VStrom Stealth® Backrest Installation

We have designed the Suzuki VStrom Stealth® Backrest to be a very easy install. Basically.. (4) screws secure our bracket to the factory rack

Warranty Pirates' Lair will replace the bracket or internal hardware FREE of CHARGE for a period of ONE YEAR from date of purchase should your bracket or internal pieces break. As of this writing, I would assume that the good people at Sargent Cycle will warranty the upholstery portion as well. Questions? 828.628.7093 EST


(1) Suzuki VStrom Stealth® Bracket
(1) Upholstered Backrest
(4) locking nuts, washers
(1) Plastic quick release securing knob (with optional short 1/4" securing screw)
(3) Plastic hole plugs / (1) is a spare
(1) Install instructions

Step 1 : Getting Started / Install

1. Remove your seat. Most can do this install without removing the side panels.
2. Remove the factory rack. I think there are 4 screws holding it on. Try NOT to lose all the factory screws. You will use them for reassembly. Remember where they go!!
3. With your factory rack over a soft surface as not to scratch it, remove the rubber rack cover. On some bikes this piece is simply stuck in place via the rubber protrusions pushed into the 4 holes. On some VStroms, this rubber piece actually has been glued into place. We found it easiest to spray some silicon or WD-40 on the backside of these protrusions and push them through with a philips head screw driver.

Step 2: VStrom Stealth Bracket Installation

Note: I'll leave it up to you, but I would recommend using a drop of Blue LOCK-TITE on the screws you are about to install. The Stealth Bracket is designed to remain on the bike semi-permanently.

1. Place the Stealth bracket on the rear rack. Flip it over (again on a soft surface as not to scratch something) and install the washers and 4 nuts. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. Just use common sense. Snug and a 1/4 turn should do.

2. Reinstall the factory rack.. Install the (2) furnished plastic hole plugs. If you can't push them in with your thumb, just tap them in with a rubber hammer.

Step 3: Backrest Usage

1. Slide the backrest all the way in.
2. Lock it in place with your furnished securing screw or quick release knob..
3. Reinstall seat
Only one screw is needed to secure the backrest to the bike

WARNING: Caution should be used when sliding the backrest on and off the bike. If your seat is in place, the abrasive action of the slide bar against the seat material will cause long term damage. Always place something between your seat and slide bar when installing or removing. Se comprende? Pirates' Lair will not be responsible for replacing seats that have been damaged due to the neglect on "your" end.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the backrest you are agreeing to install and use on your Susuki Vstrom has not been tested under EVERY conceivable condition. While testing was extensive, all road testing was done with passengers weighing UNDER 180lbs. If you are in excess of this weight, we suggest you either return the backrest or diet. Every effort has been made to design a sturdy and durable product, but at this time.. there are numerous "real-world" variables that may or may not cause possible injury to passenger or rider or both. Please be aware that you are hereby forewarned as to these "variables" and by proceeding with the installation of said backrest, you are in effect waiving all legal recourse /rights in the even of accident caused by.. or damage inflicted upon..or contributed to... by the Stealth backrest. In no case will Jerry (a.k.a. Pirate) Finley, Pirates' Lair or any other of the contributing participants be held liable for injury or damage (consequential or otherwise) resulting from or arising out of usage of the Stealth backrest by you or your passengers. The reader should recognize that motorcycling is a dangerous activity that can result in injury or death. You are hereby notified that, should you decide to proceed, you do so at your own risk. If you do NOT agree with all aspects of this disclaimer... please return the backrest and I'll gladly refund the entire purchase price (excluding shipping)

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