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How to Install a Harley Windshield on a Fatboy

by Madison Velding-VanDam

The Harley-Davidson Fatboy motorcycle does not come standard with a windshield. Adding one can decrease wind fatigue, keep projectiles out of your face and offer some protection from the elements. Through a Harley-Davidson dealer, you can find a Harley brand windshield made specifically for your Fatboy model. Harley windshields are made of Lexan, a durable distortion-resistant material, and can be quickly installed with the kit provided.


Step 1

Purchase the Harley-Davidson windshield kit designed to fit your specific Fatboy model. The exact model number and dimensions required for a windshield are available in your motorcycle's manual. You can also use a tape measure to obtain the dimensions of your Fatboy's headlight frame and front panel.

Step 2

Place clean soft rags on the chrome and painted areas on the front panel, front headlights and fuel tank. The screwdriver and windshield kit mountings are otherwise likely to make scratches.

Remove the protective covering from the new windshield. Heat up the windshield by placing it above a stove or near a heating unit. This will make the Lexan more flexible and easier to install.


Step 1

Take the bottom windshield assembly jaws and hook them onto the grooves of the rubber bushings. The rubber bushings should be placed on the Fatboy's lower spotlamp bracket.

Step 2

Take the top windshield assembly jaws and hook them into the grooves of the top rubber bushings.

Move the windshield and its connected assembly pieces onto the rubber bushing until it is seated in place. Tighten any remaining screws until the windshield is securely fastened.

Items you will need

  • Harley windshield installation kit
  • Tape measure
  • Rags
  • Screwdriver set

About the Author

Madison Velding-VanDam began writing in 2004. His writing has appeared in music review blogs such as APLAUDE, a South American website reviewing local artists. Velding-VanDam holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan.

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