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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-05-2017, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Mustang Seat Driver Backrest Help

I installed a Mustang Lowdown seat with driver backrest for the new RGU today and I have found that I am too far from my handlebars to ride without leaning forward. I have used the factory-supplied finger screw to adjust the backrest as far forward as possible but I'm still too far back for comfort.

I called Mustang customer service and they had no answer for the issue. I can't easily replace the adjustable finger screw as the one from the factory has had its tip modified so that the only way to remove it is to saw through it and then hope to find a longer one to use as a replacement.

I've also rolled my handlebars back as far as I can to help my stubby arms reach the grips but I'm still riding straight-armed.

I'm planning to leave on a 3000 mile roundtrip ride to Montana to visit one of my daughters on Saturday morning so any advice or suggestions to prevent backache would be most welcome! Thanks in advance for any help!
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If the mustang is similar to HD back rest, remove the seat and relocate the backrest fender bracket forward.

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If the mustang is similar to HD back rest, remove the seat and relocate the backrest fender bracket forward.
Rglide16, thanks for the suggestion although unfortunately, in this case anyway, the backrest bracket receiver is completely enclosed within the underside of the seat pan and there is no way to relocate it forward or backward. The backrest finger screw is the only means of adjusting the backrest forward or backward.

I googled the situation and found that I'm far from the first to experience the issue. I just haven't been able to find what appears to be a solid solution to the problem.

Any and all other suggestions (short of putting that uncomfortable HD factory seat back on) are welcomed and appreciated! Thanks again.
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Mustang Seat Driver Backrest Help

I have a mustang solo seat. My backrest bar comes out. If your does, you may be able to have it bent forward. Be carful not to mess up the notches that fit back in the base.


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Thanks mfgator! My backrest bar does detach from the seat.

I may end up trying your suggestion if I can't find a less dramatic way to make it work. I'm still hoping that someone has a workaround that won't end up with me having to buy a replacement backrest (if I fumble and screw up the original beyond repair by trying to bend it).
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Since your short of time you could jerry rig a 1" foam pad to the back rest to move you up. Won't look pretty but it should work.


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I have a mustang super solo. I wasn't happy with the adjustment range. I cut the threaded end and removed the adjuster screw, went to ace and bought a longer chrome bolt. screwed it in and "boogered" the end threads so it cant come out. You could also double nut the screw to keep it from coming out.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions! I really appreciate the support that folks on this forum show for one another. It's a very welcome breath of fresh air!
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I wish I had that problem. I have a Mustang seat and have to backrest adjustment screw all the way back.

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Is it possible the mustang seat moved you back a couple of inches compared to the stock seat? Sounds like the seat has you to far back now. I run into a similar situation.
With stock bars mustang seat had me moved back 2Ē and was just about right. Changed bars out for chiseled style bars and now the mustang seat had me too far back. I liked the new bar position so sold the mustang seat and now use the stock seat customized by MCC.
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