Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500


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luckingham
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Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500

Postby luckingham » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:55 pm



Looked all over the NET and can't find any info on how to install the used backrest that supposedly fits on my '98 GL1500 Goldwing.

I can't find a part number, but I can show pictures (see attached - sorry for the really tiny pic of the GW with this back rest. You can zoom it a little bit before it pixelates. I can't find a better one).

The handgrips have sleeves that are too big for the holes in the backrest mount. The bolts will fit through the mount holes, but not the sleeves from the handgrips. From the picture I have a mounted backrest, you can see that the handgrips are flush with the chrome mount, which impossible unless I:

1. Hacksaw the sleeves flush to the handgrip, then use them as spacers on the the other side of the chrome mounts since these helped anchor the handgrips inside of the seat.
2. Drill a hole in the chrome mount that is big enough for the handgrip sleeves to fit through.

Am I missing something?

Of the above, which is the lessor of two evils?

Thanks,

-Lucky-
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smilam
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Re: Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500

Postby smilam » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:58 pm

I drilled out the brackets on mine. That seemed like the best answer as it doesn't mess up the hand grips and that sleeve helps with the alignment.
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Re: Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500

Postby luckingham » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:04 pm

Great.... that's what I was sort of thinking, too... and my only thought was how much that might wreck the chrome... would it be more susceptible to rust?

-Lucky-

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Re: Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500

Postby SteveB123 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:42 am

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luckingham
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Re: Drag Specialties Backrest Install for GL1500

Postby luckingham » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:28 am

POIFICT!!!

1. I can't help but wonder if your way isn't better. Your way seems to be the more solid and secure fit since the handle spacers are molded directly into it.

2. If I hacked saw the spacers off of the handle I wonder if I can reuse them in lieu of odering part number 5.

This is a big help!

Thanks Steve,

Lucky




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