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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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lowers......vent doors loose

I tried to scan the forum looking for a solution.....but couldn't find one.

On my 2012 FLTRU the lowers have the sliding vent doors.......as I recall they had little detents that they would settle in and keep them in various states of open/closed. Well.......they no longer do this and they always seem to migrate to the closed position. With the temps here in East Texas in the upper 90's and the humidity about the same....I thought I needed to fix this......if there is a fix. I've looked at Ronnie's Harley online parts finder and what I see are 2 different serrated nylon washers......black and white. Is this what is worn out?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 12:06 PM
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Or the rubber bushing, but yes that is more then likely the problem. The bolt might be loose too. You might be able to tighten them up.
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i would start with the rubber bushing. take a look at it. is it 'smooshed'? if so, that's probably the extent of your problem. replace it, tighten it up until you like the action, and you should be good.

but, living in the texas heat, which is similar to louisiana heat, another option is to remove the vent completely in the summer. i would take mine off around mar/apr and put them back on nov/dec. it isn't particularly difficult to do and gives you a lot more air flow.
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I just added lowers to mine this past December and while installing speakers I decided to remove the vent doors as I see no need for them personally.


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I just added lowers to mine this past December and while installing speakers I decided to remove the vent doors as I see no need for them personally.


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Lots of places for those doors to go bad. They have a guide slot that rides on a pin. If the slot or pin wear through, the door sags and then self closes. The recess where the wonder material bushings sit in the inner support panel can crack, and then the doors come off of the pins and self close. And the wonder material can just get hard with age and loose the preload need to hold the door open.

The older ones that had coil spring preloaders were a lot better.
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Lots of places for those doors to go bad. They have a guide slot that rides on a pin. If the slot or pin wear through, the door sags and then self closes. The recess where the wonder material bushings sit in the inner support panel can crack, and then the doors come off of the pins and self close. And the wonder material can just get hard with age and loose the preload need to hold the door open.

The older ones that had coil spring preloaders were a lot better.
those 'wonder material' bushings remind me a lot of my old skateboarder days. they look just like the rubbers that you use on the trucks.

as far as the pin wearing, i noticed one year that the slot in the door was 'cutting' the pin, so i built it back up with some jb weld. it held great and had no appreciable wear for several years after that.

i definitely like the action of the new rushmore style doors. but, that catch pin is definitely going to be a weak spot. in fact, mine already broke (not hd, chinese take offs) but i replaced it with a couple of rare earth magnets. seems to hold pretty good.

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i definitely like the action of the new rushmore style doors. but, that catch pin is definitely going to be a weak spot. in fact, mine already broke (not hd, chinese take offs) but i replaced it with a couple of rare earth magnets. seems to hold pretty good.
Those things look a lot like the catches for the fairing doors, and the one on the bat wing fairing for the phone box thing that breaks all the time...LOL

And on a side note, I was at a dealer swap meet over the winter and they had a TON of glove box doors they were selling for next to nothing. Might be worth it to ask if they have any laying around the next time you're at the HD shop. Then you wont have the cheap ass looking knock off ones either.

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Those things look a lot like the catches for the fairing doors, and the one on the bat wing fairing for the phone box thing that breaks all the time...LOL

And on a side note, I was at a dealer swap meet over the winter and they had a TON of glove box doors they were selling for next to nothing. Might be worth it to ask if they have any laying around the next time you're at the HD shop. Then you wont have the cheap ass looking knock off ones either.

That little glove box door latch is a real piece of work.

If your///scratch that.

When your catch breaks, you don't have to pull the fairing. You can drill the center of the catch, then snap the outer part off. Then just push the new one into the hole.
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