yOU COULD'NT PUT A POSTCARD BETWEEN THE BAGS AND THE FENDER AND THE SWEET LEATHER cORBIN SEATS ARE AWESOME. bLESSED AND know it!This takes some time and careful measurements but I was very pleased with the results. Email me if you are interested in more detail or pictures of the finished product .
I used Home Depot SAE bolt extenders to move the bags away from the fender about 1". The bolt extenders have to be cut to different lengths to keep the front and rear of the bags an even distance from the fender. The bag side of the BB bolts must also be trimmed so that only half of the extender is filled by the BB bolt. This will leave several threads for the hex bolts used to attach the bags.
I used the Honda deluxe backrest and mounts. I drilled the front hole of the mounts just enough so that the fender side, round part of the BB bolt would go through. This allowed the points of the hex section to hold the mount. The center hole does not need to be drilled. I used a metric hex head for the center hole. The rear BB bolt does not go througth the mounts but will help to support the backrest since the mounts do sit on top of the rear bolts.
I used Home Depot 2" rubber fender washers between the mounts and the fender rails. SAE hex heads and washers are used to attach the bags to the bolt extenders.
The R/S/C model BBs use a third rear bolt low on the fender. I used a bolt extender as a spacer and a long hex head bolt. I covered the extenders with a section of rubber drain hose. My bike is black and I didn't like the way the silver extenders broke up the shadow between the bags and fender.
The overall result is that the bags are closer to the fender than any standard hard bag but there is a 1" gap between the top edge of the BBs and the fender.
All this just so I can order an Ultimate Big Boy seat.