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Bags - 2014+ OEM Style Top Shop Bags painted and sold by The Factory Match

My painted TopShop extended bags arrived yesterday afternoon (courtesy of The Factory Match) and the bags look pretty fantastic. As I was prepping for installation I ran across an issue that I'm not sure what the "correct" course of action is.

Here is my problem;

The OEM bags use rubber isolation grommets that the quick release fasteners go through when attaching the bags to the bike. The holes in the OEM bags are large enough to accommodate said isolation grommets.

On the TopShop bags the holes drilled into the side of the bags is significantly smaller in diameter and there isn't any way that the rubber isolation grommets will fit into those holes. Which leads me to my questions.

1. Are the TopShop bags supposed to be installed without using the isolation grommets?
2. Am I supposed to drill out the existing holes in the TopShop bags so that I can use the isolation grommets?
3. Has anyone else experienced the same thing (i.e. did I just get a defective set of bags)?
4. For anyone else that has experienced the same issue, what was your final solution?

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The grommets have a recess in the middle section that should fit the topshop bags just fine... mine did... they wer a little tough to install since the glass bags are a bit thicker than oem bags.

After looking close at the pic... the bags are drilled correct.. the carpet lining is what you see on the inside... just remove the layer of liner to the diameter of the drilled hole..

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The grommets have a recess in the middle section that should fit the topshop bags just fine... mine did... they wer a little tough to install since the glass bags are a bit thicker than oem bags.

After looking close at the pic... the bags are drilled correct.. the carpet lining is what you see on the inside... just remove the layer of liner to the diameter of the drilled hole..

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Geez, I guess I shouldn't attempt to do anything on my bike when I'm trying to recover from a nasty upper respiratory infection :(

I really feel like quite the idiot. I think you're absolutely right Spazz. I'll double check your observation tonight. Thanks for the help!
 

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Geez, I guess I shouldn't attempt to do anything on my bike when I'm trying to recover from a nasty upper respiratory infection :(

I really feel like quite the idiot. I think you're absolutely right Spazz. I'll double check your observation tonight. Thanks for the help!
No problem.... let us know how it goes..... I hope I'm right.... looks that way to me in the pic.... I had to clear the liner as well.
 

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No problem.... let us know how it goes..... I hope I'm right.... looks that way to me in the pic.... I had to clear the liner as well.
Yep, you were right Spazz :)

Got left side bag installed last night before I hit the bunk. Will get right side done tonight.
I won't lie, those dang hinge screws are a pain the arse. Specifically the two that go through the canvas and screw into the lower holes on the hinge. My service manual says something like "caution - these screws strip easily, especially the two lower screws". They weren't frickin' kidding. Stupid things.............

Had to stop by Fastenal this morning and I picked up a complete set of high quality allen head screws to replace all the cheap HD stock ones (soft to start with and probably made in China).

Left bag lid requires a bit more finesse to close and lock than what I'm used to with the OEM bags, but I'll learn to live with that because these things are going to look fantastic.
 

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Good deal... I found adjusting the hinges slightly will improve the lid closing... there is not alot of play, but enuf to improve it

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Good deal... I found adjusting the hinges slightly will improve the lid closing... there is not alot of play, but enuf to improve it

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Hey Spazz, care to elaborate? Adjusting the actual hinge itself, or the two hinge strikers, or the latch mechanism? I'm a newb at this so any guidance, recommendations would be appreciated.

Thank you!
 

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Hey Spazz, care to elaborate? Adjusting the actual hinge itself, or the two hinge strikers, or the latch mechanism? I'm a newb at this so any guidance, recommendations would be appreciated.

Thank you!
Sorry about that... the strikers.. there is a tad bit of play... not much

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Sorry about that... the strikers.. there is a tad bit of play... not much
Thanks Spazz. Got the right side bag on last night so now the install is complete. I did stop by Fastenal and buy a pack of black oxide coated allen head bolts to replace all of the stock harley hinge fasteners. The new bolts I picked up are much harder than the OEM ones and they worked a treat. Only stripped one of them :)

I did have to trim the new bolt length a little bit but in the end all is well. Since I replaced the stock hinge bolts, I also added a small flat washer and small lock washer to each of the new hinge latch bolts. That should keep them from rattling loose. Haven't tried adjusting the strike plate on the left bag yet. The right bag lid closes and latches like a non-stick skillet coated in butter :) But the right bag doesn't much like those darn dzus quick clips at all. I had to really lean on them to get them to click and lock.

