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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sissy Bar INSTALL - HELP

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Excuse me if I'm posting in the wrong section, just new to the forum and I am a bit confused. So, I've purchased One piece Detachables Sissy bar upright Part Number 51146-10A. I am still waiting on the Sissy bar itself but I bought the docking hardware and I installed it today. I have 2016 Sportster Iron 883. I didnt have anything to lift it with, which I've read would make the install a lot easier. But, being me, really inpatient I decided to still go ahead and do it. As expected, it was really tight back there and I was not able to fit most of my tools. Anyway, I managed to do it (see pictures below). I played around a little bit, but eventually took the stock bolts and installed the docking hardware. So, my question is do you guys think I installed it legit? I mean, is it tight enough? I was not able to tight the lock nut, I was only able to hold it while I was tightening the screw from the outside. I tight it to a point where I was not able to go any more, but I am still not sure if it is done right. Attached are the pictures so you can get an idea how I installed it. I basically managed to put the little piece inside, hold it with the pliers and unscrew the screw from the outside. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I dont want my girl to fly of the back one day because the thing is not tight enough. Thanks!
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Channel Locks? sigh
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Just used them tho hold the little 13mm piece from the first picture (dont know how exactly it is called). But I was holding the lock nut with it and then using the channel locks to hold it while tightening from the outside.
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You need, at the very least, a small cheap common floor jack a piece of 2x6 and jack up the bike, from the frame allowing the rear wheel to drop, giving you access to the nuts. The sissy bar mounts need to be tightened to specification,( you don't want the thing moving around)

Like almost everything in life, do it right, or don't do it. A loose sissy bar can be a safety item!
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First, get Get the Harbor Freight floor lift or a more expensive one if you can afford it

Second, order the service manual for your bike, it has this information in it along with a lot of other stuff you will use.

Third, get a rolling stool from HF or another place if you have the budget for it. Save your knees and back.

Fourth, get a beer refrigerator for the garage, it helps with impatients!
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You need, at the very least, a small cheap common floor jack a piece of 2x6 and jack up the bike, from the frame allowing the rear wheel to drop, giving you access to the nuts. The sissy bar mounts need to be tightened to specification,( you don't want the thing moving around)!
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Thanks for all everyone's help, and thanks to all the smartasses it still helps in some way
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First, get Get the Harbor Freight floor lift or a more expensive one if you can afford it

Second, order the service manual for your bike, it has this information in it along with a lot of other stuff you will use.

Third, get a rolling stool from HF or another place if you have the budget for it. Save your knees and back.

Fourth, get a beer refrigerator for the garage, it helps with impatients!
Has to be the best starter kit description I have ever seen for a new do it yourselfer....
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