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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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I love riding this CCT but it's starting to make me feel like a real dumb ass. Been trying to mount my Victory drivers backrest, got the correct mounting bracket the other day and installed according to instructions. (I didn't have the hand strap before so I took it off the mount also) when I try to put the backrest in it goes no further than the first grooved line in the post. The only way I can get further down is to pry the piece on the mount (see pics) which is almost impossible to do with the seat on. Can someone help with this, I'm sure it's going to be something simple to make me feel more stupid.
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You could try putting meat behind it when pushing down. If that doesn't do it maybe some vasaline on the spring and post.

What happens when you turn it around and push it down in there?

It's possible the spring mechanism is too tight so it may need to be straightened a little.

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By the way; you need to put something over that big hole in the fender under the back seat. That's what's causing all that dirt to build up under the seat.

I stuffed some foam cushions in there but some wide tape or other creative trick will work.
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You could try putting meat behind it when pushing down. If that doesn't do it maybe some vasaline on the spring and post.

What happens when you turn it around and push it down in there?
I weigh 270 lbs and damn near sat on it trying to get it down, if I turn it around it goes in easy peasy. Guess I'll try some Vaseline or white grease, if that doesn't work then I guess I'll take it apart and turn it around.

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By the way; you need to put something over that big hole in the fender under the back seat. That's what's causing all that dirt to build up under the seat.

I stuffed some foam cushions in there but some wide tape or other creative trick will work.
Yeah when I took that seat off I thought "damn that's freaking dirty" was wanting to get this problem taken care of then I will do a good cleaning.
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Did the mount squash the cables in the circled area or did you have to move them ?

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Should there be resistance when inserting the backrest ? Mine just seem to slide straight in very freely
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I haven't used mine in a while but yes; it slides right in there. I position it as far in (all the way down to the seat) as it will go.
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for sure move all the cables away from bracket.
Pull bracket off and try backrest to see if it slides through.

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for sure move all the cables away from bracket.
Pull bracket off and try backrest to see if it slides through.
I moved the wire cover as far as I could before tightening the bracket, it still presses somewhat on the plastic wire cover but not much. Was thinking of taking the bracket off and grinding down the bottom side of the bracket and then it may not compress the wire cover at all.

I did try moving the backrest through the bracket before installing it but once it hit that first notch it wasn't going any further until I pried that piece on the mount with a screwdriver. I loosened the bolts on the top of the bracket a little this morning. Still no go. So I resorted to my high tech rubber mallet, gave it a good whack and down she went. Pulled the bracket back out without little effort, put it back in, and it stopped at the first notch and wasn't budging anymore, so I gave it another whack and down it goes again. Was going to try the vaseline or white grease but I don't want to get grease all over my seat or inside my saddlebag when I take it off for the wife to ride. Maybe after whacking it a few times it will get easier to go in. Went for a ride today and really do like having this backrest, made a huge difference. I'm kind of a sloucher and this forces me to sit more upright, feels really good. Just got the figure an easier way now of getting on and off with my stubby legs.

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Just an update if anyone else runs into the same problem I had installing the backrest. It seems that my high tech method of "whacking" the backrest post with a rubber mallet has taken care of the problem. Took my backrest off Sunday when the wife went riding with me, and when I reinstalled the backrest this morning it went in with no problem. I don't have the brand or part number of the rubber mallet, I suspect any would probably work though.
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Hard to say what happened but maybe a piece of slag was somewhere in there and when you hit it with the hammer it broke off and now can go up and down freely. I can't explain why it would go down freely when the post was turned around though.
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