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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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No more well nuts!!!

I finally got tired of my windshield vibrating and rattling at idle and really leaning back toward me at speed. I have an anniversary 14" HD shield mounted with the HD Road glide chrome trim piece. I decided this afternoon to do something about it.

I searched the forum for different ideas and decided that none of them actually took into account the chrome trim. So, I pulled the windshield and outer fairing with the intention to just wing it.

Once I had everything off, I looked at it for a few minutes and thought that I could use the mounting studs from the chrome trim kit and just add a couple of washers and some lock nuts. It worked great!

I used 5 3/16x1" flat washers on the outside of the windshield and 5 3/16x1/2" flat washers on the inside of the fairing with the nylon lock nuts. I hard mounted the windshield before returning it to its proper place on the front of the bike. Then I just reinstalled my chrome trim. It's amazing the difference it made getting rid of those awful well nuts. I'll post pics as I complete the project.
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Funny......a buddy & I have been kicking around idea on how to mount the shields without well nuts for a while now.........First thoughts were similar to what you've done but we're still wanting to make it an option to be able to change the shield without removing the outter to do it........Got busy & side-barred the thought.....maybe we need to get back to busy!! LOL!!!!

Nice job though!!!! I too despise those well nuts!


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Jetman, there are several threads on the forum about mounting the shield without the well nuts. There is one in particular that comes to mind that does allow for changing the windshield without removing the fairing. The method used something like an ARP carburetor stud hard mounted to the fairing and then you just mount the windshield using acorn nuts or threaded spikes. It look really good but since I have the chrome trim it was not an option for me.

I like the idea of not having to remove the fairing to change the windshield, but that will take a bit of engineering with the trim in place. I'm still working on it though.
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You could use a metal well nut which when installed crushes to form a permanent nut in the hole

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That's a good idea Jay. Where would you find something like that?
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I wonder if you could use a speed nut and then a neoprene washer between the speed nut and the windshield to prevent rubbing........
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That's a good idea Jay. Where would you find something like that?
I'll ask my bother in law, he had used them in truck repair and on his fairing he put on his heritage.

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To begin with the windshield trim cause paint damage to the outer fairing over time so you may want to reconsider using the trim. It cost me $350 to repaint my outer fairing because of the damage caused by the windshield trim.
If you do a search you will find that you can mount the RG windshield without wellnuts and this is how I did it. https://www.roadglide.org/showthread....hield+wellnuts


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Brother in law said NAPA for the metal well nuts

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Thanks for the input Ironmark. Your post was actually the one that I was thinking about when I posted earlier. I appreciate your insight on the trim, but it works for me and it is my bike so I will take the chance. It's been on the bike since it was new and I have no sign of paint damage. Maybe you just had yours installed incorrectly.

Ironmark's solution is pretty cool though if you want to have the option of a quick change on the shield. With his mounting points just pulle the 5 nuts and change the shield. It should be a 5 minute job.
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