First I knocked it down a star strictly because of COBRA'S quality control not Dennis Kirk's. THE GOOD: Great Price, good Quality Fast Shipping. THE BAD: COBRA does not consider the end user and clean out bolthole threads after they CHROME the Sissy Bar prior to shipping. THE UGLY: Supplied bolts MAY NOT and in my case WOULD NOT screw in smoothly like they should and may get STUCK (as one of mine did) so it wont screw in or out and you could end up breaking it off trying to back it out (as I did). The allen wrench hole on the mounting bolts are not strong, so if you apply any pressure above normal to remove the stuck bolt, it will strip. I then had to use a pair of vice grips to try and remove the bolt, which in turn broke the bolt in half leaving the end of the bolt in the Sissy Bar. I HAD TO DRILL OUT THE BROKEN BOLT. Save yourself a headache and between the time you order and the Sissy Bar arrives go to the hardware store and buy a tread cleaning tool, you will need a metric 8mm X 1.25, also know as a High Carbon Plug Tap (about 4 bucks). USE IT to clean up the chrome from the threads holes BEFORE INSERTING MOUNTING BOLTS INTO SISSY BAR! You will save yourself a 3-hour headache and the possibility of messing up your new Sissy Bar. Don’t start the install off by doing as I did and breaking off the bolt and wishing you had cleaned out the threads! It a great sissy bar for the price and you wont go wrong by getting it, just pay attention when inserting those bolts.
Went onto bike very easily but when it came time to attach the backrest to the two bars had trouble screwing the bolts provided into the threads on the wings. After reviewing the reviews,(wished I read before I ordered) other people had the same problem and used a threader to clean out overchrome. I called Cobra direct, no 800 #'s available, the tech said he doesn't believe reviewers on Dennis Kirk site and the have never heard of the problem. (right!) He shipped me two new bolts as I couldn't get one of them all the way flush. While struggling to get that bolt out it snapped the head off. Now I have three in and one with no head. Called them again and they suggest taking to dealer to have it drilled out and retool threads. If I wanted to do that I would have bought it at dealer and let them install an OEM backrest.
It looks great and is comfortable for the passanger. The draw back is if you have sadle bag bars the bolts are not long enough. So be prepared to buy some. Instructions were easy to follow and assembly was quick and easy.
didnt know which to choose the short or the tall there is only 3 inches difference between the two but for the passenger im glad i choose the tall looks great! make sure if you have saddle bag supports to get at least one person to help you hold stuff it helps alot only took about 30 minutes once i had another helping hand great product thanks !!!
The backrest itself is nice and the mounting hardware is very solid. Only complaint is that the bolts they give you to put it on are complete junk. They strip very easily and then are very difficult to get out.
Outstanding fit, finish & function, and extremely easy to install. Installed this, along with a Cobra luggage rack, to my 2012 Raider. Looks great, and will works perfectly with my Saddlemen sissy bar bag. I don't really care for saddlebags, and a sissy bar/luggage rack combination makes an extremely secure platform for a large sissy bar bag.
Exact fit for my Roadstar XV1600. Very durable nice chrome finish. Installation very easy definitely need to do one side at at a time as per instructions. I even have soft saddle bag supports and worked with them just needed to use the existing hardware as the bolts were longer
After putting this on, I too, discovered that I had to use the threader tool - see onnie's posting for size of tool. Also we didn't have to use the spacers - found that the spacers are used when you don't have the fender on your cycle.
This is a very good product. Best price I found for this sissy bar. The only problem I have with this product is remembering i installed it and not falling when i kick it getting off my bike. it was extremely easy to install with easy to read instructions