FL ADJUSTABLE RIDER BACKREST MOUNTING HARDWARE KIT
J047302015-10-05
GENERAL
Kit Number
52596-09A
Models
For model fitment information, see the P&A Retail Catalog or the Parts and Accessories section of www.harley-davidson.com (English only).
Installation Requirements
Separate purchase of an FL Adjustable Rider Backrest Kit is required for installation of this kit. See a Harley-Davidson Dealer.
WARNING
Rider and passenger safety depend upon the correct installation of this kit. If the procedure is not within your capabilities or you do not have the correct tools, have a Harley-Davidson dealer perform the installation. Improper installation of this kit could result in death or serious injury. (00308b)
NOTE
This instruction sheet references service manual information. A service manual for your model motorcycle is required for this installation. One is available from a Harley-Davidson Dealer.
Kit Contents
REMOVAL
1.
See the service manual. Remove seat. Save hardware.
2.
See the service manual. Remove left side cover.
3.
See Figure 1. Remove nuts (1). Leave washers (2) and studs (3) in place.
1Flange nut (2)
2Stud (2)
3Plastic washer (2)
Figure 1. Mounting Hardware
4.
See Figure 2. Remove spark plug wire clip (1).
1Spark Plug Wire Clip
Figure 2. Spark Plug Wire Clip
5.
Models with Mid-Frame Air Deflectors: Remove upper left side mounting hardware.
INSTALLATION
1.
See Figure 3. Install clip nut (1) in mounting hole (2). Align clip with alignment hole (3).
1Clip nut
2Mounting hole
3Alignment hole
Figure 3. Install Clip Nut
2.
See Figure 4. Attach bracket (2) to mounting base (3). Install screw (1) and nut (4) as shown. Leave fasteners loose.
1Screw
2Bracket
3Mounting base
4Nut
Figure 4. Install bracket
3.
See Figure 5. Set mounting bracket (1) over studs and plastic washer See Figure 1. Install screws and nuts (2) as shown. Leave fasteners loose. Verify electrical connector moves freely.
4.
Install washers (4) and nuts (6). Tighten to 7–11 N·m (60–96 in-lbs).
5.
Tighten screws and nuts (2) 8–11 N·m (6–8 ft-lbs).
1Mounting bracket
2Bolt and nut (3)
3Mounting base
4Washer (2)
5Electrical connector
6Nut (removed earlier)
Figure 5. Install Backrest Bracket
6.
See Figure 13. Install actuator handle (13) with cable to actuator handle bracket (12) so the cable is pointing down when installed. Secure with screws (9) and nuts (11).
7.
Models without Mid-Frame Air Deflector See Figure 6. Slide the flat side of the actuator assembly (1) behind the spark plug wires. Verify the hook/bent tab on the bracket engages with the cross-member plate. Install screw (4) and washer (5). Tighten screw to 5.1–6.2 N·m (45–55 in-lbs). Models with Mid-Frame Air Deflector See Figure 7. Slide the flat side of the actuator assembly (1) behind the spark plug wires. Verify the hook/bent tab on the bracket engages with the cross-member plate. Install screw (4) and washer (5). Tighten screw to 2.8–3.9 N·m (25–35 in-lbs).
1Actuator assembly
2Cable
3Cross-member plate
4Screw
5Washer
6Clip
7Frame
Figure 6. Install Actuator Assembly
1Actuator assembly
2Cable
3Cross-member plate
4Screw
5Washer
6Clip
7Frame
8Left side air deflector
Figure 7. Installing Actuator Assembly with Mid-Frame Air Deflector
8.
Clean an area on the adjustment handle bracket in the approximate location where the spark plug wire clip was removed. Use a solution of 50% alcohol and 50% water.
9.
See Figure 13. Install wire guide (8) onto the bracket. Route the spark plug wire through the clip. Fold clip to secure the spark plug wire.
10.
See Figure 8.Route the cable (2) under cross-member. Continue routing cable (2) between fuse/electrical box (4) and frame (5) to the top of the rear fender and to the backrest bracket.
1Actuator assembly
2Cable
3Cross-member plate
4Fuse/electrical box
5Frame
Figure 8. Cable Routing
11.
See Figure 9. Attach the release cable (1) to the backrest mounting bracket (2) as shown. Carefully secure the cable to the shaft of the gas spring (4) with the provided cable strap (3). Do not over-tighten the cable strap.
1Release cable
2Backrest bracket
3Cable strap
4Gas spring shaft
Figure 9. Attach Cable to Backrest Bracket
SEAT PROTECTOR INSTALLATION
NOTE
The purpose of the seat protector is to prevent premature wear between the backrest mechanism and the underside of the seat. If the seat protector is placed too low in the seat opening, the backrest mechanism, when pushed forward, may snag the upper edge of the protector and be difficult to return upright.
