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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Should there be a gap between fairing on my Rushmore RGS?

Anyone have a gap between their inner fairing and the top air vent assembly (part the windshield screws into) on their 2015-2016 road glides? I took my fairing apart yesterday to install some vent screens and did not take notice if this gap was there before I started. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get it to fully seat into the inner fairing. It is pretty uniform at about 1/8" all across the top, but it seems like it would be bad if water got in there.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a shot from the right side on top
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I'm having a hard time trying to see in the pics where on the fairing/vent area you're speaking of, but just wondering, does the gap close up when you put the shield on & tighten up all the screws? I can't really tell on mine if there's a gap because the windshield is on, but IIRC, there is a slight gap between the two. Maybe pull your fairing back off & make sure there's nothing out of place under there that might be holding it from closing that gap up a bit more.
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Here is a wider shot of where I am talking about.
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From the pictures it looks like the windshield is not installed. Should close when windshield is fully installed. If it doesn't I would take fairing off & reinstall.
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It'll tighten up when you screw down the windshield. Don't over torque the screws. Snug, not tight.
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There's no problem. Mine's exactly the same. Fits a little more flush (still a small space) above the radio/below the opening of top vent, then gradually tapers to more space (about what your picture shows) on the sides, moving from the center of top vent towards the outer part (towards edge of windshield) of the fairing. I've never had my fairing off.


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Thanks guys, my new windshield should be here on Tuesday so I will report back after I get it installed and properly torqued down.


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I am glad you posted this. I noticed the EXACT same thing when I installed a Hogtunes amp. I thought maybe the amp, or my wires, were somehow getting in the way and stopping it from closing correctly. I took it apart a couple of times to see if the gap would go away, and it didn't. Like you, I did not notice it before I took the fairing off. I thought I had something misaligned, but after seeing your post I guess it is a factory defect in alignment (at least on our two bikes).

I can get mine to squeeze together, but as soon as I let off pressure, it goes back to the small gap. I had a thought to use a velcro strap on both pieces (from the inside) to hold it together - maybe if I have a need to take the fairing off again I will see if that works.
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I can get mine to squeeze together, but as soon as I let off pressure, it goes back to the small gap.
Yep, this is the same with me. I installed my windshield and the gap remains there. It sort of has me freaked out about getting water down inside the fairing where all the electronics are. I know these bikes aren't sealed up SUPER tight, but I doubt having large gaping openings is going to help any. Maybe I'm just stressing over nothing.


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