Filler panels

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  1. Bu11

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    Do any of you have the filler panels on your Challenger? The ones that go between the saddlebags and the fender. I was told the detachable passenger backrest would still fit, but when I went to put it on yesterday it did not. It seems the spools have a gray plastic bushing around them that is too large for the backrest to fit over. But, it also looks like the bushing would slide into a hole in the fender exposing the steel post. Am I thinking right or is it just wishful thinking. Am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks for your help,
    Bull
     
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    @Bu11

    I can not help you since I don't have a challenger, but I bet some smart person will be along soon.

    What do you think of your Challenger? Made any mods, other than the filler panels?

    What part of Kansas do you hail from?

    I am in South Central KS.....

    Sorry for all the questions, but inquiring minds, you know?

    4T
     
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    In order to put the backrest on the bike you will need the spool covers. Those black plastic thing. They help the backrest go on snug so they won’t shake. Now make sure you got the right backrest. People have made the mistake of buying the one for the vintage. I believe the challenger uses the one for the chieftain-Springfield. To put the backrest on you must remove the filler panel. I think you did that though
     
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    Same with the ChiefGlide(s).
     
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    I live West of the Kansas speedway. As for the Challenger, it's a real hoot to ride! I have the stage one with Rinehart slip on exaust. I added extra running / Turn signals along with an extra break light/Turn signals. I've added a long ride windshield. I removed the plastic lower shields from the saddlebags. I plan to replace the seat as soon as Ultimate Seats comes out with one.
     
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    The backrest was installed at the dealership when I picked up the bike new. A few weeks later I took it back and had the filler panels installed by the dealer. I bought the bike in December and the fillers in January, I tried the backrest for the first time a few days ago and discovered this issue. I don't thing they have the correct spools of bushings.
     
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    They must have change something to install the filler panels If the backrest was good from the dealership
     
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    I'm with you. The rear subframe is exactly the same as the Chieftain- EXACTLY. All quick-detach accessories work between Chieftain/Roadmaster/Challenger.
    So unless there's a new set of fillers that have come out in the last couple months, I'm not in on this. I could send you mine and they'd fit perfectly, but you'd have to remove them to put your back rest on, as they clip on to the spools.
     
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    I don't have the filler panels but I did get the quick detach passenger back rest. It takes a little bit of effort to get it on back spools w/o panels
     
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    Ok here's the latest. The backrest was the wrong one. Ok you gotta follow this, the dark horse doesn't normally come with the filler panels, mine were an add on. When they were installed they required new spools which then made the "Challenger " back rest not fit. As it turned out the Chieftain back rest is what I needed to fit the spool combo I had. So all is good, my dealer just swapped them out. I knew I wasn't crazy when I said it didn't fit. I have an awesome dealer to work with thanks to the guys at KC Power Sports in Olathe.
     
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    I don't know how we got here from where we started [I'm easily confused], but I'm glad you got it worked out.

    Enjoy that bike.
     
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    Enjoy that bike and dealership. I have been in that place a few times, and they always make me feel welcome.

    I live closer to Wichita....just for reference. Thanks for sharing your info.

    Be safe.

    4T
     
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    Please send photos/video of your added lights and the bags without the plastic shields. Thanks
     
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    The front lights are also turn signals. The rear light is a running light, as well as turn signals and break light.
     
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    Looks awesome! How do the plastic protectors remove from the bags?

    Thanks again for sharing.
     
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    The filler panels does give it a nice look .. But is a choice for the Rider to decide if think the look is worth the cost ..
     
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    I used my wife's hair dryer, heat it up and peel/pull them off. Then the work begins, I used Goo Gone to remove the tape. But I've heard WD-40 works as well. It took about an hour per bag. Good luck and make sure you post a picture.
     
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    It looks great Bull. Definitely would be my choice.
     

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