Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate


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Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby MJSantos » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:15 pm



Anybody ever removed the grills to clean them. This girl sat for 19years and the covers a a corrsion film on the chrome. Is it possible to pop them out or are they glued in. The parts manual isn't showing any screws holding them and it's hard to tell how they are attached. Might just have to suck it up and masked the paint and scrub.



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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:42 pm

My 82 Aspencade vents aren't chromed at all...is that something different on 83's, or is it perhaps aftermarket?

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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby MJSantos » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:55 am

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You can see this side, below the headlight and to the left. Small triangular grill.

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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:43 am

Ah, now I know what you're talking about. Mine are (mostly) painted black, except for some parts around the edges where the paint has flaked a bit:



If you look at the top left of this picture, you can see it:



These are the inlets for the fairing vents. I did a Google Image search for GL1100 fairings, and found that most either look like mine (black, flat, round holes) or with black vanes, like this one:



So I'm going to guess that your chrome ones are aftermarket - which is probably good news, as it means they come out - somehow. That doesn't help much with your original question, of course. :)
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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby rartmayer » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:22 pm

On my 83 Aspencade, the chrome pieces in the fairing lowers are secured with a "keeper" held by two screws. If one loosens the screws, the slotted keeper can be removed and then the chrome inserts will "fall" out. Be careful to notice that, at least with mine, the keeper piece has a beveled edge on one side, so it is designed to fit only one way correctly. The previous owner of my Wing did not know this! :)

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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby rartmayer » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:28 pm

Just realized I was talking about the wrong thing! I think you mean the "grill" for the vents? This is held in by friction. The tabs of the grill are pressed over the rubber tunnel. To remove them, just pull from the side nearest the radiator. I had to remove the nut and bolt that holds the fairing to the frame for clearance. The trick is re-installing. The rubber tunnel wants to push back into the fairing. Be patient, it will go after a few tries.

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Re: Cowl Vent Grills '83 Interstate

Postby MJSantos » Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:58 am

Thanks for the info. I found out about the other ones on the lowers. If the small grills are friction held I might just clean them in place. Something this old could lead to more problems with the rubber. Masking them off and scrubbing with a Scotchbrite will probably bring them back up to shine.




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