new guy with a bike needs help

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Hoth, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Hoth

    Hoth New Member

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    Ok I'll start this way, I thought I had enough heat to keep the battery warm and like the idiot I am it is dead. Can someone explain how to remove the seat and then how to remove the battery on a 98 heritage softtail. Please be as gentle as possible because this is my first wrench to this baby.
    Thanks!!!:newsmile071:
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I don't think the '98 is much different from my '94 so here is how I get mine off. There is a screw at the rear of the seat that screws into the fender. Unscrew and move the seat toward the rear of the bike and pick it stright up, careful not to scratch the fender. There should be a nylon washer under the metal tab attached to the seat, don't lose it and make sure it is replaced before you reinstall the seat. Taking the battery out requires a 10mm open end wrench. Unscrew the two post, neg first. There should be a rubber strap over the battery with metal interlocking clasps undo thoes and lift the battery stright up.
     
  3. Hoth

    Hoth New Member

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    Not sure when they went to adding 2 more screws on sides of the seat, but if it won't come up look under the sides of the saddle. My 04 strap has to also pop off on one side. Remove the (neg) first or you are asking for sparks.
     
  5. Hoth

    Hoth New Member

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    will be sure that neg comes off first! Thanks!!
     
  6. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

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    I kinda wish my seat had more than one screw. It kinda rattles on the frame sometimes when I sit or get up. (or maybe that's my old back, not sure).

    I'm sure your battery case is different than mine, but if your neg cable is short like mine and hangs in the way, I always put masking tape over the neg terminal just so I don't slop some sparks coming out.
     
  7. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    Just a thought.

    When I bought my tender it came with pigtail connection that connects right to the HD pigtail under my seat. It also came with battery clip pigtail. You could cut off the clamps and crimp on ring terminals and connect them to the battery. Make it just long enough to poke out under the seat. The only issue is not having the inline fuse that mine has.
     
  8. Hoth

    Hoth New Member

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    Do I have to remove the backseat to get to the screw for the drivers seat?
     
  9. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Unless you have some aftermarket type seat I haven't seen the back/rear, pillion/seat is attached to the front/rider seat. My two up Corbin does not have the ears on the rider seat to attach it to the frame only the screw into the fender and the front tang that slides into a bracket under the seat. My solo Corbin has two bolts that attach the seat to the frame.
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    If you dont already have one I would consider an owners manual, there is a lot of good reading there and pages left blank so you can record things like oil changes and modifications JMO