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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Which one of these you would recommend? Or anything else? Why?

https://rjsoriginals.com/Kawasaki/Vaquero%201700.htm

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PLAIN-LEATH...d=320948328339

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 10:39 PM
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I bought the exact one from the guy in TX on Ebay on the link you posted. Easy install and it does not cure the heat, but it def helps ...esp on the right side in high temps. Good mod for $30. I have run it for a year now.

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I also have the Ebay version you link to. It cuts back on the heat, but it's still warm down there!. I like the fit and finish of the RJS Original, but it's not going to cut $140 worth of heat (in my opinion). Looks good though.
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I have the ebay style that a friend gave to me. I don't know where he got it. If I were going to buy one now, the 1/4 price leather one would be a no-brainer for me. I don't need the studs or more stylish cut for all that extra money. As others have said, it helps, but it's not going to produce miracles.

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Thank you, guys. So, I guess not too many "expensive" fans here :-)

Talking about eBay style, does it come with all needed to install? Any installation tricks?

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Thank you, guys. So, I guess not too many "expensive" fans here 🙂

Talking about eBay style, does it come with all needed to install? Any installation tricks?

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All you need are tools. Take off the seat, remove the tank bolts and seat brkt. Cut screw holes in the leather. Place the leather and bolt it up. Somebody posted pics a while back. Search heat shield. I'll be cleaning my bike tonight. I'll try to remember to get some pics.
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Yep...just be sure when you order you specify your bike. Install was easy. You just have to cut to make it fit under the seat. Full disclosure: I have my artsy wife do the measuring and cutting. Fits perfect and def does help some. The other help is highway pegs....and Duluth Trading Co. "ballroom" pants that sure let me spread out on the seat more than regular pants.

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Yep...just be sure when you order you specify your bike. Install was easy. You just have to cut to make it fit under the seat. Full disclosure: I have my artsy wife do the measuring and cutting. Fits perfect and def does help some. The other help is highway pegs....and Duluth Trading Co. "ballroom" pants that sure let me spread out on the seat more than regular pants.
And with the cutting, some or all of the cutting you need to do may be hidden by the seat, so being perfect on those cuts is not important.

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Chuckster BAK, Trailer Hitch and Cooler Rack
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I opted for the RJS original, as I wanted an OEM look. I did not get the studs or anything but just the plain black and it looks perfect with my black Vaquero. It is of course more expensive but worth every penny and requires no cutting or drilling. They fit precisely and do an amazing job deflecting the heat since they are made of aluminum but look good with the covering. You can see how good they match the seat. BTW, they also can be bent to be even closer once on your bike. It comes with instructions and 6 zip ties for a easy install. I had a bunch of Harley riders asking me where I got them and if they made them for their rides, which of course they do.
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