How to Install Saddlebags on a Dyna Wide Glide

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How to Install Saddlebags on a Dyna Wide Glide
Most of these bikes at the Sturgis Motorcycle rally have saddlebags. (David McNew/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

There may be no better example of the Harley tax, the price you must pay to fix the deficiencies in your brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, than the absence of bags on your Wide Glide. Bags are integral to the Harley experience. Saddlebags are where your leathers go when the weather turns from cold to hot between the Aspen Pass and the Painted Desert. The bad news is the cost of the bags. The good news is that saddlebags are much easier to mount on an FXDWG than on other Dynas because the rear directional signals do not have to be relocated. This is how Harley's own bags mount on a Wide Glide.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Saddlebag kit with all mounting hardware
  • Socket wrench
  • Allen sockets
  • Masking tape
  • Hex sockets
  • Torque wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unbolt but do not remove the stock rear indicators with an allen socket and socket wrench. Save the hardware and tape the signals to the rear fender with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Tape the fender rail securely to the rear fender with masking tape without covering either of the rear fender rail bolts. Remove the front and rear fender rail bolts with an open-end wrench, a hex socket and a socket wrench.

  3. 3

    Insert the 2 1/2-inch bolt included with the saddlebag kit through the forward mounting hole inside of the saddlebag using two thick washers included in the kit. Install the short spacer onto the bolt as it protrudes through the saddlebag.

  4. 4

    Insert the bolt through the fender support cover into the fender rail. Hand tighten the nut that attaches to this bolt inside the rear fender.

  5. 5

    Insert the 2 3/4-inch bolt included with the saddlebags through the rear mounting hole inside of the saddlebag using two thick washers included with the kit. Install the long spacer over the bolt where the bolt protrudes into the fender rail.

  6. 6

    Hand tighten the nut that attaches to this bolt inside the rear fender. Tighten both the new bolts to 25-foot pounds of torque with a hex socket and a socket wrench.

  7. 7

    Install the opposite saddlebag using the same procedures. Remove the tape from the fender rails.

  8. 8

    Remove the tape from the rear indicators and the rear fender. Reattach the rear indicators to the rear fender with an allen socket and socket wrench.

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