the pack off. Right now I just route it back into the seat where the backrest would slid into. Hopefully that will help keep some rain out if it...
 

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Stop by a window tint place and get you a small piece of window tint. Install on the fender with the seat off. It will give great protection. Works good behind the pad that hangs down on the tour pak too. Also, I remedied mine by making my own wiring harness and all the connectors are under the seat.
Thanks much for the info Smarty. I entertained buying some 3m protective tape. Way more expensive and probably not as protective as your idea. I see this as more of a temporary solution than an actual fix.

Zip ties are a no go. A simple 5 min on/off operation turns into a PITA both installing the ties exactly right, and then contorting myself in weird positions in order to cut them off and release the wires.

I'm really interested in learning how you worked the harness. Best idea I've heard so far, and one that HD should have incorporated in the first place since they chintzed on the tour-pak rack. I'm guessing you improvised the harness coming from the tour-pak?
 

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Thanks much for the info Smarty. I entertained buying some 3m protective tape. Way more expensive and probably not as protective as your idea. I see this as more of a temporary solution than an actual fix.



Zip ties are a no go. A simple 5 min on/off operation turns into a PITA both installing the ties exactly right, and then contorting myself in weird positions in order to cut them off and release the wires.



I'm really interested in learning how you worked the harness. Best idea I've heard so far, and one that HD should have incorporated in the first place since they chintzed on the tour-pak rack. I'm guessing you improvised the harness coming from the tour-pak?


All the connections are hard wired in the tour pack and comes out on the inside of the tour pack mount underneath and runs along the frame ( chrome strut cover) and then plugs into a wye connector (made by me) by the battery. The plug that runs to the rear lower tail lights is where the wye goes and provides a place to plug the tour pack.


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I did 3 of these conversions one in my bike and 2 on other similar one was a cvo batwing Ultra and a RGU. The cvo was harder since I had to contend with the he tp and saddlebag auto locking feature. What I wound up doing was I made my own Deutsch plugs since I had to buy the tool from snap on for $90 to do the 3 wires plug in the kit and I bought all the plugs and pins from my local Harley shop and I made all the plugs stay under the seat and I used the same vinyl slip sleeve from the handlebar wires to slip all the wires through so it looked real stock. I also used bigger plugs to make it quicker to detach the tp by consolidating all the wires into 2 plugs one in each side of the bike. I also made the longer wire to go with the tp when removed in order to have less bulk under the seat. With the ultras having more stuff in the back with the switches for the passenger, speakers, lights, power ports, and even power locks you didn't need these big amounts of wires sitting under the seat curled up on top of any modules you may have along with fuse blocks so on and so forth. Good luck and if you have any questions shoot me a pm with any questions.
 
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