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Default Request for recommendations: Sissy Bar for chopped fender

New here and glad to have found a community of Sportster lovers!

I come to you in search of a solution to my conundrum: the combination of my chopped struts and non-rigid frame make for a very difficult time of finding a sissy bar.

When I bought my 2014 Iron 883 (now named Hámundr) I didn't know the chopped fender & struts would be a complication. As this is my first bike, I hope my ignorance can be forgiven.

Pics attached show the situation, and I'll greatly appreciate recommendations for bolt-on solutions and/or fabricators that could help. (I'm in LA if it's relevant, near Culver City.)

I have a few ideas about what could be made and will add diagrams/sketches later.

My primary use will be to strap down light cargo, I.E. backpack, but I do want to be able to rely on it to keep my wife's butt off of the tire, at least while we're on the road.

Thanks in advance for your insights!









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IDK if anything is ready made, but it could be easily fabricated.

Two pieces of channel (u-shaped metal) slid between the fender and frame stubs so the channel catches all of the straight part and is held by the fender bolts. The the sissy bar is welded to the channels.
If the fit is good and snug, the fender bolts should be enough. You could drill through the fame stubs for another bolt if desired.

You could make a sissy bar from round stock, run it along the top of the channel and the bend it up. You could weld an existing sissy bar that has flat bracket sides to the channel.
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Another option would be flat brackets between the fender and frame that catch the shock bolt and fender bolt.
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Heya thanks much for your replies, and especially the images.

My major roadblocks: no welding experience, and no welding gear.

Any thoughts on how to get this done given those two impediments?

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Heya thanks much for your replies, and especially the images.

My major roadblocks: no welding experience, and no welding gear.

Any thoughts on how to get this done given those two impediments?
There have to be dozens of metal fabricators in the LA area, should not be hard to find one.

Here's one in San Pedro, not that far from CC:

https://cali-motorsports-metal-fabri...business.site/


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There have to be dozens of metal fabricators in the LA area, should not be hard to find one.



Here's one in San Pedro, not that far from CC:



https://cali-motorsports-metal-fabri...business.site/





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Thanks John - will contact them. Do you have experience with them personally or did you find from a search?

The only avenue I've thought to pursue was the bike sales / mechanics like Garage Company, and I've been told basically that they don't have open time for something like this for a few months, and/or that the cost would be $400+.

A gut-check says I could probably do better, but I also don't know that I'm not understanding what's involved. (See note above RE: experience)

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Thanks John - will contact them. Do you have experience with them personally or did you find from a search?
Just pulled it up on Google. I know there are some fabricators down here near me in Escondido, but I'm sure you can find someone in LA pretty easily. Maybe try some off road shops, they break stuff all the time.

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Just pulled it up on Google. I know there are some fabricators down here near me in Escondido, but I'm sure you can find someone in LA pretty easily. Maybe try some off road shops, they break stuff all the time.



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Excellent tip - thank you. Will pursue. Happy Thanksgiving, and keep the rubber side down!

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