V-Rod Saddle Bag Install

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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.

Tools Necessary

  • 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.

Start by lifting the main seat.
Start by lifting the main seat and removing the two indicated bolts in the picture.
Slide the strap off of the passenger seat.
Slide the strap off of the passenger seat.
Lift the front of the passenger seat and then slide the seat forward to release it. The rear seat catches on a post.
Lift the front of the passenger seat and then slide the seat forward to release it. The rear seat catches on a post.
Here is the post.
Here is the post.
This is the slot in the seat that fits over the post.
This is the slot in the seat that fits over the post.

Also, the cable that stops the front seat will still be attached. Drape the rear seat over the side and out of the way.

With the rear seat out of the way, you will be able to see fuses and a computer. Remove the 6 indicated bolts to remove the rear fender. Move the wires and computer aside to access the bolts. (if you are not installing saddlebags, skip to the backrest, luggage rack, or seat section).
With the rear seat out of the way, you will be able to see fuses and a computer. Remove the 6 indicated bolts to remove the rear fender. Move the wires and computer aside to access the bolts. (if you are not installing saddlebags, skip to the backrest, luggage rack, or seat section).
Disconnect the harness plug for the tail light.
Disconnect the harness plug for the tail light.
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To remove the rear fender, slide the fender back and the lift up to remove. You may need to maneuver it slightly to free it from the bike.

Attach the saddlebag brackets to the frame using the correct hardware.

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Location of the the mounting holes from the inside.
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Using an allen driver and box wrench, secure the bracket to the bike.

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.

Set the bracket for the additional hardware over the bolt holes for the rear fender.
Set the bracket for the additional hardware over the bolt holes for the rear fender.

 

Final Assembly

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.

Hold the bracket in place and attach it to the plates you installed earlier.
Hold the bracket in place and attach it to the plates you installed earlier.
Now that mounting hardware is in place, it's time to attach the saddle bags.
Now that mounting hardware is in place, it’s time to attach the saddle bags.
Finally, hang the bags on the mounting bracket and verify that they have clipped into place.

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.

Enjoy!