Installing saddlebags, passenger back-rest (sissy bar), or just about anything requiring the removal of the rear fender of your V-Rod. Although this write-up is based on my ’07 VSRCAW there should be no variations between the various models.
- Metric and Standard sockets
- Box wrenches
- Metric allen wrenches or sockets
Verify that you have the proper mounting brackets for the components that are planning to install. Most of the parts sold by Harley Davidson need additional components for proper installation.
Also, the cable that stops the front seat will still be attached. Drape the rear seat over the side and out of the way.
Attach the saddlebag brackets to the frame using the correct hardware.
After installing the brackets, reinstall the fender. Pay attention to the wiring under the fender. There is a groove for the wiring. Remember to catch the lip on the back of the bike with the fender then slide it forward to line up the bolt holes. Attach the brake light wiring as well.
Back Rest, Luggage Rack, Optional Seats
If you are installing a back rest, luggage rack or any other optional parts, this is the time to do it. Again, if you are not installing saddlebags, you can skip the removal of the fender. You will still be required to remove the bolts that secure the fender to the bike.
With the fender (and backrest bracket) in place, secure with 6 bolts from the bike or those included with the various kits. Do not forget to include the strap on the front two bolts.
Slide the seat through the hoop. Latch the seat onto the post and secure it with the nut and stud.
With the seat bolted in place, you can continue with the saddlebag mounting bracket.
Regardless of the hardware being installed, the installation will be similar. If you are replacing the seat, or simply installing the back rest, follow the steps that outline those areas. With a set of simple hand tools, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars by avoiding the dealership.