I may replace the OEM dzus fasteners with some new hardware to better secure the bags. I've found some pre-made kits, but have also been reading about DIY solutions from the hardware store.

The bags look really great on the bike though, and true to form Everyone that said buy the best and forget the rest were on point with those recommendations. The black denim paint match from The Factory Match is right on, the bags are straight, and if there is a single defect in the paint job I can't find it, and I've looked pretty hard :)

Thanks for all your help and guidance. I'll try and get some pics in the next few days and post them up.
 

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Hey Spazz, my right bag sits a little bit higher than my left bag (by about 3/4"). Is there any adjustments to make the clearance between exhaust pipes more equal from side to side?
 

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Hey Spazz, my right bag sits a little bit higher than my left bag (by about 3/4"). Is there any adjustments to make the clearance between exhaust pipes more equal from side to side?
First thing I would check in the rubber mounts on the bottom of the bags to ensure its fully seated and not holding the bag up higher.

If that's ok... you can loosen the bag support at the back end and rotate it down slightly... again.. there is a slight bit of play in the support... might be enough.

One thing I did was swap out the bag latches for a set from Topshop... they allow you to adjust the bag height by about 3/8"-1/2"... I didn't believe it at first, but they do.

*** I bet it's just the support bar adjustment.**** as long as the rubber bushings are fully seated in the bottom of the bags that rest on the support bars.****
 

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First thing I would check in the rubber mounts on the bottom of the bags to ensure its fully seated and not holding the bag up higher.

If that's ok... you can loosen the bag support at the back end and rotate it down slightly... again.. there is a slight bit of play in the support... might be enough.

One thing I did was swap out the bag latches for a set from Topshop... they allow you to adjust the bag height by about 3/8"-1/2"... I didn't believe it at first, but they do.

*** I bet it's just the support bar adjustment.**** as long as the rubber bushings are fully seated in the bottom of the bags that rest on the support bars.****
Kind enough to send a link? I can't find them on their website........... :(

Edit: Are you referring to their latch covers?

Best I can tell (as I was on my back looking at the same things you mentioned above last night) the two long rubber isolators that go into the bottom of the bag are fully seated up into the bag. And, when the bag is installed it looks like they are fully seated onto the saddlebag support bar. I may try adjusting the saddlebag support bar. As I mentioned earlier, the dzus pin install on that right side took a bit of force/massaging to get them latched, and looking at the assembly it's because the bag sits a little higher on that side. I'll double check everything again this afternoon. Thank you.
 

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Kind enough to send a link? I can't find them on their website........... :(
Contact Kristie Kobes at Topshop.... she sells them...
 

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Kind enough to send a link? I can't find them on their website........... :(

Edit: Are you referring to their latch covers?

Best I can tell (as I was on my back looking at the same things you mentioned above last night) the two long rubber isolators that go into the bottom of the bag are fully seated up into the bag. And, when the bag is installed it looks like they are fully seated onto the saddlebag support bar. I may try adjusting the saddlebag support bar. As I mentioned earlier, the dzus pin install on that right side took a bit of force/massaging to get them latched, and looking at the assembly it's because the bag sits a little higher on that side. I'll double check everything again this afternoon. Thank you.
Or you can go to their FB page....



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Those are trick! I'll contact them. Same lead time as bags or do they usually have them in stock?

Any issues with them loosening up or do they seem to hold tight? Did you use lock washers between the know and large OEM flat washer, or use them exactly the way they are shown in the illustration?

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Those are trick! I'll contact them. Same lead time as bags or do they usually have them in stock?

Any issues with them loosening up or do they seem to hold tight? Did you use lock washers between the know and large OEM flat washer, or use them exactly the way they are shown in the illustration?

Thanks.
I've had them since I got my bags... not once have they loosened up.

Just the rubber grommet on the bag and large washer from oem

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