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Old 06-16-2008, 08:14 PM
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Broken Fairing Mount--Redneck Engineering!!

So, there I am cruising down the road when I notice the left side of my Batwing vibrating more than normal. The image in left mirror is even a little blurry. Now I know I may have been hung over, but the image in the right side mirror looks fine.
I go into denial. Surely nothing my my trusty iron stead has broken. At the next stop, I grab the left top of the Batwing and give it a little shake. Sure enough, it moves more than normal. Damnit!!
I turn around and head back to the CMI. I am only about 12 miles out so no big deal.
I remove the outer fairing and find the problem. The tab at the top of the left side fairing mount has broken off.
Here is the broken tab after I took it off.

Now this bracket is the main mother that is bolted to the front forks and holds on the fairing. Being lazy, I an not going to tear the entire Batwing off the bike to replace this bracket, even if I could find one at Pig Trail HD. I never even called to see, although Big Al could have brought it to me since they were there with Noodles bike. I am not sure you have to take everything off, but that was my initial estimate of the situation and I am sticking to it until I find out otherwise.
I come up with an alternate plan.
I will need a drill, drill bits, 2 "L" brackets and 2 bolts. Off to the CMI office I go, to see if Ray has a drill. But wait, I will also need a ride the hardware store. Out of the corner of my Eye, I spot the AP exiting her room. I ask her if she can give me a ride to the hardware store and, being the sweet lady she is, says it would not be a problem at all.
Well, now that I have a ride, off the office to see about a drill. No Joy. Ray does not have a drill, but he has a friend at a pawn shop that may have one cheap. One quick call, and Ray locates a drill for sale cheap.
Back out to meet the AP and get Ms. Bear so we can go get the drill and parts. We climb into the Caddy and I mention the pawn shop stop for the drill to the AP. The AP was a little hesitant once a pawn shop was mentioned. Not sure what Gray did in the past to warrant the AP's reaction, but she almost seemed skeert to go to the pawn shop but she says okay and off we go.
The AP decides to wait in the car while Ms. Bear and I go in to the pawn shop. They have a $12 electric drill with a keyed chuck and a ratty cord, but it works. Who am I to argue with the price. It came with the key to the chuck so I was doing good.
On the way back, we stop at the hardware store where I get 2 different size drill bits, a four pack of 1 1/2 inch "L" brackets, two 1/4-20x1/2" bolts and nylon lock nuts, and two #10-24x1/2" screws with lock washers and nuts. Total, $9.
After drilling two holes in the fairing bracket and doing a little tweaking on the "L" brackets, this is what I ended up with. Note: Make sure you stuff rags over all the electronic connectors before drilling. It makes a nice metal mess and I see no way to get it all out if you do not catch the filings with a rag.



Since I did one side and Harley's like to break identical parts, I did the right side before it broke.



RedNeck Engineering at its finest. Looks like sh1t, but the Total cost was $21. I left the drill at the CMI for Ray to either fix or take back and pawn again.

I know, Rock would have ridden it to the shop and got it fixed like new, but I do what I can to get me home as cheap as possible. And it got me home just fine.

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Old 06-16-2008, 08:15 PM
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Lookie lookie lookie you you sumbitch!!! That is SWEET!!!!!!!

You do need to pull the clutch cable off, it threads thru the offset of the fairing bracket. If you do not have 3/16" ball allen's you will NOT get the radio screws out. You have to drop your passing lamps, and pull the chrome skirt under the fairing. THEN you can R&R the bracket. Retail at HD is $45.00. You got away for less than half price and will NEVER crack that rat-ass setup again!!!

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But did you have a church key to open up a cold beer while you were working on this fix?
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Lookie lookie lookie you you sumbitch!!! That is SWEET!!!!!!!

You do need to pull the clutch cable off, it threads thru the offset of the fairing bracket. If you do not have 3/16" ball allen's you will NOT get the radio screws out. You have to drop your passing lamps, and pull the chrome skirt under the fairing. THEN you can R&R the bracket. Retail at HD is $45.00. You got away for less than half price and will NEVER crack that rat-ass setup again!!!

MOST EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Geezer, thanks for the details. I knew I would have to take off a lot of stuff to replace it, now I know just how much time and aggravation I saved.

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But did you have a church key to open up a cold beer while you were working on this fix?
I have my Leatherman, it has an opener, so I was covered.

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Most excellent, I got to get one for my inner fairing.

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Before I opened the thread I expected Duct Tape...

...I like your fix, most excellent!!!
Well Duct Tape and Bailing wire was my first thought, but I just could not get it to stop shaking with that fix. Had to upgrade my plan.
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