Instead of zip-tying my swing arm bag (which will rub off the paint of the swing arm over time) I decided to hard mount it to the bike instead.
I had so much trouble finding a video on how to do it, so I decided to make my own.
The Viking Bag that I purchased through Amazon came with a hard mount kit, but no instructions, so I hit up customer service at Viking Bags to get instructions. They provided me with this guide. I’ll go through it with y’all step by step.
The first thing that’s recommended is using a jack. I don’t have one, nor do I have access to a facility where I can rent/borrow one, so we didn’t use one. In hindsight, using a jack would make it easier for you but a lift would be better so that you’re not working so low on the ground.
First thing you want to do is use a T-50 allen bit to remove the shock. Start by loosening up the upper bolt.
Then using an adjustable wrench and the same allen bit, remove the lower bolt.
The kit included 2 spacers, so use one on the upper shock and put it back on.
The lower shock is a little trickier to put on, so to make your life easier, set yourself up for the installation. Remove the bolt holding the brake line clamp to the swing arm.
Use the small bracket provided and connect it to the large bracket. Again, this is just to make installing the lower shock easier, so don’t tighten any of these just yet.
This was the hardest part of the installation because we needed 1 person to fit the bolt through the swing arm, and another person to lift up the back of the bike. Use the bolt provided, the original washer, the actual shock, the large bracket, and a spacer to go through the swing arm. I needed a hammer to push the bolt all the way in too.
Next, use the P-clamp to wrap around the swing arm and bolt it though the lower hole in the bracket.
Now you can tighten all of the loose bolts.
Hold up your saddle bag to the bracket and with a marker, trace the outside of the large bracket.
Line up the smaller bracket and mark the three holes that you will need to drill.
Use a drill with a drill bit large enough to create a hole that fits the bolt, but be careful not to drill through the front of the bag.
Next, use the three smaller bolts to connect it to the bracket on the swing arm. Remember that the small bracket goes inside the bag.
Then tighten all three bolts and you’re done!
TBH, I made it sound a lot easier than it was. Since I’m not mechanically inclined, I relied on my BF and his tools to get the job done. And for reference, if you have a 2003 or older sportster, the installation is a little bit different.
Hope this helps!