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      I apologize for the length of this post, spent a lot of time trying to figure this out...will try to make it easier for others following...haha.

      OK, so there's a lot of options for you.
      First things first...how to mount them.
      Osprey has a nice mounting system that works beautifully.
      It replaces the spool mounting system from Indian, and is actually better in my opinion.
      Reason I say this is, its rubber covered, so I dont get that little rattle or tiny bit of play that I used to get with the Indian spools when I mounted the back-rest. And the spool itself is a 1-piece sculpted from billet barrel, more substantial than the Indian spool, which is a few pieces that slip over each other.

      Mounting System for Vintage, Dark Horse, Classic | Osprey Limited | Handcrafted Saddlebags & Leather Products

      By the way, if you like the Harley Leather or Classic Indian type bags, might look at their saddlebags while you are there...pretty nice looking stuff, at a more reasonable cost.

      Now, if you dont actually do a backrest or plan to , can get by by just getting the pitch and length of the bolt you have in there, and lengthen as needed, and pick up bolts at Home Depot. But I recommend the $100 for the mount system, as it has a wide base to mount bags against, its very stable, and I tightened it pretty good, and it keeps good stress on the bags, to keep weight off the fender. I also suggest not only using the size washers they provide with this mount system, but inside the bags, also use a very large fender washer, to add more surface for support.

      Now, regarding the fender skirt...I looked into some kind of rubber bumper for the bottom of the bag, since its pretty close onto the rear fender skirts. And if you have not seen them, the OEM bags from Indian have a soft rubber bumper also supporting them against the fender. So, I looked into the part number for the ones from Indian...and cant believe they are $67.95 for 4 stupid little pieces of rubber. So I had 2 options...

      (a) get a soft rubber one (Sorbothane) They come in various sizes and heights, and you will need to see your bags to figure how much space you need to fill. I did not do this because I didnt think it was really necessary, I only mention this in case you dont use that mounting system, and using simple bolts to mount might put more of the weight on the lower part of the bags, = more stress on fender skirt.

      1" Sorbothane Hemisphere Rubber Bumper Non-skid Feet with Adhesive 50 Durometer - 4-Pack - Scaffolding Accessories - Amazon.com

      (b) My cheap ass just went to Home Depot, picked up some cheap black rubber stoppers. They have different sizes, diameters etc. Then I shaved at an angle using a razor blade to match the seating surface to the curve of the fender. Then Gorilla Glue Clear superglued the wider base side of this to the back of my saddlebags, which also have a hard back. Tucked it in while they were mounted to fit it, marked the spot, applied the glue to the plug and then placed it there, letting the tension between hold it in place while it dried. Its pretty soft in its own right, so I checked a few times, no dents in the fender...but again, some of that is the mounting kit holding a lot of the stress off it too. And in an area where the bag back is close to the bodywork, not quite touching, but was concerned about it, I took large diameter body washers made of black rubber and glued those to the back of the bags, just in case.
      And also bought some clear paint protector off EBAY to apply to the fender skirt sides.
      Quantity 2 of this:

      8"x12" 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Films 8.5 Mil It was like $6 each

      Everbilt 1-1/4 in. x 1 in. Black Rubber Stopper-808278 - The Home Depot

      Now, onto the saddlebags...I was going to use larger bags, so was looking at Iron Bags, and was going to use Iron Max bags. Physically, would have been a little tight, close to the exhaust etc.
      Went to measure the OEM Indian Bags I had, and saw they were :21.0 x 12.0 x 9.5 inches

      Now, my personal opinion, didnt like the width on the Indian bags...a little too wide, looked like a Honda from behind.

      So I cut the width down and looked for bags at 21.0 x 12.0 x 8 inches or thereabouts. Can be slightly longer, if you need to, slightly taller and maybe mount higher, but I would not get too much closer to the exhaust (this means OEM, maybe aftermarket is smaller or lower away)

      So I found used on Craigslist a nice set of Iron Bags $200 that had originally been for the Softtail....and they fit nice, same dimensions etc. These are pictured. Not everyone is a fringe fan, but in this case, I think it makes the bike look lower, better.

      If I can suggest, my 2 cents...try to find a set of bags with at least a thick hard back, similar to Harley OEM bags, hard bags or Iron Bags etc...and that mounting system...its about the easier way that would also support more weight. If you get soft bags, maybe get a piece of ABS plastic , and try to glue or back it inside somehow.

      So almost any bag, approximately the same size, should fit just fine. And if you dont mind the wider look , can get even more options. *PLEASE NOTE: 1st pic is the OEM Indian bags, wider than what i ended up with here in the other pics.

