Tech | FBI Drop Seat Kit
Custom Styling And Comfort
By: Jordan Mastagni, Toph Bocchiaro, Photography by Jordan Mastagni
The Drop Seat Kit includes a new seat, the new powdercoated subframe with repositione
When Harley-Davidson developed the new two-piece chassis for 2009 Touring models, the Fat Baggers Inc. (FBI) R&D task force went to work and created a new Drop Seat Kit ($1,799.95 with unpainted side panels; $2,050.95 painted) that would alter the Motor Company's rear frame section to lower the riding position approximately 3 inches. The kit works with all '09-later H-D Touring bikes.
According to Kent Reed, sales and marketing guru with FBI, this kit achieves 3 inches of drop in the rider's seat height without sacrificing suspension, frame clearance, or seat comfort to give riders more stability for starting/stopping and more confidence when they ride, stop, and take off. It also happens to look much cooler than stock.
FBI's Gary Chipp sits aboard the Street Glide as Chris holds the tape measure. The st
The Drop Seat kit's main component is a new subframe, which replaces Harley's tail section of the frame with a reformed tail section that also repositions the location of the battery 90 degrees. The new subframe is positioned lower to fit a new two-up seat (other seat options available) that drops the height of the rider's position when in the saddle. The setup also creates a narrower section at the front of the seat where it meets the tank. Most of all, if you're one of those guys that have to stand on your toes when immobile, this kit is for you. Kent also mentioned that the Drop Seat Kit is going to be available for '96-08 Touring models too, but you will have to do a little cutting and welding to the stock frame.
We contacted FBI and had Alan Fawcett and Chris Taylor perform the installation. Follow along as we drop the seat on an '09 Street Glide.
The main objective was to replace the stock rear frame section with the FBI subframe.
Chris unhooked the ECM from the main harness, lifted the plastic battery cover out of
Alan unplugged the plug wires, then removed the ignition coil.
The fuse block was then taken out of its stock fuse box (arrow). Later it was placed
The stock battery box was removed to make room for the new subframe, and then Alan lo
The stock subframe bolts were removed from the rear frame section and the stock rear
By Jordan Mastagni, Toph Bocchiaro
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