This is the first in what will probably amount to approximately 300 million How To Harley-Davidson tips for novice riders. I have been advised that people love this stuff.
How do I install a new seat on my Harley Davidson 883 Sportster? Can I do this myself? Will I need special tools?
Sure, you can change out your own seat. If you have at least six fingers and one good eye I don’t see why not.
The only special tools you will need is a set of Allen keys and maybe some Torx drivers and a Phillips head screwdriver. Harley is always changing their fasteners. You can buy a folding set of Allen keys at Pep Boys. The clerk will call them hex keys. Since Harley uses so many Torx fasteners pick up a set of Torx drivers while you are in the store. Get some thread locker. It is like glue for nuts and bolts. If you don’t own a Phillips head screwdriver buy one. Or, don’t come back here and ask anymore questions.
If you have a sissy bar pad on the back of your Sportster remove the pad with, probably, a Phillips head screwdriver. Taking the pad off makes it easy to get to the screw that holds the seat on.
Find the little tab on the back of your seat that attaches your seat to your rear fender. Unscrew the screw and pull it out. Try not to lose the screw. There is a washer under the seat screw. Don’t lose that either.
Pull the back of the seat back and up. The thing will slip right off and will expose your battery, in case you ever need to replace that.
Set the old seat aside. Take the plastic wrap off your new seat. Find the frame bracket just behind your gas tank. The hook on the front of your new seat slips under that.
Do it. Slip the hook on the front of your seat under the frame bracket. The hole in the little tab on your new seat should match up to the hole in your fender. Put the washer between the seat tab and the fender.
Put a drop of thread locker, like Loctite, on the screw you took out and screw the thing back into your rear fender.
Pull up on the front of your seat to make sure it is stuck into the frame bracket. If it comes loose take the seat off and start over. If it is stuck, you are done. Enjoy the adult beverage of your choice.