i have a police glide and was going to take off the bumper yesterday and noticed that it looks like the factory bent some tabs so th nuts wont come off. anybody have a easy way to get the bumper off with out taking off the front wheel?
You might be able to use a long flat-blade screwdriver to go in from the other side and push the corners down. I have a Road King myself and was able to bend them down enough to be able to get a socket on the bolts. Turning the bolts loose flattened them the rest of the way. When I put the fender back on, I left those tabs off and just used medium-strength (blue) loctite. Haven't had any problems in 10k miles.
Your only other alternative I can see is to jack the bike up and take the front wheel off, providing full access to the tabs.
ok i got to the rear this past weekend. put on the softbrake plate relocator and took off the bumper too, looks wayyy better. how important is it to put on that new hidden brace anyways? it seems fairly sturdy now with nothing cross bracing the fender/rear pipes now. if not do you have a link for Zanottie so i can order the $25 brace. now i need to look into some type of way to clean up that bar that used to hold the plate on, i.e. the tail gunner thing. dont really need the lights maybe some spikes back there or something instead of lights i think.
It is pretty important to use the brace. Without it the muffler and saddle bag holders will spread and weaken from vibration and road bumps and eventually something will fail.
I didn't use the brace when I first took my bumper off, and when I did get the brace, I found that the saddlebag/muffler brackets had spread enought that I had to pull them back together to get the hidden brace on.