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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 07:55 PM     #1
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driver back rest set-up

Figure i'd just throw this one out there..

I have a stock seat for my Softail that i re-covered with quality leather. Im looking for idea's to make/buy a set up so i can have a little back support for myself as i ride.

i dont want to buy a new seat, im looking for some kind of attachment i can bolt on somewhere or make myself. Any idea's?
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 08:53 PM     #2
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Re: driver back rest set-up

There used to be a company in (I think) Aiken, SC that made nice backrests. He always had 1/8 page ads in the back of the big Harley magazines. Nice backrests, but, they fit over the outside of the seat, so it wasn't like a hidden bracket design.
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 08:58 PM     #3
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Re: driver back rest set-up

I have a FLSTC and I bought a rider backrest from the following company. The owner was very accommodating and he bent over backwards to satisfy me. He actually customized the backrest just for my needs. It mounts in minutes to the existing passenger seat mounting thumb screws. The cost was super low ($110.00). I'm very happy with mine.

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Grasshopper Limited
Owner: Lonnie Alsteens
website: Custom quick release motorcycle drivers backrests by Grasshopper Limited
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 09:01 PM     #4
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 10:40 PM     #5
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Re: driver back rest set-up

I have a firehouse Customs drivers backrest on mine. It fits in between the driver and passenger seats and mounts on the studs that the front seat bolts down with.
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Re: driver back rest set-up

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I have a firehouse Customs drivers backrest on mine. It fits in between the driver and passenger seats and mounts on the studs that the front seat bolts down with.
Unfortunately I think Firehouse is out of business due to the slow economy. Their website has been down for some time.
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 06:25 PM     #7
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i will follow up the leads. thank you!
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Re: driver back rest set-up

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i will follow up the leads. thank you!
Caseydeuce, one of the moderators added a driver backrest to his bagger, maybe you could do something similar...TQ did a pretty fine job, you might try PM once you decide and need details...though his write up is very through.

(HD Backrest for Touring Models)http://www.hdtalking.com/touring_models/37327-hd_backrest_for_touring_models.html
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Re: driver back rest set-up

Check Grasshopper Limited on Ebay first. You can sometimes get the backrest for $20 cheaper than their website. I have one and it works great.
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