Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000


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Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby William Ennis » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:57 pm



[color=#000080]I have my forks out and installed my new gaiters. Want to mount my newly acquired Vetter Fairing. Removed Naked bike's headlight bucket assy. Also, want to remove Naked bike's headlight mounting bracket and upper fork tube cover assy. It appears I'll have to remove the upper portion of the Triple Tree to get clearance to pop out the headlight mounting bracket/upper fork tube cover assy. The headlight mounting bracket/tube covers also appear to be 2 pieces spot-welded together. What appeared simple now causes me to question if I should even go this far. Do most guys leave the Naked bike brackets on and plop the Vetter brackets and fairing in place? Is there enough clearance? Am I making this a larger project than is necessary?
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Headlight mounting bracket & fork tube covers
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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby wjnfirearms » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:25 am

Mine are staying. They won't interfere with anything. Yeah, it'd be nice to be able to slip them off and out of the way, but for the amount of work involved in removing them, most leave them be. The instruction manual even shows them being left in place.

If you have the vinyl bag to contain the wiring bundle, the strings are supposed to be tied to the original headlight bracket. I've been trying to find one of those bags without success. Four Windjammers in my possession, but no wiring bags. :cry:
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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby William Ennis » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:01 am

Hmmm. My OCD is trying to kick in. ;)
I did not receive a bag for the wiring bundle. But I am struggling with the desire to clean up the "old" front end. Kind of like the decision to polish the aluminum to a chrome-like luster or just clean it :lol: Thank you for your response.
Bill

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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby portugeezer » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:27 pm

Forgive me if there is something here that I don't understand but.... You should only have to remove the radiator air dams to mount the faring bracket. The whole thing fits over the headlight assembly. It's made that way so you can remove it by unplugging the harness and removing 4 bolts! The bracket clamps onto the frame with hose clamps. I took my burned faring and the mount off and replaced both pieces inside of an hour.

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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby portugeezer » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:30 pm

The pic shows my headlight with the faring over it

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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby William Ennis » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:21 pm

I removed my headlight & bracket/tube cover assy because I want a cleaner look when I bolt on the fairing. I thought the tube covers would be too tight to remove but they wiggled right out. I'm going to slip a set of gaiters over the tubes inside the triple tree. I haven't decided how I will cover the rat's nest of wiring. Thanks for sharing your photo. I'll try to remember to post photos when I'm done.
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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby portugeezer » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:45 am

Just remember that when Honda started making bikes that had the faring on them from the factory they had a weight bolted on where the headlight would go. As for taking off the radiator etc. it does not need to be done. The vetter stuff was added on by the dealer in many cases and was meant to be easy.

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Re: Front End - 1979 Naked GL1000

Postby wjnfirearms » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:09 am

Then maybe I missed something, because I had to remove everything to get the brackets to clear properly. Not doubting your word, PG, but that's what I ended up having to do. I intended to remove the rad anyway to check it out thoroughly.


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