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Hi folks. Just joined the forum and really like the site. Maybe someone can help me with a dilemma I'm having. I want to put saddlebags on my 02 Dyna but I don't like the look of leather bags. The factory acc. hard bags look like whomever designed them was on a bender or something. Also the aftermarket fiberglass bags all look like something out of Star Wars! I would like to put on a set of older style HD dresser bags and was wondering if anybody has done the modifications that are needed to make them fit. I don't have a problem welding up brackets etc. but any help to make this easier would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 

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'sorry, Sheepboy. I've either purchased the bags, had someone construct them for me or have hard bags already on the bike. I understand your feeling about bags--they're a very personal part of your bike. Have you tried a leather shop or a shoe shop? Sometimes the folks there work on saddlebags. Just a thought. And another thought: several newer bags use something that generically can be called "ghost brackets", which may or may not involve installation of a solid backing on a leather bag.
 

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I know want you are saying about bags.I purchased a set of LeatherLyke hard bags for my FXD.I have no complaints about the quality,they are very functional,but they just look like crap on my bike.So now I have a $450.00 set of bags sitting in my shed.I like the looks of hard bags on bigger bikes but I think the Dynas are too sporty to be wearing a big set of hard bags. I know function over form but I draw the line somewhere.
One thing about H.D. I can't understand is why don't they put a tool kit with their bikes or how about a little storage space a least somewhere to keep the registration.I do like the looks of the bags Fifthgear has on his scoot. I'm probably gonna end up buying a set of cheap throw over bags for longer trips, so I can take them off when not in use.
Good Luck !!!!!!! :)
 

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Well guys I think I'll borrow my buddies set of old FLH bags to mock up on the bike, if they look good I can probably make them work. I think they are narrower than the new style bags. We'll see what happens. After all I've only got 300 miles on this thing but the fever has set in. When I do figure out the "look" I'll go at it with a vengance. Already figured out the paint job. Should be real cool. Thanks folks and keep 'em both on the pavement!
 

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I bought Harley's "Big Bag" saddlebags off of Ebay with mounting hardware for less then half the cost of new. Just recieved them last week and they look brand new. I'm putting them on my 2000 FXDX.
These bags have good capacity and hard backing and I like the looks.
I'll have a pictured posted soon of my bike. I recieved a digital camera for christmas.

You might want try searching Ebay, I've seen the FLH bags for sale before.

Good Luck.
 

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Be careful what you ask for. They now include a tool kit, at least on the 02 Glides, but the wrenches are stampings of a possibly North Korean material that somewhat resembles steel and look like something Cheech picked up at a second rate swap meet in south Tijuana. LOL
 

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Were they the older bags? And how do they fit if the indentation for the shocks in in the bag? Also are they the hard bags? I like the look of them. The bags made for the dynas from Harley are ugly!
I believe they were introduced in '99 but will fit '96 & later Dyna's. There is no indentation for the shock. The shock is in front of the bags.
They are made of 8.5 oz. leather with a hard backing and work with the detachable sideplates. The part number is: 90300-98
Brand new they are $670.00. To much money, but I got a sweet deal on Ebay so I'm gonna give them a try.
 

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sheepboy said:
I would like to put on a set of older style HD dresser bags and was wondering if anybody has done the modifications that are needed to make them fit. I don't have a problem welding up brackets etc. but any help to make this easier would be much appreciated. Thanks.
sheepboy, I haven't done that myself so I can't help you on this. But I will say that with most things, if you are handy at a little machining or metal fabricating, you can adapt alot of things that were not made for your Dyna. I personally did not like the mouting brackets that came with my Ironbags saddlebags. I felt that they looked better just a little closer in and the right bracket interfered with my side tool pouch. So I did away with the long spacers for the fender strut mount and made mounts for the rear bottom instead of the stock front bottom ones. They look so much better too. Sometimes I wonder if the engineers that design some of these things are smokin crack! LOL. A little innovation can be applied to so many things not made for a Dyna to make it work. I like to hear of other rider's modifications. If you go on with this project, post a picture when you're finished.

Later,
FifthGear:)
 

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I saw some bags on EBAY(blue ones I think) but they were up to almost $400 already. I found a set at J.P.Cycles in their catalog new complete with a mounting bracket that would have to be modified(of course!) for around $425. That may be the route I take. I'm kinda likin' the idea of FLH bags on back with the narrow glide up front. Definately different. The other thing I want to put on are taildragger fenders. After this thing comes out of my paint shop it should be one bad a_ _ bike.(thats if I get around to ever finishing up the tank I'm doin' now!) Thanks for everyones help, you guys are great.
Dan
 
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