lower fairing removal ~ answer to the puzzle
I went to the dealership and they walked me through the disassembly process; the lower fairing casings can be removed without taking apart the cooling system (section 6-10 of HD manual shows you how).
The answer to my dilemma was "manufacturer's defect". There are brass "nuts" holding the screws in place. During the manufacturing process, the brass part is heated up, then melted into the plastic fairing where it is supposed to be secure.
Whomever did the 4 on mine did not do them properly and that is why they spin in place when I turn the screws.
If not for the manufacturing defect, would have been an easy 15 minute job to take the fairing covers apart.
If you have a warranty: the dealership breaks the entire lower fairing and you get a replacement.
If you do not have a warranty: drill out the brass piece, substitute the pieces with a nut, bolt, and washer that fits (per the mechanic at the shop)
Mine is under warranty, so I will be getting two new lower fairings....then get to take them to the paint shop.