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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Learning my lesson.

I ordered aftermarket seat backs for my 17 RGS off eBay. Both did not fit even though the item descriptions said they would. That would be bad enough except I have a wife that told me just to get the Harley OEM ones. Be wary of eBay if you have a 17. No more eBay stuff for me.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 10:16 PM
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If the description said they would fit, and they don't, send a message to the seller and try and get your money back. If you're ignored, or fed a line, then file a dispute to get your money back, either through eBay, and or your credit card company. Happy wife, happy life!

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What do you mean by "Seat Backs", and what didn't fit about them?

Are you talking about quick release passenger backrests? If so, your connection points on the bike might not be oriented correctly. They are not round. When I got the new Road King, it came with the quick release docking hardware from the dealer. I couldn't get the OEM backrest to lock on and the dealer workers were clueless. I figured out that the docking points weren't round and once I adjusted them, smooth as a hot knife through butter.
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I have not had issues with aftermarket backrest. or floorboards...etc. What is it that does not fit?


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As an FYI, the new Backrests and Docking station hardware have become crap shoots - I had HD parts on my old '16 RG, all bought new through the dealer and once installed, they were a BITCH to get off - Was told HD is using "new Hardware" and to ride the bike until they loosen up - We had to almost bash the damn thing off only to find out that 4 points were installed backwards and it was 'Forced" on to begin with - Check and make sure your docking points are all on correctly and aligned.

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As an FYI, the new Backrests and Docking station hardware have become crap shoots - I had HD parts on my old '16 RG, all bought new through the dealer and once installed, they were a BITCH to get off - Was told HD is using "new Hardware" and to ride the bike until they loosen up - We had to almost bash the damn thing off only to find out that 4 points were installed backwards and it was 'Forced" on to begin with - Check and make sure your docking points are all on correctly and aligned.
That is because all those frigin idiots don't know that the mounting points are not round. Once I got mine sorted out, I went to the local dealer and pointed out to the owner all the mounting points that were installed incorrectly. Once you get them oriented correctly, the quick detach accessories work smoothly.
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Thanks for the info, I will definitly check the mounting points. The front went on fine but the rear was over an 1/8th inch on each side from the end of the mount.
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but the rear was over an 1/8th inch on each side from the end of the mount.
Can almost bet up to $4.00 that if you flip them around, you'll be right as rain
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Can almost bet up to $4.00 that if you flip them around, you'll be right as rain
Yep. That is the part I didn't mention. There is a different depth spacer on each end of the "not round" mount points. Make sure the thicker spacer is toward the bike, and don't tighten all the way until you put the backrest on and make sure it is oriented for smooth operation.


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I had a similar problem with a detachable passenger backrest purchased from Ebay and supposedly genuine Harley, (I'm not so sure.) My problem was with the front mount points that push on to the upper shock mounts. The bottom edge of the rack hit the top of the Premium Shock, making it very difficult to push on to the mounts all the way. So the rear mount points didn't line up properly. I don't know for sure if this is a problem with the Premium Shocks or with the mount I bought but I filed down the mount to get it to fit right.
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