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How to Remove the Seat of a Harley Sportster

by Chris Gilliland

Most of a Harley-Davidson Sportster's electrical components and circuitry resides under the seat, making it vital to be able to remove the seat for your motorcycle. The task may appear complicated at first, but getting the seat off of the motorcycle is a quick job once you have done it a few times. A single Phillips screwdriver and a few minutes of your time is all you will need to complete this task.

Unscrew the bolt attaching the seat to the rear fender, using a Phillips screwdriver.

Grasp the rear of the seat and lift it off of the rear fender.

Pull the seat away from the gas tank until the tongue under the front of the seat is freed from the catch slot on the frame.

Lift the seat off of the frame and set it aside.

Items you will need


About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.

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