Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard & Soft Lowers Install (Intro)

Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard and Soft Lowers Install

The engine guard and soft lowers add a nostalgic look to this Slim.

By Steve Lita/Photos by Tricia Szulewski

Adding some Softail Slim protectors

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a brand-new 2016 Softail Slim S this year, and we just couldn’t leave well enough alone. The Slim has a nostalgic look and feel with its wire spoke wheels and Hollywood handlebar. And since our Slim came in the Olive Gold Denim paint scheme, with the military-grade lettering and star on the tank, we thought it would be fun to militarize it a bit more by adding a Harley-Davidson Black Engine Guard (#49023-02A/$214.95) and Soft Lower Kit (#57100213/$109.95), giving it even more of a vintage Army bike look.

H-D Softail Slime Engine Guard and Soft Lower Kit

First remove the clutch hose clip on the front frame tube with a T20 Torx wrench to allow some slack in the line.

There’s a chrome version of this engine bar available, but we opted for the gloss black, to match almost everything else on this Slim. The install was a quick and easy, three bolts, and since it’s a Genuine Harley-Davidson accessory, you know it’ll fit well right out of the box.

Softail Slim Engine Guard install

Install a bolt, washer, and locknut where the lower engine guard mounting point meets the floorboard mounting bracket on both sides of the bike. Tighten to 33 ft-lbs. with a T40 Torx wrench and 9/16” wrench.

We have more in store for this Slim, like a sprung leather solo seat, and old-time driving lights. Watch for more installs in American Iron Magazine and our sister publication, American Iron Garage. AIM

Harley Softail Slim soft lowers install

Install the soft lowers onto the engine guard with the logo facing forward.

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SOURCES

Harley-Davidson Genuine Parts

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