One way that worked for me was to clamp the bags on the racks then remove the rack to mark where the mounts will be located on the bag. The first one is easy, getting the second one in the same location takes more work and four hands.
There's probably an easier way, but not in my simple mind.
I haven't had any issues with the stock reinforced mounts (check the G/S below), but don't have as many off road miles as I would like. No problems w/ the mounts busting in the mentioned wreck. No racks were available for the G/S, but HT sell's them for the GS, there were some fitting issues so one rider mentions elsewhere. If riding rough trails get the racks or spend the time adding gussets. Given a choice I'd buy the racks.
BTW- you will need at the very least a rear cross bar/brace, not w/ soft bags though.
One Less Harley screwed with this post 02-22-2011 at 06:52 PM