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    full disclosure, Freedom seems to be having production issues and I didn't want to wait, so I am the proud new owner of Bassani's. I am having to add in the O2 bungs and there are NO stainless 10mm bungs to be found at any muffer shop in town, so my buddy Amazon is bringing a couple by Wednesday. Here are the slant cuts (they found a pair!!) hanging on the bike I'm in love with the look!!

    Also going on in this photo is the RowdyRicks fender kit. It's not as noticeable from the side with my bags mounted where they are. It looks to have dropped it about an inch when looking from the rear, but what I notice more is that it really just shifts the radius back and around the tire than lowering it - really cleaning up the side view of the bike. It is lower, but not by the 1 3/4" that's claimed ( I honestly don't think ). It shifted the front stock bag mount to where I had to do some custom fab on it, but it didn't lower it down any where near what the front drop mount looked like it would have. I didn't even have to (couldn't, really) use the included front drop mount kit. All in all, I'm at about a 3/5, but I think it's more of the expectation versus reality of the situation more than anything else. It's a quality kit, includes absolutely everything you need - including solid instructions, and you can tell there's been time put into it, but it did not give me the results that I was looking for - the look of a lowered rear end. I am keeping it installed, though, because you can tell there's something "different", and it's going to start lots of conversations, I'm sure. I am glad, though, that I went this route rather than the permanent route of cutting and wallering.

    Second picture is of the NOS Roadliner shifter sans heel kick on it that I picked up.. With the newer R*, you do have the option of just removing the heel kick, but then there's an extra 30mm of "stuff" just hanging there looking ugly. So, I did some cross-referencing and viola! It's pretty, for sure, but is the 'liner so hard to shift that you either have to stand on it to down shift, or use your whole friggin' foot to up shift? It's as big as my brake pedal!!

    New Iridium's while I'm in here because I don't have any more plans that will involve pulling the tank ever again and an oil change once the exhaust is on and the Big Man can turn off the faucet so I can get my ride on
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  • #2
    Can you send us some side view photos of the pipes? Looks good from the ass end. When I removed my heel shifter I just capped the stud with a chrome cap.

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    • #3
      pipes aren't on, just the mufflers.

      I don't know what I could have done with this to make it look like it wasn't missing something
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      • #4
        Question for fuelies with duals:

        my pipes are for 99-03, no O2. my bungs will be here tomorrow. front cylinder O2 location is a no brainer, but where is your sensor for the rear cylinder mounted.

        From my vantage point, there's not a lot of options to a) keep it off of a curve, b) keep it the proper distance from the cylinder for heat purposes, c) keep it "above the horizon" or between the 9-3 o'clock position so it doesn't fill up with condensation, and d) keep it from looking ugly.

        if you could post a pic, I'd sure appreciate it!

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        • #5
          Freedom performance true duals: On the back side of the straight portion of the header angling rearward at about a 45° angle, in line with the seam where the left side cover meets the center part of the side cover and about an inch to the left of the main rear motor mount bolt head. I tried to get photos but it was impossible.

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          • #6
            i wish i knew how to post pics but any how, the rear jug bung is directly behind the rear cylinder if you look where the side covers meet and that is where your O2 sensor is located on the freedom duals at 45 degree angle pointed down toward the side covers, also it is approx an inch off center to the left and i guesse you know the wire will have to be relocated. Shores is running freedom pipes also and may be able to post a pic.

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            • #7
              Photo from the left side of the engine. You can see the sensor between the header and the center portion of the Click image for larger version

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              • EnergyGuy
                EnergyGuy commented
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                surprising!! everything I read said they couldn't (or shouldn't) point down like that.

                nice hiding place though!!

            • #8
              thanks to you both, that is very helpful. Moves it back under the frame more than the OE measurement, but Im ok with it if it works. Pipes dry fit below


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              • #9
                Originally posted by EnergyGuy View Post
                surprising!! everything I read said they couldn't (or shouldn't) point down like that.

                nice hiding place though!!
                I don't know why that would matter. They are not mechanical and are just sensing fuel to air ratio.

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                • #10
                  Final photos as promised.

                  Geno's did the trick. Along with RowdyRick's fender drop, I have the stance I want without sacrificing lean angle.
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                  • MidnightRide
                    MidnightRide commented
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                    Great looking bike. Leave it parked outside this weekend, would you? I was wanting to do a little midnight shopping... :-P

                • #11
                  Looks good! Hope to see them in person in Eureka Springs in a few months.

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                  • MikeyC
                    MikeyC commented
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                    One of these days I gotta make Eureka Springs

                  • Brad_G
                    Brad_G commented
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                    MikeyC, would love to see you down there. Great riding and a great group of folks.

