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I need to remove the seat to access the battery for charging.what size wrench do I need to remove the bolt under the rear fender? '03 883 custom.
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Should not be a nut under there.
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Think it is a 3/16 Allen for the seat bolt, but that seems to be missing in post one of this thread

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Movable nut the fender only if added post factory. The factory nut is welded to the fender.
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thanks guys,i haven't seen it yet..sportsterdoc i'll let you know what I find.i didn't want to be fumbling around blind under there without a place to start with.
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Mine used a Phillips head, but I changed it to a socket head cap screw between the seat and pillion. Still use the stock Phillips for the back end of pillion. I do forget what size Allen I used.

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thanks guys,i haven't seen it yet..sportsterdoc i'll let you know what I find.i didn't want to be fumbling around blind under there without a place to start with.
You should be able to turn the seat bolt CCW from the top to remove it.
I thought about a longer bolt (1/4-20?) with an added nut to reduce the chance of theft, but never did.

If stock was a Phillips, I changed it to Allen, with a L wrench available for access.
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if you just have a hole there after removing, i have seen two ways to ease the pain.
1. pop-a-thread insert
2. nylon license plate insert.

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The nut under the fender should be welded on. Just unscrew the top bolt.
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thanks again.i meant to stop by there on my way home from work today but last minute route change due to construction screwed that up.last weekend I hauled the bike from my dads home in Delaware to his farm in PA. near me.he passed on in the spring and my mother thought I should have it.much to learn.
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seat is off.phillips head screw like John Harper mentioned.my problem was it was hidden by a sissy bar pad in the front and a leather tool pouch behind the sissy bar. looks like I can charge the battery without removing it.the battery could probably start the bike if the headlight wouldn't be on when I turn the key on. I don't have a size on the screw yet.thanks to all.
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