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    Madstad reminder on new "Lowers"

    For all you brave souls riding in cold weather, just a reminder. I posted a while back and mentioned it on the "other" site but once again, MadStad has a newly designed set of lowers and they do work well. Road in 45 degree weather the other day and they help cut the wind, not to mention bugs and reduced helmet buffeting. Available in different colors and big discount if you let them install locally. If not on their site yet, call them if interested.
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    Sweet lowers!!

    Any idea whether they'd fit the N model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    Sweet lowers!!

    Any idea whether they'd fit the N model?
    The attachment points piggyback on the frame bolt mounts for the radiator covers. So yes, I'm almost sure they will. I have a set of clears on mine and they do control the air flow over your legs quite well.

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    i added my lights to the other thread. Crees bought on Ebay for $18, spacers and m6 bolts Ace $4, Harness Amazon $9, water proof switch Ebay $1. Painted the spacer and bracket black with left over spray paint.

    on the other thread you'll see 2 switches, the other is for a Boss Bluetooth stereo ($60) I added and put speakers under grills, am behind headlight. Tied it all into a relay. Post on other site, if enough interest here I'll post again.
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    Maybe this will help. I went up to MadStad and designed them with them. We went through many sizes and shapes before ending up on this one. We also redesigned the size and shape of their shield to offer a choice for maximum protection. Great guys.

    As Bob said, these mount into the 2 screws holding the radiator cover. The nuts are rubber mounted from stock from Honda to a location just off radiator. I've no issues of stress on that location, and in the picture you'll see I added rubber to backing to reduce flex and let it sit up against back of covers for more support and less vibration. I love them!

    Shield, lowers, and some hand guards turned the bike into a mini GW for me, and coming off a Victory Tour I wanted all the wind and cold protection I could get. Bob put the new shield on and the hand guards too. my handguards were a saga from Ebay, Bob got his OK from Amazon, but had to do a slight mod. I'll let him explain, maybe we should do a new thread keep things simple to find. All this is up on "other" site.
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    Ok. I need a bit of help. I got my lowers in today. They look good.here are my questions:
    1. Can the lowers be mounted with the brackets both in front of the blades or behind them?
    2. I received 4 long screws, 4 shorts. I assume the shorts hold the blades to the brackets.
    3. I received 4 metal washers, 4 shoulder washers, and 4 nylon washers, but no explanation where the metal nor nylon washers go. I assume on the blades.
    4. You guys talked about rubber bushings, the white things in the pics. These didn't come with it, so I assume you don't need these now.or should I buy them as well? The instructions said washers but it doesn't say where the nylon ones or the metal ones go.

    Thanks for your help.

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    1. Can the lowers be mounted with the brackets both in front of the blades or behind them? YES.
    2. I received 4 long screws, 4 shorts. I assume the shorts hold the blades to the brackets. YES
    3. I received 4 metal washers, 4 shoulder washers, and 4 nylon washers, but no explanation where the metal nor nylon washers go. I assume on the blades.

    You take a bolt, them metal washer, put in bracket (metal washer against bracket). add glass to brackets other side, on the glass side you put rubber/nylon washer, shoulder washer, then the lock nut. Never put a metal washer against plastic/glass.

    4. You guys talked about rubber bushings, the white things in the pics. These didn't come with it, so I assume you don't need these now.or should I buy them as well? The instructions said washers but it doesn't say where the nylon ones or the metal ones go.

    He added white washers and rubber but you do not have too.

    Hope that helps, that is how I would do it, but I do not have those lowers, but made my own.

    The above is the mount outside, like the photos.
    If you want to mount bracket behind: It would be bolt, metal washer, bracket, glass, rubber washer, metal washer, nut.
    My opinion this way would like nicer, but JMO,
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    Basically don't over think it, look at pics posted, as said, you choice of shield in front or behind bracket.

    Short screws and washers generally for shield to bracket, as mentioned.

    Longer screws go through "spacers" (may be white or black depending on what was shipped), and go where you remove factory screws. Spacer are to fill the gap you'll see where they screws are removed. If you didn't get spacers, they should have come with them, You do need them as there is a "dip" in the plastic cover which they extend to make bracket more flush. If you didn't get spacers (think they are 1/2" ) call them, or buy some at Ace after you call them for size. Very inexpensive and they'll send some of right a way. Mine were white and you can clearly see them in pic, and the washer behind the screw head. Other washers are for the plastic to the bracket.

    No bushings to worry about, those are in the factory frame. Did suggest adding rubber as shown in picture but optional, and nothing to do with bushings.
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    Thank you so much, both of you for this. Especially the metal washers on the blades. Now I get it. I'll gall them for the rubber washers into the radiator cover. Or I'll go buy four black ones. Whatever. The instructions left something to be desired only because of the different materials. In my case, I want the brackets behind. Only the bolts exposed to the front. Again. Thanks so much.
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    No need to thank me, I only posted because I assumed you where like me, (a kid with a new toy) and wanted to install them as soon as you got them. lol.
    mtvic, is the guy to thank, he did all the work, testing etc. And for that I thank him too. Great way to install lowers.

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