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How I mounted my TLE to my Softail
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Fuzzybeard
Posted 5/9/2015 2:49 PM (#84293)
Subject: How I mounted my TLE to my Softail



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This has come up more than once. So, since I don't get on very often, I thought I'd make a post to show how I accomplished my connection. That way it can be properly shared, discussed, ripped apart, condemned, etc.

 

To begin, this is a 99 FLSTC and a 93 TLE. I have no idea what process would be involved with any other setup. Honestly, I made all this up anyway! Let's dig in.....

 The hardest part was coming up with a rear mounting point. What I came up with was a 3/8" steel plate that mounts to the passenger footpeg mounting point on top and the two exhaust hanger bolts on the bottom. To this I had a piece welded on to create a mount with a 2" stand-off.

  

 

 

 

For the front I found this bar at the local farm store

 http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/694902-double-hh-category-1-stabilizer-arm.html

 I cut it into two lengths, did a thousand more measurements and came up with an upper and lower mount that I u-bolted to the frame. Since I don't trust anything I do, I got crazy and doubled up on the U-bolts on each bar. I then got to wondering about the u-bolts shifting up and down the frame during a high stress event and decided to tie them together with a couple of pieces of flat stock.

 

 

 

 

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dawg gone
Posted 5/11/2015 10:10 AM (#84322 - in reply to #84293)
Subject: RE: How I mounted my TLE to my Softail


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nice looks stout enough, upper mount to lower mount subframe great stability.
How do the rear shocks hold up to the extra weight? I have a Spyder on my '07 and it is a bit softer than I would like,
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prmurat1
Posted 5/12/2015 4:04 PM (#84342 - in reply to #84293)
Subject: RE: How I mounted my TLE to my Softail



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Nice mounts!! I installed a Companion GT on my -89 Softail but I went the easy way with a DMC mounting kit... Changed the front wheel for a 16" (had a 21"), longer tubes and raked triple trees...




Edited by prmurat1 5/12/2015 4:10 PM
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Fuzzybeard
Posted 5/12/2015 5:47 PM (#84351 - in reply to #84293)
Subject: Re: How I mounted my TLE to my Softail



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Thanks guys! I went this route for a few reasons. Number one, I'm cheap. Because I had the rear mount made up at work (free) I only have like $40 into the mounts. Number two, I had a lot of people tell me I couldn't or shouldn't do it and I'm stubborn that way. Number three, I'm cheap.

I haven't actually noticed a difference in the rear suspension with this rig, maybe since the car doesn't have a suspension it is less noticeable.

I also added raked trees to my bike, but I'm thinking of taking them back off. They did make it slightly easier to steer but I also got more bump steer now than I like, again lack of suspension on car.
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