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ilikefreebacon
post Apr 20 2010, 11:41 PM
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Hello all, first time here, after dreaming of getting a Harley for 20 years I finally decided it was time. I bought a 2002 1200xlc that came with the sissy bar. I removed the very back bolt that holds the sissy bar and the saddle bag guard to the rear fender. However I am unable to align the fender correctly to get the bolt back in. I have read through some posts and some people suggested to lift the bike which will allow the rear tire to drop some and help align the holes. Unfortunately I am having no luck, even after having a friend help me. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any input.
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post Apr 21 2010, 06:27 AM
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I helped a guy put a fender back on his Sporty a couple weeks ago. We had it on a lift, so the alignment wasn't a problem, but it still was a bit of work.

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post Apr 21 2010, 06:55 AM
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I have never removed my fender,so I am of no help. There is another forum I frequent that is specifically for Sportsters and they have a lot of tech help http://xlforum.net/vbportal/modules/Jig/index.php so you might look there as well. Good luck.
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post Apr 21 2010, 07:39 AM
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Seems like I had that problem on the wife's sporty when I put bags on it. As I remember, I put it on the lift and took the weight off the rear suspension and then removed both upper shock bolts. You may have to loosen the other fender strut bolts to get the last one in, but it should go together without much problem.
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post Apr 21 2010, 11:34 AM
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I think Ernie has the idea with the shock bolts so the swing arm drops lower for more clearance....welcoem aboard
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post Apr 21 2010, 11:48 AM
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ilikefreebacon??? (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)

What's the story behind the name???

Anyway, Welcome to Harley Shop Talk... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

Congratulations on buying your first Harley and Good Luck with getting the bolt back in I agree with these guys you'll probably have to loosen the shocks to get the swingarm to drop enough to line everything up.

Let us know how it goes.
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post Apr 21 2010, 11:06 PM
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Thanks for the input, will see what I can do this weekend if it doesnt rain like they say.

The name came about from a few things... I was looking for a good email address and ilikebacon was used, so I thought whats better than bacon, nothing unless its free! Worked out to be a good user name as well, no one ever forgets it.
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post Apr 22 2010, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE(ErnieS @ Apr 21 2010, 08:39 AM) *
Seems like I had that problem on the wife's sporty when I put bags on it. As I remember, I put it on the lift and took the weight off the rear suspension and then removed both upper shock bolts. You may have to loosen the other fender strut bolts to get the last one in, but it should go together without much problem.


ErnieS...When you took out the upper shock bolts... is it easy enough to get them back in on your own? I am new to all of this, I dont want to get it all apart then realize I am unable to get the bolts back in because of not having all the proper tools etc. I have a lift but it tends to rock a little front to back so I am a bit hesitant to put too much force on anything with the fear of dropping it.

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