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post #1 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Hidden Fairing Damage

I have found a small problem that will effect most of you.

It appears that the inside of the outer fairing rubs on the bracket that holds the radio in place.

This will eventually rub all the way through the outer fairing. Mine has 20K miles on it and it has already broken through.

The damage is from the inside and hidden below the windshield trim so it is not seen from the outside till to late.

See attached photo to see what I am talking about.
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post #2 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 11:12 PM
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Time to junk the stock stereo!!! Have had two friends with problems associated with the way the fasteners secure into the side of the stereo... screws into the side of the stereo making contact with the internals.

anyways, maybe put an adhesive-backed thin rubber vibration isolation mat between the deck and the fairing and also use a dremel to take down the clearances of the bracket/housing of the deck?

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I don't think this affects my 98 but when I first heard of it I sliced open some vacuum hose and ran it the length of the bracket to protect it just in case.

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JB Weld

I found the wear when I had my outer fairing off to facilitate installation of the J&M upgraded speakers. I mixed up some JB Weld epoxy to fill in the holes. I used JB Weld because it has steel in it. That was 5000 miles ago, don't know how well the stuff is resisting the wear/tear.
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Next time I take my outer fairing off I'm going to take a peek at that. I sure didn't notice anything the last time but I wasn't looking for it. Thanks for the info.

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I read about it on another forum and noticed it on mine when I installed the JM amp. I just put some thin insulation tape around the edges to eliminate the sharp corners. If I recall correctly, someone took theirs to a dealer and that's all they did, too.

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This problem was discussed last year; let me see if I can find the post.

Here it is - https://roadglide.org/showthread.php?...hlight=fairing

I just took a cutting wheel and rounded off the corner of the radio bracket - I'll be taking the fairing off next month for mods and checking how removing the corners worked.

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post #8 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-06-2010, 10:29 PM
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This problem has been going on for at least 5 years that I know of. I don't know anyone anymore who still has a Tour Glide but it might go back that far. For sure any Road Glide out there that was made in the last 5 or 6 years has the problem. Very few riders are aware of the problem because most don't ever take off their outer fairing. The truth is most of the technicians at the dealerships never find it either because unless you look pretty hard in the rights spot it is hard to see. I found mine at 5000 miles and mentioned it to the dealer. He asked if it had rubbed through the fairing yet. I said "No, but it will". He told me to watch it. I told them again at 20,000 miles that it was about to wear through. Again, "Watch it and if it breaks through while you are in warranty we will order a new fairing. Two weeks before my warranty was to run out I told them it had wore through on one side. "Bring it in and we will look at it". I did and they ordered a new outer fairing. It took about 7 weeks for the factory to paint it and send it out. The most outstanding thing about this whole thing is that when they put the new fairing on they did not address the problem with the radio bracket at all. I asked them about it and was told it was not hitting when we put the new one on, so they didn't trim the radio bracket down. After a couple of weeks of riding with the new outer fairing on I pulled it just to have a look see. It was wearing just like the old one. At this point I just took a disk grinder and took about 1/4" off the top of the entire radio bracket, painted it black and covered that with some rubber hose. Problem solved., but nobody should have to do this. I read on a Harley techincal bulletin that the radio bracket has finally been cut down on the 2011 models. Not bad HD, it only took you at least 5 years to fix what should have been fixed the first year. Kind of like those worthless ambient air temp gauges that they have been putting on new bikes for years.

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post #9 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-10-2010, 08:08 PM
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Fairing fix

I know of three with the same problem. My 'o6 my wife's '07 and my buddy's '04. we ended up placing a spit piece of vinyl tubing over the bracket. On mine it was really bad. we wet the area inside the fairing where it was rubbing through and applied Gorilla Glue. Once it expanded and dried I sanded it down and poof... Good as new. Never thought it would work but it did. Turns out to be an old trick my friend (who services R.V's) uses to fix fiberglass panels that rub through in the engine compartment on Motor homes.

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post #10 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 10:07 AM
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Haven't noticed this wear spot on my 2000 RGSE, but wasn't really looking. Will check when I pull the outer off to check some J&M audio connections.

and those ambient air guages, wonder whose bright idea that was. Had an oil temp guage on my 89 Tour Glide, and now I have up-graded my 2000 to an oil temp guage kit from HD.


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