Loved the photos. Thanks for sharing those. The luggage guards look espcially well made.
what was more difficult to attach?
the front or the back?
The rears took about 15 minutes to do both.
The fronts took me well over an hour, not including the highway pegs - but I wasn't watching time that closely. I work slowly, as I don't like to mess things up. I still do, though.
I also took a break halfway through to go inside and thaw out my feet. Should have worn warmer boots.
Besides the AE cover, I dinked around with the rear long bolt more than I had to. Also, the way the fronts mount, you bolt a plate in place, and attach the bars to that. On the right, the plate is reversible, depending on whether you own a Gen 2 or Gen 3. It doesn't say that in the printed instructions, but does in the installation video, so I messed around with that for a while, too, because it comes pre-mounted in the Gen 3 configuration. On the left front lower bolt, I had to use an Allen key as I couldn't get another tool in there. A T-wrench with a ball head would have worked better.
The highway bars are very well made. They have the bolt heads on the back, and were fiddly to get attached once I decided where to put them. The cages are pretty close to the body, so there is not much room to work. If I were to put them on the GIVI bars on the V-Strom, there is a lot more space for tools. One very nice feature is that you get two different lengths of rail that goes between the mount and the peg so you can tailor the placement quite a bit. If you look at the mount closely, you see a barrel that the extension attaches to. That is tapped on each side about every 2mm for a stub screw to hold it in place. The taps are offset on each side so you can get a pretty fine range of adjustment. I thought they were kind of expensive, but after handling them I see why.
For quality I say 10/10. For documentation 7/10. There are enough installation videos to overcome that, though. Shipping weight was 23#, so I've probably lowered my center of gravity 10mm!
Now that I've done it, I could probably get both done in an optimistic 45 minutes.