Must the rear tire be removed for fender replacement

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by jc119misty, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. jc119misty

    jc119misty New Member

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    Must the rear tire be removed to replace stock rear fender.
    with another stock rear fender.

    2003 heritage softail classic
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    It may not "have" to be removed, but my guess is that it will be much easier if it is removed.
     
  3. 90FXRS

    90FXRS Junior Member Contributor

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    You don't have to remove the tire to get the fender off. Since the bolts are on the outside. There are plates on the inside of the fender that have the nuts welded to them. Depending on how big your hands are, putting things back together can be tricky. I've held a nut plate up inside, started one bolt, used a couple of screwdrivers to align and hold the plate to start another bolt.
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Not necessary, but IMO worth the effort. Tail light wires etc. are in channels, connectors to unplug/pull through fender grommets, nuts hard to reach. I do a neater job and the time spent R&R wheel is worth the aggravation to ME.
     
  5. jc119misty

    jc119misty New Member

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    Thanks for the knowledge, just making sure there's no bolt in center/top of fender front side, battery side. I had replaced the front weeks ago.
    did not remove the front tire, but.... the back may be a different story.

    Thanks again for the info
     
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    besides , if you take the tire off you can inspect, clean, etc.. the wheel and other spots on the bike easier also.