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So True, thank you so much for your time & help!!

& thanks to SportyTrace for the pictures as soon as I saw that nut I knew the rest!!
I think if it comes loose again I'll remove and put a star washer in there to hold it better.
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Now I have tightened the indicator up to the chrome fender mount cover, but the last torx head bolt the one right at end of cover will not line up with that bracket that is inside the Gard and has the threaded hole for last two torx bolts that are each side and just behind the indicators. hope someone can advice how to line thread up.
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I normally start each bolt/screw without tighten them so that you can shift all the parts back & forth to get every screw in place (not this cover specific, but in general)... Then start & tighten each one, in a particular sequence if that's called for...

When you have more than two items being aligned across more than two holes, it is critical to do this or something is always skewed or warped...

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I normally start each bolt/screw without tighten them so that you can shift all the parts back & forth to get every screw in place (not this cover specific, but in general)... Then start & tighten each one, in a particular sequence if that's called for...

When you have more than two items being aligned across more than two holes, it is critical to do this or something is always skewed or warped...

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thanks for that, I would normally do it that way myself .
I only had to tighten the left side indicator, as I do regular checks on everything & the indicator was not right, I knew I needed to tighten or would give me trouble down the road.
so right side all still in place and tight just removed the two shocks to drop rear wheel make job easier. as doing this from a trolly jack in my garage ( everything low ) hard to see. as using reading glass's, with head tilted, I loosed the last torx head on right side as the two last torx head bolts share a common bracket that also is the thread that holds both sides. I still had everything loose on left side, but that was the last bolt I put in so , I think I will remove all left side bolts & try and put that one in first. ( fingers crossed.) I want to go for a ride too.
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well all sweet now, the thick metal braket, that is painted black & supports tail light and Gard and has the thread for holding the last two torx head bolts. was what gave me trouble. the tread got out of line with the hole. had to take other torx head bolt on other side out. got it lined up and everything fell together as it should. I was lucky there was no damage to thread to indicator. once I got the chrome cover off and used a long 5/8 " socket, I got it tight.
I fired her up turned on both indicators and checked brake light to the middle tail light worked & all sweet. this 03 rigid sporty a really good model. I've been impressed with everything I've worked on how everything fits & so on. it is a better bike than the 01 twin cam dynasty I bought new. handles better too and with the 88" motor it performs well on the street.
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Glad to see you got it resolved now - I love the compactness of my '94 solid mount...

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I love the Sporty for the compactness too, I fit this bike well too, the mid controls to the seat and the flat track bars it had when I bought it, all suit me fine. I know everyone thinks differently. but for me this is what I want!! if I was asked what would I like for a second bike , a second Sporty!!

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Had the same problem with mine. Pretty much did the same.

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Had the same problem with mine. Pretty much did the same.

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Good to know I'm not alone!!

Hey are you in Australia too?

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