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ST1300 Stealth Backrest® Installation

We at Pirates Lair have designed the ST1300 Stealth Backrest to be a very easy install. It will fit every model year ST1300 up through 2012. Basically..just remove the (4) screws securing the black plastic rear piece and replace with our bracket. Install time will be about 10 minutes.. 30 if you are nursing a beer... a few days if you lose one of the factory spacers during install. Be forewarned.

Warranty In case you are unaware... Pirates' Lair will replace the bracket or internal hardware FREE of CHARGE for a period of ONE YEAR from date of purchase should your bracket or internal pieces break. As of this writing, I would assume that the good people at Sargent Cycle will warranty the upholstery portion as well. Questions? 828.628.7093 EST

Step 1 : Factory Plastic Rack Plate Removal

1. Remove your seat.
2. Remove the (4) factory screws securing the black plastic rack plate. Pay attention to which spacers and which nuts go where.
Click on Image next column for detailed, enlarged schematic.

When removing the front (2) screws be careful not to lose the spacers or flat nuts on the underside. If you lose one.. this install will come to a screeching halt and you'll have to order one from a dealer...Trust me on this one... I'm speaking from painful experience.

Step 2: ST1300 Stealth Bracket Installation

Note: I'll leave it up to you, but I would recommend using a drop of Blue LOCK-TITE on the screws you are about to install. The Stealth Bracket is designed to remain on the bike semi-permanently.

1. Place your new Stealth bracket on the rear rack. Reinstall all (4) factory screws, spacers, and nuts just the way they were removed. Get ALL (4) screws started before tightening anything. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. Just use common sense. Snug and a 1/4 turn should do. Remember.. the factory rack is PLASTIC!.

Step 3: Backrest Usage

1. Slide the backrest all the way in.
2. Lock it in place with your furnished securing screw.
3. Reinstall seat
Only one screw is needed to secure the backrest to the bike

WARNING: Caution should be used when sliding the backrest on and off the bike. If your seat is in place, the abrasive action of the slide bar against the seat material will cause long term damage. Always place something between your seat and slide bar when installing or removing. Se comprende? Pirates' Lair will not be responsible for replacing seats that have been damaged due to the neglect on "your" end.
Also..it has been determined that during heavy rain, water will run down the back of our backrest and bypass that cheesy little rubber water channel situated just behind and under your seat. So far we have NOT found a quick fix for this, but we are working on it. We strongly advise you place your underseat valuables in a zip lock or other water-proof container in order to safeguard your stash..er... personals.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the backrest you are agreeing to install and use on your Honda ST1300 has not been tested under EVERY conceivable condition. Every effort has been made to design a sturdy and durable product, but at this time.. there are numerous "real-world" variables that may or may not cause possible injury to passenger or rider or both. Please be aware that you are hereby forewarned as to these "variables" and by proceeding with the installation of said backrest, you are in effect waiving all legal recourse /rights in the even of accident caused by.. or damage inflicted upon..or contributed to... by the Stealth backrest. In no case will Jerry (a.k.a. Pirate) Finley, Pirates' Lair or any other of the contributing participants be held liable for injury or damage (consequential or otherwise) resulting from or arising out of usage of the Stealth backrest by you or your passengers. The reader should recognize that motorcycling is a dangerous activity that can result in injury or death. You are hereby notified that, should you decide to proceed, you do so at your own risk. If you do NOT agree with all aspects of this disclaimer... please return the backrest and I'll gladly refund the entire purchase price (excluding shipping)