View Full Version : installing sissy bar

05-04-2007, 10:28 AM
i have an 81 sportster that i would like to add a tall sissy bar to.
it mounts on the side of the fender. my question is : do i put it under the plates that are there or over them? unfortunately i am not very mechanical.

05-04-2007, 04:14 PM
Welcome wildman,store bought plate's go under the struts.My sissy bar mounts inside the plate.Are you fabricating the bar?

05-06-2007, 10:49 PM
yes it was fabricated. the way it fit right was on the outside of the plates. it is now on. thank you for your info.

12-07-2007, 10:32 AM
You just got to bolt the sissy bars to them rods that hold the rear fender up.

Here's a picture of my ride back when I was on active duty. Back then I used it off base to cary the helmet I was required to use on base.

The frame is 1962 and I was told it was a drag bike frame. The custom shop had to weld the two things that hold the fender rods up on it.

At least that old frame took the 1980 engine without a hassle.

You ought to know that when one has to push start their ride it's harder to do it with a sissy bar on. It makes the jump into the seat harder.