How to Install Fork Boots on Sportster

Time to install some fork boots to keep the dust and grime out of the innards. These directions are on a 03 Sportster but are similar on most rigid mount Sportys.

Jack up motorcycle with the front tire off the ground.

Remove brake caliper and zip tie it out of the way.

Remove axle nut, washer and lockwasher.

Loosen pinch bolt but do not remove.

Pull wheel off. Be cognizant of where wheel spacer is located.

Remove front fender.

Loosen upper and lower fork bracket pinch bolt and remove fork tube.

Find groove in chrome cap and use a flat screwdriver to gently tap the dust seal off. Do not scratch fork tube.

Slide on fork boot and make sure it covers where the chrome cover sat completely.

Slide fork tube back into bracket, be sure you have about a 1/2″ or 11.7mm of fork sticking out of the fork bracket.

Tighten lower fork bracket pinch bolt to 30 ft lb for 89-03 and 21-27 ft lb for 86-87.

Tighten upper fork bracket pinch bolt to 30 ft lb.

Install wheel and spacer, 95-03, on left side wheel.

Install flat washer, lock washer and nut finger tight.

Tighten axle nut to 55 ft lb for 88-03.

Tighten axle pinch bolt to 21-27 ft lb and reinstall brake caliper.

Repeat for other side.

Sportster Brake Caliper
Sportster Brake Caliper
Sportster Axle Nut
Sportster Axle Nut
Sportster Pinch Bolt
Sportster Pinch Bolt
Remove Front Fender
Remove Front Fender
Upper and Lower Fork Bracket Pinch Bolts
Upper and Lower Fork Bracket Pinch Bolts
Sportster Dust Cap and Boot
Sportster Dust Cap and Boot
Sportster Fork Boot
Sportster Fork Boot
Upper and Lower Fork Bracket Pinch Bolts
Upper and Lower Fork Bracket Pinch Bolts
Sportster Axle Nut
Sportster Axle Nut
Sportster Pinch Bolt
Sportster Pinch Bolt
Sportster With Fork Boots
Sportster With Fork Boots
Tools for fork boot installation
Tools

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