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Hey Fellas, So it takes a lot to stump me and usually I utilize my resources to find my answers, but I am frustrated and lost now. So I take my front fairing off regularly for upgrades. Bars, stereo, speakers, cruise control.... Right now I am noticing that when I put everything back together there is a noticeable gap in between the fairing pieces. I have made sure it's snug on the mounting hook, I have put the fairing screws together in the right order, but there is still a 1/4 in gap where the windshield would mount and the corners by the speakers. Does anyone have any tricks?

Last note, I have mounted the inner fairing plastic "guides" on the sides outside of the of the outer fairing and even vice versa. You know what I'm talking about? the little plastic biscuits that line up with their sisters on the outer fairing. I still see a gap and the fairing doesn't seem to fit at all. Maybe I got a lemon. I'm really close to taking it to the dealer and spending the 100 in labor just to get them to look at it.

What should I do? Any tricks? I've checked out youtube and all over this forum. Thanks for your time.
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When I've had that issue with either of ours, it's always turned out to be wiring, speakers, etc. Something is just holding it off from seeing properly. When I remedied it, it always fell into place. Zip tie and tuck wiring in as close into the inner as possible. Just a thought.

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I doubt you have a "lemon" if you've taken the fairing on and off several times before and never saw any gap before. I'd pull it off again before you take it to the dealer to make sure there's nothing pinched anywhere and make sure that you are on the hooks

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What he said. ^^^^^ If you had it off before and never had a gap before , then something is holding it up.
What were you working on this time that made you take it off ? That's what I'd be checking.

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What they said . . . so far every time I have had a fitment issue it's been due to some kind of wiring or something I had routed in the way. Definitely agree the fairing is a PITA


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surely you noted the radio bracket!!. corners by the speakers?? ya gottit under pressure. there's always a lil gap by the (top) connecting dash

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Well, I will take a look at the wires and see if that was the problem. I've been wrestling with this issue as long as I have owned it. I would think that if I take the fairing off, if there was something blocking it from fitting right there would be.... Rub marks or something right? Nope, not a thing, but there is water drippings that I see. That worries me. Would the gap at the top be normal and would it let water in?
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Well, I will take a look at the wires and see if that was the problem. I've been wrestling with this issue as long as I have owned it. I would think that if I take the fairing off, if there was something blocking it from fitting right there would be.... Rub marks or something right? Nope, not a thing, but there is water drippings that I see. That worries me. Would the gap at the top be normal and would it let water in?
Fairings are not water proof. Water gets in around headlights. Not going to hurt anything.

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Well, I will take a look at the wires and see if that was the problem. I've been wrestling with this issue as long as I have owned it. I would think that if I take the fairing off, if there was something blocking it from fitting right there would be.... Rub marks or something right? Nope, not a thing, but there is water drippings that I see. That worries me. Would the gap at the top be normal and would it let water in?
Don't worry about water getting inside the fairing. The fairings have never been waterproof and water can find its way in just about anywhere it can like around the headlight bezel for one.
All the electrical connections are water resistant and you should not have any problems if water get inside.
I power wash my bike at the car wash all the time and never had any problems not to mention all those rain storms I rode through and I been doing that since 08.


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Don't worry about water getting inside the fairing. The fairings have never been waterproof and water can find its way in just about anywhere it can like around the headlight bezel for one.
All the electrical connections are water resistant and you should not have any problems if water get inside.
I power wash my bike at the car wash all the time and never had any problems not to mention all those rain storms I rode through and I been doing that since 08.
+1. I always power wash at the car wash. Never an issue for me

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