      Now if I can just find (or make) a smaller backrest pad, to replace this "fugly" OEM one, I'll be a happy camper...
       

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      I apologize for the length of this post, spent a lot of time trying to figure this out...will try to make it easier for others following...haha.

      OK, so there's a lot of options for you.
      First things first...how to mount them.
      Osprey has a nice mounting system that works beautifully.
      It replaces the spool mounting system from Indian, and is actually better in my opinion.
      Reason I say this is, its rubber covered, so I dont get that little rattle or tiny bit of play that I used to get with the Indian spools when I mounted the back-rest. And the spool itself is a 1-piece sculpted from billet barrel, more substantial than the Indian spool, which is a few pieces that slip over each other.

      Mounting System for Vintage, Dark Horse, Classic | Osprey Limited | Handcrafted Saddlebags & Leather Products

      Now, if you dont actually do a backrest or plan to , can get by by just getting the pitch and length of the bolt you have in there, and lengthen as needed, and pick up bolts at Home Depot. But I recommend the $100 for the mount system, as it has a wide base to mount bags against, its very stable, and I tightened it pretty good, and it keeps good stress on the bags, to keep weight off the fender. I also suggest not only using the size washers they provide with this mount system, but inside the bags, also use a very large fender washer, to add more surface for support.

      Now, regarding the fender skirt...I looked into some kind of rubber bumper for the bottom of the bag, since its pretty close onto the rear fender skirts. And if you have not seen them, the OEM bags from Indian have a soft rubber bumper also supporting them against the fender. So, I looked into the part number for the ones from Indian...and cant believe they are $67.95 for 4 stupid little pieces of rubber. So I had 2 options...

      (a) get a soft rubber one (Sorbothane) They come in various sizes and heights, and you will need to see your bags to figure how much space you need to fill. I did not do this because I didnt think it was really necessary, I only mention this in case you dont use that mounting system, and using simple bolts to mount might put more of the weight on the lower part of the bags, = more stress on fender skirt.

      1" Sorbothane Hemisphere Rubber Bumper Non-skid Feet with Adhesive 50 Durometer - 4-Pack - Scaffolding Accessories - Amazon.com

      (b) My cheap ass just went to Home Depot, picked up some cheap black rubber stoppers. They have different sizes, diameters etc. Then I shaved at an angle using a razor blade to match the seating surface to the curve of the fender. Then Gorilla Glue Clear superglued the wider base side of this to the back of my saddlebags, which also have a hard back. Tucked it in while they were mounted to fit it, marked the spot, applied the glue to the plug and then placed it there, letting the tension between hold it in place while it dried. Its pretty soft in its own right, so I checked a few times, no dents in the fender...but again, some of that is the mounting kit holding a lot of the stress off it too. And in an area where the bag back is close to the bodywork, not quite touching, but was concerned about it, I took large diameter body washers made of black rubber and glued those to the back of the bags, just in case.
      And also bought some clear paint protector off EBAY to apply to the fender skirt sides.
      Quantity 2 of this:

      8"x12" 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Films 8.5 Mil It was like $6 each

      Everbilt 1-1/4 in. x 1 in. Black Rubber Stopper-808278 - The Home Depot

      Now, onto the saddlebags...I was going to use larger bags, so was looking at Iron Bags, and was going to use Iron Max bags. Physically, would have been a little tight, close to the exhaust etc.
      Went to measure the OEM Indian Bags I had, and saw they were :21.0 x 12.0 x 9.5 inches

      Now, my personal opinion, didnt like the width on the Indian bags...a little too wide, looked like a Honda from behind.

      So I cut the width down and looked for bags at 21.0 x 12.0 x 8 inches or thereabouts. Can be slightly longer, if you need to, slightly taller and maybe mount higher, but I would not get too much closer to the exhaust (this means OEM, maybe aftermarket is smaller or lower away)

      So I found used on Craigslist a nice set of Iron Bags $200 that had originally been for the Softtail....and they fit nice, same dimensions etc. These are pictured. Not everyone is a fringe fan, but in this case, I think it makes the bike look lower, better.

      If I can suggest, my 2 cents...try to find a set of bags with at least a thick hard back, similar to Harley OEM bags, hard bags or Iron Bags etc...and that mounting system...its about the easier way that would also support more weight. If you get soft bags, maybe get a piece of ABS plastic , and try to glue or back it inside somehow.

      So almost any bag, approximately the same size, should fit just fine. And if you dont mind the wider look , can get even more options. *PLEASE NOTE: 1st pic is the OEM Indian bags, wider than what i ended up with here in the other pics.

      Now if I can just find (or make) a smaller backrest pad, to replace this "fugly" OEM one, I'll be a happy camper...
      Thank you this was very helpful
       

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