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Harley deluxe fender bib

  • Postie
    Postie
    26 days ago
    Just brought a fender bib from HD dealer pt 52018-18
    The bib doesn't cover the plastic fender protector. Can any one tell me if the plastic protector is genuine equipment?
    Thanks. 
  • Far Canal
    Far Canal
    26 days ago
    Hi Postie, I would say the plastic fender protector is genuine equipment. My 2008 FXST has the exact same stuff under the seat.
    I am curious to know why you would buy a fender bib to go behind your solo seat, what are you anticipating it is going to protect that area from?.
  • steelo
    steelo
    26 days ago
    Not to protect it. To cover up the protective coating. Which is there to protect the paintwork under the seat. Always looks shit after a couple years
  • Postie
    Postie
    26 days ago
    Thanks. 
    I was under the impression that the fender bib would cover the ugly plastic bit as i like the look of a solo bike. I have a sidecar on the bike sometimes and will use the pillion seat then to take 3 people. If it's genuine why would they sell a genuine bib that doesn't cover. Over twice the price of an after market one. 
  • steelo
    steelo
    26 days ago
    You could trace around the bib postie and carefully cut the excess off. Some good quality polishing compound will see the paint underneath come up nice. That way you get the benefit of both.
  • Postie
    Postie
    26 days ago
    Quoting steelo on 10 Nov 2021 10:16 AM

    You could trace around the bib postie and carefully cut the excess off. Some good quality polishing compound will see the paint underneath come up nice. That way you get the benefit of both.

    Thanks
    I thought of that but then when I use the pillion seat it will then damage the fender paint. It's very complicated to repair the paint as not only is it two tone there is a gold and a blue pinstriping. I'm thinking I will get a bib that covers properly.
  • steelo
    steelo
    26 days ago
    Only looking at 3/4 inch. Glue some protective plastic / old exercise mat / cutting board from the missus to the bottom of the seat
  • Postie
    Postie
    26 days ago
    Quoting steelo on 10 Nov 2021 10:29 AM

    Only looking at 3/4 inch. Glue some protective plastic / old exercise mat / cutting board from the missus to the bottom of the seat

    Thanks
    The reason the plastic works is it's stuck to the fender preventing the rubbing that does the damage. I'll get a bib the correct size.
  • steelo
    steelo
    26 days ago
    I got that. Good luck.
  • FBUser214
    FBUser214
    26 days ago

    Couple of possiblities.
    It appears the two-up seat is a different shape to the bib.
    And the seat would stop short of the fender seat nut with a metal tab that fixes to the seat nut.
    If you want to use the rear seat everything should work if the protective clear patch is the right one and it has been fitted correctly.
    If you run the bib most of the time, get one custom made to fit the patch (could stick a bit of soft felt strip on the underside at the back edge)
    Otherwise not sure how to manage that excess outside the sides of the bib. Would be very, very difficult to trim and remove. I would not attempt it.
    If you could match a seat and bib, I would consider removing the existing protective patch and placing another one.
    There has been some discussion on here about that previously but nobody came up with a 'best' method.
    I made my own clear patch and fixed it in place. Piece of cake.
  • tussuck
    tussuck
    25 days ago
    Just send the little fucker back.  I mean if it’s touted as being the correct one for your bike and is a chit fit then screw them they can have the pos back.
  • Postie
    Postie
    25 days ago
    Spoke to my dealer who's instant response was just return it. He then checked and it's the only one they do. Got a local leather guy in Hahndorf who did an excellent job on a sportster seat so he's the best solution I think.
  • Far Canal
    Far Canal
    25 days ago
    Quoting Postie on 11 Nov 2021 06:20 AM

    Spoke to my dealer who's instant response was just return it. He then checked and it's the only one they do. Got a local leather guy in Hahndorf who did an excellent job on a sportster seat so he's the best solution I think.

    That is good news Postie.
    Gives ya the shits when you buy the proper bit and it is not up to the job.
    Well done to your dealer!, reckon there would be "others" who are not so easy going.