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Thanks for the info. How wide did you make are the lowers? I ask as I have a lightbar and my turn signals are out wider than stock. So, I would like an idea as I start fabricating a template.
I made mine 4 3/4 inch wide and 11 1/2 inches long. They just about touch the crash bars at max. turn.
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I made mine 4 3/4 inch wide and 11 1/2 inches long. They just about touch the crash bars at max. turn.
Wow, I was using your pic and guessing about an hour ago making a template. Mine came out 4 3/4" by 11 1/4" Just checked clearance and it looks good against the crach bar. Ordered the P Clamps from Marsh (long way from Florida to Calif), but that will give me time to buff the edges smooth. Did you use #10 bolts? Thinking of using ny-lok nuts on the back side.

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Wow, I was using your pic and guessing about an hour ago making a template. Mine came out 4 3/4" by 11 1/4" Just checked clearance and it looks good against the crach bar. Ordered the P Clamps from Marsh (long way from Florida to Calif), but that will give me time to buff the edges smooth. Did you use #10 bolts? Thinking of using ny-lok nuts on the back side.
#10 and ny-lok nuts - yes.
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#10 and ny-lok nuts - yes.
Thanks. Lowers are cut, polished and waiting for the P clamps. Followed yours and others and went to Lowes for the plexiglass. Found a cracked sheet thay had set aside, had them trim the cracked section out, then spilt the remaining piece in half. Great deal going that route.

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Talking Lowers finished & installed

Guys, Thanks for all the help and guidance. Finished installing my home-made lowers last night. I will say what a pain in the a$$ to install. I know I made some of my own issue (used 8MM bolts instead of #10's), but I had them and what to use them. Part of the issue was there length (3/4 inch) so it was hard to get the nut on the back side started. If I ever have to do this again I would opt for 1" length. But, I am really pleased with how the turned out. Will test them this weekend.
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Guys, Thanks for all the help and guidance. Finished installing my home-made lowers last night. I will say what a pain in the a$$ to install. I know I made some of my own issue (used 8MM bolts instead of #10's), but I had them and what to use them. Part of the issue was there length (3/4 inch) so it was hard to get the nut on the back side started. If I ever have to do this again I would opt for 1" length. But, I am really pleased with how the turned out. Will test them this weekend.
They look great! Yeah = you need small hands (fingers) to attach those nuts!
Anyway - I expect you are going to experience a different ride altogether with the lowers attached. Took the wife out today - first time she had the chance to ride with me since I did the install. From her passenger perspective she said the ride was so much smoother - it created a dead zone of air current around her. Let us know how your test ride went. Later
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They look great! Yeah = you need small hands (fingers) to attach those nuts!
Anyway - I expect you are going to experience a different ride altogether with the lowers attached. Took the wife out today - first time she had the chance to ride with me since I did the install. From her passenger perspective she said the ride was so much smoother - it created a dead zone of air current around her. Let us know how your test ride went. Later
Thanks. Everybody gave me great advice and guidance. We're headed out this afternoon, and hoping for similar results. I did a short test 1.5 mile test ride and no head buffeting, but it was too short to really test in various winds. Will update later....

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I made a set of my own a bit ago and they look great. Here's a tip I picked up. If you run the edge of the lower to a blowtorch, the plexi will melt and get rid of all tool marks. It actually gives it a very professional look. Practice on a scrap piece till you get it right. It only takes a few minutes to do but it looks amazing!
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Thanks for the step by step instructions. I finished mine this morning and went for a ride. They work and look great. I trimmed mine with chrome door trim. An easy and inexpensive mod.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for homemade lowers on a 900 Custom. We have a different setup on our forks (no shock covers), so I was just wondering if there's a setup for us. Thanks!


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