As I mentioned above, I ordered these on Sunday night. I immediately received an order confirmation. On Monday I received another confirmation of my order. I never received a shipping notification, but my order status on shad online was updated to shipped. There was no tracking information provided and the cases were delivered on Thursday. I asked for a "gift option" to keep the pricing off the packing slip, but that was ignored by Shad.
The packaging for the mounting racks was damaged and the racks arrived with a few scuffs. Nothing major,but worth noting as the packaging for the racks is poor.
The two cases were packaged well and arrived in new condition.
There are stickers on each case that arrived already peeling and that had/has me worried about the overall quality control from Shad. The stickers are really no issue, but I do think it is worth mentioning here because it may drive someone nuts. I was planning on adding some reflective material so I looked passed it.
What I found unique about the rack, is the integrated blinker.
Installation of the racks is pretty simple. Remove your existing turn signals. Remove the rear bolt and spacer from the grab rail and replace with the provided spacer and bolt on the rack. The other end utilizes the threaded hole under the passenger footpeg like many other racks.
The provided turn signals come with a non-OEM connector which I cut off and spliced in the connectors from my original turn signals. This was the most time consuming part of the installation. Here are the racks installed.
The holes from the OEM turn signals remain open and unsightly. I'll fashion something to fill them or eliminate the fender in the near future.
Here is a shot from the rear.
A couple of side shots
From the front
I think overall these are a tremendous value. The cases are light and big. They seem to be tough as well. I am sure there will be some that will not like the turn signals, but it seems to work well and in my opinion is better than a relocation kit. The two negatives I have found are 1. The cases did not come with matched keys. Annoying. 2. A few simple quality control upgrades, like better packaging for the racks and better (or no) stickers on the cases could make these perfect.
I don't post often because every question i have had has been answered on this forum already. I have not seen anyone post about the Shad side cases before, so I hope this helps. For $400.00 I think these are a steal.