1981 Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken


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Bill Powell
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1981 Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken

Postby Bill Powell » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:08 pm



Does anyone have a fix for a broken tab on the left and right Lower Cowl's?? The original brackets to hold the cowls in place were missing from my bike. I've tried ordering them from several different web site only toi find out that they were discontinued. My lower left cowl tab is broken off and the right is cracked - almost gone. I was thinking that someone may have made a modification or fix to stop them from flapping in the wind.

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Re: Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken - 1981 GL 1100 I

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:07 pm

Both of mine were broken.A trip to the hardware store provided 2 brackets.About 3/4" X 3".
I drilled a 1/4" hole in the lowest part of the plastic and bent the bracket to fit from there to the frame.
A new black round head bolt and it looks like new.

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Re: Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken - 1981 GL 1100 I

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:43 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Both of mine were broken.A trip to the hardware store provided 2 brackets.About 3/4" X 3".
I drilled a 1/4" hole in the lowest part of the plastic and bent the bracket to fit from there to the frame.
A new black round head bolt and it looks like new.


I have one broken bracket on the lowest part ...
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Re: 1981 Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:09 am

The black ABs pipe cement is good for repairing the cracked one.. I repaired one by making a mold of the tab filling it with body filler grind to shape and attache with abs cement. Note I made it fit better that stock by angling the attachment point closer tot eh bike so there was as much pressure when screwed in place. I have also seen guys use metal tabs..screw one end to the fairing and the other drilled and bolted to the attachment point..not a s pretty but you could do that and then cover with body filler and shape and paint.
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Re: Lower Cowl mounting tabs broken - 1981 GL 1100 I

Postby bcassel » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:23 am

If you are talking about the lower fairing pieces, they are made from ABS plastic. You can easily fabricate new tabs and glue them on the inside of the lowers using ABS cement.

Go to a plastics supply place, I use TAP Plastics here in California, and get some ABS scraps. Get some good gloves and a heat gun.

Now, pattern out the pieces you need on card board and do the forming of the ABS using the heat gun, cut it down to the right size, drill your holes and then glue the piece, overlapping the inside of the lowers, using the ABS cement.

I've repaired holes in my trunk, fixed my fairing and repaired the tabs on the lowers.




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