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Sorry if I sounded snippy, Andy. You did make it clear it was a parts list for a newer bike.
At 66 years old, I hate getting reminded that sometimes taking a bolt out is a lot easier than putting it back in.
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I had to laugh when I read this post. I have a 2003 Anniversary that I removed that same bolt about 8 years ago and have never been able to get it back in either. it is like it wont "grab" any threads. I eventually gave up after trying over a dozen times.....
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Good to know I'm not the only one. I even got a tap set, thinking maybe I could clean out some hardened Loctite, but couldn't even get that to bite. Zip tie it is for now.
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same scenario with my '03.it came with leather saddlebags and a sissy bar with back rest.got the bags off,sissy bar not so easy the turn signal has to come off.so i went to put bolt back in.no threads grabbing.i put a nut on the end of the bolt.tried using the nut with a lock washer,patience expired with that.nut only done deal.
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Is this problem a matter of not being able to compress the parts tightly together to get the bolt started in the threads?

It looks like, because the bolt must be kept inside the nut and not protrude into the fender cavity (see Ted's picture), getting the parts close enough so the bolt only uses a few threads is important.

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Title says it all, except how embarrassing this is.

I found a small luggage rack and back rest. Took a while to find one with the correct bolt hole spacing.

I took the left rear bolt out, and thought just to be sure, put it back in before taking all the others out. Good thing. I can't get it to grab at all. The strut didn't spring away from the fender, so it's not like the bolt is now too short. I never touched the other bolts, but I simply can't get it to thread back in.

I'm not sure if this is the dumbest post yet, but it must be in the running. Has anybody else run into something similar?
Ok, this thread lit a fire with me to finally fix mine that had the same issue as you on my 2003 Sportster Anniversary.

Here is what you have to do:

Remove the seat
Loosen the bolt under the seat that holds the fender fore and aft (not too much)
Place your hand under the rear of the fender where the bolt needs to go and press up to get the hole in the interior fender mount/brace to line up with the hole where the screw needs to thread in. You will need to push up super hard as when you removed the bolt, the "sandwiched" interior and exterior braces shifted and misaligned.

It is a real pain in the ass and I did it solo but you would be better served to have someone with a ratchet screw the bolt in as you use all of your might and both hands to realign everything.

What a pain.....
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Thanks Cubalz. That just might be my weekend project if I can find an extra pair of hands.
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