Recieved my lowers late yesterday afternoon and started installation shortly after that. I had to remove my homemade lexan lowers first and then ran into my first snag. I couldn't find a 15 mm socket to remove the forged bar bolts. Had to run to Lowes to pick one up.
Back in the garage with the new 15 mm socket. Working the right side first, found the bolts holding the bars to the frame a real bitch to get loose. Took a bit, but finally had them off and then trying to put them back in with the JTD lower mounting bracket in place. That was also a bit of pain to get the bolts lined up and turning into the threaded hole, but finally got them in and just short of tightened up (left loose per instructions). Attaching the 3 lower bolts to the mounting brackets was a breeze and once that was done tightened up the 3 crash bar bolts and was done with one side, minus the wiring of the lights.
The left side went much smoother and quicker with no issues removing bolts or getting them back in with the lower mounting brackets in place.
Then removed the saddlebags, my Utopia backrest, the seat, and the gas tank bolts. Lifted the gas tank a bit, propped it up with a 2x6 and ran the lower light wiring down the center of the frame and zip tied them in a couple places to hold them down.
Here's where the instructions seemed a little confusing. The describe a main wiring harness that is under the seat and the wiring diagram shows all the wires that need to tapped into coming out of single connector at the end of that wiring harness. What I found is the switched power wire for the LED running lights in one bundle of wires and the turn signal wires for the LED turn signals in another bundle of wires. See picture below for what this looks like after all the posi-taps are connected.
Verified all the lights were working and bolted the gas tank, seat, and backrest back in place. Put the saddlebags back on and was ready to roll.
The look of these lowers is incredible compared to my lexan sheets. The lexans lowers didn't look that bad, but the JTD lowers look like they were part of the forged bars and came with the bike. The unpainted black plastic is somewhat shinny, so they actually look pretty close to the gloss black of my bike, maybe just slightly less glossy. I'm not sure I will even need to paint these things.
It was 9:30 pm by this time, so only had time for a short ride down a few side streets. Realized after I was down the street a bit that I had left the Vic fork lowers on, which I intended to remove. I didn't get to the highway, but ran at a pretty good speed on a main feeder road and could tell the wind managment is going to be awesome. Had the vents full open, but the wind on my legs was very clean. The effect of the angle of the opening at the outside of the lower is to funnel a clean stream of air out away from your legs towards the back of the bike and this results in a turbulance free area from the legs upward. The open inside vents allowed air to flow past the engine, also very cleanly past the lower legs. So I could feel the breeze on my legs, but it didn't feel like it was trying to rip my jeans apart. I imagine it will be great in the winter with the vents closed.
The LED lights are also incredible. They are very bright white and they compliment the 6k HID light very well. The combination really lights up the road. The LED turn signals are a nice addition too.
Anyway, I'm up too late and I've rambled on a bit so I'll just conclude with saying I am very impressed with these lowers and can't wait to get them on the higway and put some miles on with them.