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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-02-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Inner fairing trim (edging) comparison

I picked up some U-Shaped style door edge trim (Cowles Products) from NAPA Auto (Part number 730-1895) to compare to the OEM Inner Fairing Trim (58359-98 (side edges) and 64256-98 (top center edge).

Both channel material has adhesive pre-applied.

Here are photos that may help you decide between these two products for your RG:
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My conclusion is mixed. I believe either trim material would work well in this application and there is no advantage to the Cowles Products trim other than it is less expensive (approximately 1/2 cost and you would need two packages to replace all three edge trims).
The Cowles Products trim is a little thicker than the OEM material and ma enlarge the gap between the inner and outer fairing at the top 10:00 o'clock and 2:00 o'clock positions.




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It is too damned cold to work in the garage (-10° here in Montana) so I am finishing up details on the newly painted inner fairing. Mated it up with the outer fairing to check gap between the two to decide which edge trim to use.

There is a 'designed in' gap to allow for the factory trim. When the 6 mating screws are tight, there is a smaller gap than in other places, but definitely a gap exists.

I think I will still use the OEM edge trim when reassembled....






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Looks like the interference is caused by the inner fairing screw housings that hold it to the outer fairing and the height of the channel trim. I am undertaking the same task when parts come back from painter using Auto product and grinding or filing off the interference / contacting surface of the trim so the channel fits snug around the screw housing. The OEM product's channel is shallow and does not contact the screw housings which allows a better fit. I will be using the OEM product to protect the Audio housing box from both inner and outer faring as the square channel fits the audio box perfect. Thanks for the pics and post! Good luck with your mods.

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Looks like the interference is caused by the inner fairing screw housings that hold it to the outer fairing and the height of the channel trim. I am undertaking the same task when parts come back from painter using Auto product and grinding or filing off the interference / contacting surface of the trim so the channel fits snug around the screw housing. The OEM product's channel is shallow and does not contact the screw housings which allows a better fit. I will be using the OEM product to protect the Audio housing box from both inner and outer faring as the square channel fits the audio box perfect. Thanks for the pics and post! Good luck with your mods.
Yes, l suppose I could mod the stand off height of the screw posts for more snug fit. I'll fit the two fairings together again to check the gap with the OEM edging on. I have the OEM edging on now and like it's minimalistic effect.
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A little gap still exists where edging is not attached. These areas on both sides of the fairing are hidden by the windshield, and that is OK. I am not fanatical about this fit as this is not a show bike that will get that closely scrutinized (no, not an excuse for 'fixing' it...). The fairing shells may also get a little 'pushed' or 'pulled' from the lower attach brackets at the engine guard that would influence the top gaps. Whatever. I'll go with this.






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The gaps you refer to are influenced by the tabs in the inner fairing in relation to the tabs on the outer fairing. I don't see that referred to in your write up. I have been using the automotive trim for 2 years and do not have the gaps you show.

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Fairing in that pictures appear to be installed wrong not seat correctly.
Seating it in correcly seems to be a hit or miss I went throught that with my 07 I though I had it all lined up had a gap like that did it over got it seated right gap was gone.
I use a cheap auto trim on my 2013 seems to work just fine.




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Agreed with FastStan and Smitty901 - looks like the inner and outer fairings are not aligned properly. Working in the cold with Plastic sucks! Wait until it warms up and if some adjusting, removal and reinstall you should be able to get it to factory snug. Made it to 23 here today. I am waiting until March and 50's or 60's before I put mine back together as I don't have a garage heater. Too damn cold!

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The gaps you refer to are influenced by the tabs in the inner fairing in relation to the tabs on the outer fairing. I don't see that referred to in your write up. I have been using the automotive trim for 2 years and do not have the gaps you show.
I did not have any gaps with or without the edge trim along the area where the inner and outer fairings mate with the tabs. They were meshed correctly with each other when I joined the two fairings. Believe me, I know how difficult it is to get these right... or wrong! Some of the gaps in previous photos are where there is NO factory edge trim applied.
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Agreed with FastStan and Smitty901 - looks like the inner and outer fairings are not aligned properly. Working in the cold with Plastic sucks! Wait until it warms up and if some adjusting, removal and reinstall you should be able to get it to factory snug. Made it to 23 here today. I am waiting until March and 50's or 60's before I put mine back together as I don't have a garage heater. Too damn cold!
Well I'm not working in the garage where it's about 10 degrees below zero, I am working with the fairings in the house in my workshop.

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