HONDA ST1300 PASSENGER INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
This passenger backrest is a very simple design
1. Remove plastic cowl from the rear
2. Place supplied backrest in space where cowl was
3. Attach backrest using supplied bolts and washers (suggest blue loc-tite)
4. That is it Ride Safe!!
I've looked at several back rests and chose this one for the price. I just received it and installed it. As stated in the previous review, the shape of the bottom plate is off. It's a bit too wide at the aft end. A little grinding on the side of the bottom plate and it went on no problem. The nuts that come with the mounting hardware were not the right size. I had to spend a buck and buy the correct size. Overall it isn't bad but I wouldn't have been able to mount it at all if I didn't have a grinder.
Instructions say to remove Honda cover plate and install this instead, but the headrest does not fit into the spot vacated by the cover plate, because the shape does not match. So I mounted the headrest on top of the cover plate instead, which works OK, but will scratch the cover plate. Also, one of the two supplied mounting bolts froze while installing (this was NOT cross threaded) and could not be tightened. Removal required breaking the bolt, so I now need to replace the mounting bolts and repaint the headrest bracket, which i scratched breaking the frozen bolt. The upholstery quality is commensurate with the price but its sturdy. Shipping was fat. I will keep this installed, my wife likes it and the price was right.