  1. Temporarily install the seat over the backrest mechanism.
  2. Install but do not tighten the seat mounting hardware.
  3. Install the rider backrest following the instructions under BACKREST INSTALLATION.
  4. See Figure 13. Obtain seat protector (16).
  5. Apply masking tape to seat protector as an aid to locate the protector in the seat.
    1. Apply masking tape to the smooth, non-adhesive side of the seat protector.
    2. Extend masking tape 2 in (5.1 cm) past each edge of the shorter side of the seat protector.
  6. Insert the seat protector from above between the rear of the seat opening and the backrest mechanism all the way to the edge with the tape. Do not tape protector to seat now.
  7. See Figure 12. With the backrest and seat in place, push the backrest to the fully forward position (3). The backrest mechanism presses against the underside of the seat and against the inserted seat protector.
  8. With backrest mechanism fully forward, adjust the seat protector so the upper-most edge is positioned roughly 1/2 in (13 mm) above the rear edge of the mechanism within the seat pocket.
  9. Temporarily adhere the masking tape to the seat to retain the determined position.
  10. Keeping the seat protector taped in place, remove seat and place upside down on a smooth, clean surface.
  11. Mark or otherwise indicate the location of the edges of the seat protector on the underside of the seat.
  12. Remove the protector from the seat and the masking tape from the protector.
  13. NOTE
    To keep the inserted backrest from snagging the protector when the backrest is being installed, slightly roll the top-most edge of the seat protector that is nearest the pillion portion of the seat.
  14. See Figure 10. Note the shape of the surface the seat protector (2) covers and gently form the protector to better fit the seat contours (1).
  15. Note the location of the seat protector and clean a roughly four in square area with soapy water or alcohol.
  16. Remove adhesive liner from seat protector and place the seat protector over the intended location.
  17. Press from middle of seat protector outward to remove air bubbles trapped between protector and seat.
  18. Allow 24 hours for adhesive to cure before getting wet or placing in extreme temperatures.
1Seat contour
2Seat protector
Figure 10. Underside of Seat
SEAT INSTALLATION
  1. See the service manual. Install seat and grab strap (if equipped) with the previously removed hardware.
  2. See the service manual. Install seat. After installing seat, pull up on the seat to verify that it is secure.
BACKREST INSTALLATION
WARNING
After installing backrest, pull upward to be sure it is locked in position. While riding, a loose backrest can shift causing loss of control, which could result in death or serious injury. (00386a)
1.
See Figure 11. Press on lever on backrest bracket as shown. Insert backrest and press gently until it snaps into place.
Figure 11. Installing Backrest
OPERATION
WARNING
After installing backrest, pull upward to be sure it is locked in position. While riding, a loose backrest can shift causing loss of control, which could result in death or serious injury. (00386a)
1.
See Figure 12. The adjustment handle is used to move the backrest pad into the forward and rearward positions.
2.
To adjust the backrest pad forward or rearward (2), push the handle. Leaning back against the backrest pad helps adjust it rearward. Keeping your weight off of the backrest pad while pushing the handle causes the backrest to come to its full forward position. Releasing the handle locks the backrest into place.
3.
To adjust the backrest pad up and down (1), pull the knob on rear of pad. Move the backrest up or down into the desired position then release when the pad is in the desired position.
NOTE
Be careful when pushing the seat to the full forward mounting position (3). Pushing the seat forward too far could tear the seat material.
4.
The backrest pad may be pushed forward against seat (3) as shown to ease in getting off and on the motorcycle without activating the release handle.
1Vertical adjustment
2Upright range
3Full forward mounting position
Figure 12. Backrest Postions
SERVICE PARTS
Figure 13. Service Parts: FL Adjustable Rider Backrest Mounting Hardware Kit
Table 1. Service Parts Table: Adjustable Rider Backrest
Item
Description (Quantity)
Part Number
1
Mounting bracket
52590-09
2
Washer (2)
6223
3
Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/4 inch (3)
3574
4
Nut, locking flange, 1/4-20 (3)
7716
5
Actuation handle kit (includes Items 6 through 13)
52365-09
6
  • Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/4 inch
3574
7
  • Clip nut
8108
8
  • Wire guide
10102
9
  • Screw (2)
2933
10
  • Washer
6036
11
  • Lock nut (2)
7838
12
  • Actuator bracket handle
Not Sold Separately
13
  • Actuator handle with cable
Not Sold Separately
14
  • Cable strap
Not Sold Separately
15
Backrest mounting base
52482-01A
16
Seat protector, adhesive backed, 3 1/2 x 3 inch
52300017
Items referenced in text, but not included in kit:
A
Backrest pad
Sold Separately
B
Pivot bracket repair kit (includes pivot bracket, lever, spring and hardware)
52342-09
C
Stock nut