H-D Detachable Tour-Pak Rack - Baggers Magazine
The patient: a stock 2011 Road Glide Ultra. Go from this
...to this in minutes. We're getting a new seat to clean up the looks.
01. The Tour-Pak comes rigidly mounted from the factory. Until the '09 bikes there was no easy way to go Pak-less.
02. After removing the Tour-Pak lining, we unplugged all of the electrical connectors and removed the 4 bolts holding the Pak to the rack.
03. After removing the stock strut covers, Alan removed the stock rack.
04. We were left with a bare rear fender and electrical wires/connectors for the Tour-Pak lights, the antennas and speakers.
05. New, chrome strut covers (arrow) were set in place and tightened to factory specs.
06. Next to go on were the four-point docking plates.
07. Each of the docking plates was secured over the fender strut covers.
08. Each of the black grommets (arrows), two per side, was added to the docking plates
09. as well as the chrome license plate relocation bracket.
10. The audio antenna had to be relocated for use when the Tour-Pak is removed. We don't use the CB so we didn't need to worry about the other antenna. All wiring and brackets come in the kit though.
11. Splicing into the wiring harness was needed to add a quick-disconnect for the Tour-Pak lights.
12. The antenna relocation bracket (arrow) was bolted to the saddlebag support.
13. The detachable Tour-Pak rack was bolted to the bottom of the Tour-Pak.
14. Here's the bottom of the Tour-Pak with the new rack installed. The Tour-Pak was placed onto the docking plates and away we went.
15. To remove the Tour-Pak first the seat strap and seat needed were removed. The connector for the rear light assembly was unplugged
16. ...as well as the antennas and rear speakers.
17. Then the rack and Tour-Pak were removed as one unit. The unused wires and connectors on the bike were just folded up under the seat. One antenna was unscrewed from the Tour-Pak.
18. The completed rear shot of the Pakless Ultra with the antenna relocated to the new bracket. For a completed profile shot, see photo 2. We are waiting on our new seat to streamline the rear even more.
While many of us in Baggerdom love the fully loaded Ultras there are times when we want to go naked. That is to say get rid of the Tour-Pak. There has never been an easy way to accomplish this as the Tour-Pak and rack are rigidly mounted to the bike. Then there was the issue of wiring from the rear speakers Tour-Pak lights, and the license plate frame. We wanted to do this on our '11 Road Glide Ultra.
While perusing the newest H-D P&A; catalog we came across a kit that makes the Tour-Pak quick detach, using the same docking hardware as other detachable items from H-D such as sissy bars and racks. The Detachable Tour-Pak Mounting Rack (53246-09, $549.95) and the Tour-Pak Quick Disconnect Harness (70032-09, $79.95) were all we needed to ride with a bit more streamlined style and less weight out back. The kit fits '09-later FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHTK and FLTRU models.
We rode over to the H-D Fleet Center where manager Alan Barsi performed the strip down for us. It's straightforward but the wiring modification could cause some issues without the proper tools to disassemble and assemble the connectors.
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