                • #12
                  Looks great! Bitchin!

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                  • #13
                    Hey, looks great.
                    It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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                    • #14
                      Originally posted by EnergyGuy View Post
                      full disclosure, Freedom seems to be having production issues and I didn't want to wait, so I am the proud new owner of Bassani's. I am having to add in the O2 bungs and there are NO stainless 10mm bungs to be found at any muffer shop in town, so my buddy Amazon is bringing a couple by Wednesday. Here are the slant cuts (they found a pair!!) hanging on the bike I'm in love with the look!!

                      Also going on in this photo is the RowdyRicks fender kit. It's not as noticeable from the side with my bags mounted where they are. It looks to have dropped it about an inch when looking from the rear, but what I notice more is that it really just shifts the radius back and around the tire than lowering it - really cleaning up the side view of the bike. It is lower, but not by the 1 3/4" that's claimed ( I honestly don't think ). It shifted the front stock bag mount to where I had to do some custom fab on it, but it didn't lower it down any where near what the front drop mount looked like it would have. I didn't even have to (couldn't, really) use the included front drop mount kit. All in all, I'm at about a 3/5, but I think it's more of the expectation versus reality of the situation more than anything else. It's a quality kit, includes absolutely everything you need - including solid instructions, and you can tell there's been time put into it, but it did not give me the results that I was looking for - the look of a lowered rear end. I am keeping it installed, though, because you can tell there's something "different", and it's going to start lots of conversations, I'm sure. I am glad, though, that I went this route rather than the permanent route of cutting and wallering.

                      Second picture is of the NOS Roadliner shifter sans heel kick on it that I picked up.. With the newer R*, you do have the option of just removing the heel kick, but then there's an extra 30mm of "stuff" just hanging there looking ugly. So, I did some cross-referencing and viola! It's pretty, for sure, but is the 'liner so hard to shift that you either have to stand on it to down shift, or use your whole friggin' foot to up shift? It's as big as my brake pedal!!

                      New Iridium's while I'm in here because I don't have any more plans that will involve pulling the tank ever again and an oil change once the exhaust is on and the Big Man can turn off the faucet so I can get my ride on
                      Hey there thanks for the critique EnergyGuy! This is Rick with rowdyricks. Thought I would clarify the reason we didn't design the kit to position the fender any lower - is to make sure we avoided the possibility of a tire rub on even hard bumps etc. As we designed it there is ample space, even with a passenger. The goal was an aesthetic look to kind of "fix" the awkward stock position of the fender, and position it as low as possible safely. The website has quite a few new "sideview" shots for anyone who hasn't been out there in a while.

                      You are correct the kit repositions the fender's radius to be more concentric with the wheel center. That's a big part of why it improves the look considerably. You're also right the bags from the side view tend to block the change some but still improves it. Glad overall you were pleased with it. We have new brackets for the bag support being made now that will take care of the problem you encountered. When they are ready I'll ship you out another set to try on.

                      By the way, if anyone is interested in getting one, I'm low on inventory atm but ordering more material to machine kits. So may need to check back at the website off and on for stock if it shows out. There is literally one left right now.


                      Be safe out there.

                      www.rowdyricks.com

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                      • MidnightRide
                        MidnightRide commented
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                        Hey Rick,

                        I looked at your website and saw the shock mod offer, but it doesn't state what the mod actually does. Is it a lowering mod, and if so I assume with the stock shock?

                        Thanks

                    • #15
                      Hi MidnightRide, maybe do a site search on roadwing. A roadwing conversion basically involves converting the rear shock over to an adjustable Goldwing shock. I put one on our '08 and we loved it. It makes the ride adjustable. It does NOT raise or lower the bike. We just do one small part of it but actually you have someone reliable and proven right here on the site with Smokesceens who does work for that mod. He is a guru. Lots of other folks on the site are knowledgeable on it too. cheers

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                      • #16
                        A handy person with a few hand tools could make your own RoadWing conversion.Parts you will need for this modification:
                        • GoldWing shock with pump and hose (Ebay, junk yards, etc)
                        • Wiring harness from Gonzodad for pump operation
                          • Or Remote Adjustable Preload (RAP) for manual operations (Ebay)
                        • Two – Flange bushing 18mm ID x 22mm OD x 18mm long (from McMaster-Carr, SKU #6659K36)
                        • Two – washers (I used M14 metric flat washer from True Value),
                        • 5w-10w hydraulic fluid or fork oil
                        • Misc zip ties

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                        • #17
                          https://woodystime.blogspot.com/2015...d2pJKk4c9Zr1eA

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                          • #18
                            https://www.jrbk.net/roadwing/roadwi...Tn81styFFDt0Jc

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