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Old 07-06-2004, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy How hard is it to install a detachable sissy bar?

Am I being BS'd by my dealership? (Are their lips moving?)

I just got a new FatBoy, and the first things I'd like to add are a new seat, and a detachable sissy bar. The seat looks easy enough. But I asked the dealership if the sissy bar was something I could install myself, and they said no, it requires modification that is best performed by the shop.

Well, I'm not a mechanical genious, but I can do basic mechanical stuff like oil changes and plugs (on my car anyway) and when I look at pictures of other bikes with the sissy bars, it seems like the mounting bolts just replace some of the screws that already exist on the bike.

Has anyone installed a HD detachable sissy bar kit, and can it be done by your average owner? Or should I pony up the $60/hr for the dealer to do it, lest I turn my fatboy's fender into a mass of scrap?

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Old 07-06-2004, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im not absolutely sure, but I would have
to say they are full of ****.

Dont think I would pay the dealer to replace
a few bolts and charge 60+ dollors for it.

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Old 07-06-2004, 04:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've installed them on Sporties and Dynas. The closest thing to "tricky" is cutting and re-wiring the turn signal wires. It makes it easier if you have a lift. You don't need to drop the wheel, but by raising the bike you get a little clearance that helps a lot.

This is one of thise things I'd rather do myself, because I've seen too many done by dealers where they didn't get everything aligned perfectly, then the bar is tougher to get on and off.

Take your time, and you'll have no problem.

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Old 07-06-2004, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you can read and comprehend what you are reading then anyone can do it.
Everything comes w/ instructions. I just did one on my 04 Fatboy and had no problems other than having to go back to the dealer because they gave me the wrong hardware. The turn signal relocation kit is a joke. I took mine back because the arms are about at ugly as they get. Instead I used license plate frame w/ lights on the side. Not really legal but looks alot better.
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Like Harris said the hardest part is cutting and slicing the wires. But if you've done wiring before on your car you'll have no problem. Kit comes with everything. You lose the good looking aerodynamic turn signal stalk but if you want detachables that's the price. I got used to the look after seeing how easy it is to remove the sissybar. I got the lock too so the sissybar doesn't walk off.
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I can do wiring - I don't need to drill any holes, right?

If I go with the non-detachable sissy bar, do I still lose my tail lights? They do look nice...

Does anyone have a pic of their bike with the detachable (and alternate taillights) installed?

Thanks so much for all the info!
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Old 07-06-2004, 10:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I can do wiring - I don't need to drill any holes, right?

If I go with the non-detachable sissy bar, do I still lose my tail lights? They do look nice...

Does anyone have a pic of their bike with the detachable (and alternate taillights) installed?

Thanks so much for all the info!
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I can do wiring - I don't need to drill any holes, right?

If I go with the non-detachable sissy bar, do I still lose my tail lights? They do look nice...

Does anyone have a pic of their bike with the detachable (and alternate taillights) installed?

Thanks so much for all the info!
Can't speak for your bike, but I just installed one on my wife's 04 XL883 Custom and it was a piece of cake. The brackets worked around the turn signals, so no relocation was required. If the sissy bar brackets you buy work around your turn signals, you will have absolutely no problem installing the docking hardware and brackets.
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Old 07-06-2004, 11:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It can't be any more difficult than on a Dyna and mine was relatively simple. Rather than cut and splice the wires, I chose to cut the ground terminal inside the light housing and utilize a trick little spade connector I came across in my odds and ends collection. You can fit the Duetch connectors and wires through the stalk hole if you stagger them but it's tedious. I learned this by the time I did the second one!
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I have an 04 FatBoy . . .

I just installed a detachable sissy bar setup myself, because I was not about to pay them $200 to install it.

BUT

it was NOT a piece of cake. Drilling is required. Read on ...

1st - the docking kit the dealer gave me, the bolt were WAY to long, about 1 1/2" too long. I had to run to the local hardware store and get some stainless steel bolts the correct length. I polished the Stainless steel, looks good.

2nd - The factory bolts are Torx T45 with locktite and they require a great deal of torque to break the locktite - BE VERY CAREFULL IF THE WRENCH SLIPS YOU GOT A NICE GOUGE IN YOUR FENDER (yes you could apply heat to break the locktite and you can scorch your fender too)

3rd - You must relocate your turn signals. Again the kit that come from the dealer is crap and requires that you drill a 11/32" hole thru your painted fender. NOT ME. Luckily I have access to a machine shop and I modified the relocation bars so that drilling the fender was not required. IF I get a chance I will post a picture of them. Also you must cut, strip and splice the wires. (May have to extend them also)

I am a 30 year machinist and the install required my experience.

I got it to work but IF I did it again I would put on a rigid mount.

Harleys kits were useless, duct tape and bailing wire were not included...

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