I just performed a bag transplant on my wife's Heritage. I installed a set of the Road King Custom bags (the ones with the leather over rigid body with no visible buckles/latches), was quite a little project. If you need more info let me know. I will try and post some images shortly. These RK rigid bags required a support bracket like the ones used for the touring OEM slant style hard bags. A lot of people suggest the Cycle Visions product, but I thought their price was too high for what it was. I found Cavalry makes the same mount and I found a vendor that sold the complete kit with the turn signal relocation kit for only $199 from a company called chopper cycle (http://www.chopperscycle.com
), when I looked today I could not find the part on their site anymore. On the Cavalryfiberglass.com website, just do a search on part number: HD-CK1 It will show the conversion kit. Works good, probably perfect with the slant style hard bags. The Road King Custom Leather rigid bags have a long sweep on them, making my install a little more of a challenge. They fit fine on the mount, but the tail turn signals were a pain because the relocate kit does not take the longer bag into consideration. To combat that, I mounted some LED's directly on the back of the bags to fix this issue. Problem solved and one happy wife with fixed "non-saggy" Heritage leather bags. She hated the bucke style bags because she kept breaking her nails on them. LOL $800 project to save a set of fingernails.....Ouy-Vey!
For those of you who think the Easy Brackets are the way to go on hard bags, don't waste your time. I had a set that I was going to buy from a buddy, I say that for a set of small soft bags, they're just OK at best. A well built hard bag kit supports the bottom of the bag, offering better weight capacity as well as vibration prevention. The easy brackets do not stop vibration at all and when you add weight to the bag, it will cause the bag to tilt towards the tire & drive belt. The only other issue specific to the RK bags, the rubber grommets that go in the Road King Custom bags are different than the slant bags. The RK Custom bag's grommet is a tad smaller than the slant hard bags, so they are really tight to install. Just take your time and it will go in, the advantage to having the tight grommets are better vibration prevention and less flex on the mount (better balance of weight on posts & bottom rail) but this is just my opinion. The post pins they send with the kit are not the same as the regular touring quick pins like on my Ultra, these retaining pins/clips are pressed onto a groove in the post. Though this may be a deal breaker for someone, it was not for me, as we have no plans of riding down the street with a pair of visible saddlebag rails and be stuck with no bags to carry stuff.
Lastly, make sure your exhaust pipes are at the level of the rear axle or lower. The factory stagger pipes/mufflers are OK (they have taper to them), but fatter slip-ons may be a problem. She has the Screamin' Eagle II mufflers, and the fit was really close, almost no room to be any bigger.
Would I buy this kit again? You bet! The $200 I paid for the bag rail kit was the cheapest I could find and does the trick.