Join Date: May 2014
Location: west 'burbs of Chicago
Yep, it's a really shitty design. Allowing the post to contact (or even push through) the fender is just piss-poor engineering.
I did squish the portion of the wiring harness that runs under the mounting bracket with no ill effect. There isn't as much inside the conduit as you may expect.
For the backrest itself, I found the best height for me and marked the post at the point it contacts the top of the mount. Then I wrapped a few layers of black duck tape around the post to prevent it from sliding down any further into the mount. The tape barely shows above the hole in the seat. 99.9% of people won't notice it.
I can post a picture tonight when I get home from work if you like, but marking the post and wrapping tape isn't complicated...
2013 Cross Roads Classic
Tri-Oval Stage 1
OEM Tachometer, Windshield Lowers, Driver & Passenger Backrests
Ultimate Midrider Seat
Kuryakyn Sabertooth Tail Lights
Ricz Lay Down License Plate Bracket
28,000 (s)miles and counting...