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changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:10 pm



Hey all
Got a question how hard and costly would it be to take the front fairing off of a 1982 Goldwing aspacade and the bags off the rear. what all would I need to change this all over, I know I shouldn't do this but I just don't like all this. I guess what I am wanting to do is something like a bobber. and would it lighten it up some as far as the weight. I know this stuff is fiberglass so I don't think it would make it any lighter but I just have to ask.
Thanks for the help Phillip



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Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:01 pm

at one time i thought about doing the same thing with my 83 aspy, but when i started looking at what it would need to replace some parts, the cost started adding up. don't be fooled by the fairing, it weighs almost 90lbs, and the saddlebags are about 20lbs each. you will also have to remove the steering weight that's on the forks behind the fairing after you remove the fairing. you would have to get new signal lights for the front and rear, a headlight bucket and bucket ears to mount the new headlight to the front forks along with new signals that attach to the front forks and onto the frame in the back above the fender. your best bet is to find a pic of a Goldwing standard to get an idea of what's involved. most of the wires from the signals and headlight you can reuse to tie into your new signals and headlight. you might need to change out your air shocks for "stubbies" if your looking to lower it in the back, also another seat and a stop/tail/license plate holder.

here's a couple of Goldwing pics. you might get an idea of what your bike will look like when its finished. first pic is a bobber and the 2nd pic is a café racer. personally, i like the café racer better than the bobber.

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:19 pm

Ok thank you roadwanderer2.
I kinda knew it might get costley that is why I was asking but I never knew that that fairing weighted that much lol. But sounds like a lot of work involved. But I like both of them bikes they look very good. I might get some prices just to see what it would come up to. Thank so much for the reply. Hope you have a great evening
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Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:51 pm

Hey whiteeagle, if you send me a pvt message, i might be able to give you some links to where you can find all the parts you'll need to do it. that way you'll have a better idea of what the cost involved will be.

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby spiralout » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:04 pm

It would be very hard and costly ;) Sell the bike to someone who appreciates classic goldwings for what they are and get something else to chop up, in my opinion. Now, if you're going to to remake it in to year correct Standard, that's another thing all together. Brings a tear to my eye every time I see an old goldwing with the no rear fender and the rear of the frame cut off :cry:

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:31 am

I am sorry didn't mean to offend anyone. Was not going to chop it up just remove the fairing. I do appreciate the goldwings they are beautiful machines but were I live it is a lot of mountians and very curved roads so I was going to try to make it more compact. I have tryed to sell it but everone says it to heavy for what they want. I love my goldwing but I don't ride on interstates I ride old mountain roads and very curvey roads. But thank you for the input
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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:35 am

Hey Stuart I tryed to pm you but it tells me you don't exist lol but I will keep trying lol thanks phillip

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:48 am

on this site, my user name is roadwanderer2, stuart is my real name..... if that's all you want to do to your bike, you would still need to get a new headlight bucket and bucket ears, front turn signals with mounting stems, rear signals with mounting stems, and you would still need to remove the steering weight that's behind the fairing. you would leave the signal wires to tie into the new front and rear signals, and reuse the headlight connector to tie that into your new headlight.

below is 2 pics of a 1982 standard Goldwing. notice where the headlight, front and rear signals are located. you would have to put yours in the same place and get a passenger grab rail for the back of the seat and replace your mirrors. you would be taking off a lot of extra weight by removing the fairing, trunk and saddlebags. let me know if you really want to do this and i'll research the parts you'll need to do it and send you links for them.

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Postby whiteeaglepwl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:51 am

Now that is what I am talking about. That is beauitfull. Love that bike. I will get with you cos that is what I am wanting to do. Thanks a lot Stuart your help is appreciated very much. Phillip

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:58 am

Hey Philip,
not a problem. im sure i can find you all the parts you'll need to do the transformation from your fully dressed wing to a standard wing.

stuart.

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:16 am

Thanks again Stuart for your help

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:54 am

I got a lot of cheap parts "that I'll replace someday when I'm wealthy" from Parts N' More.
Also, if you're looking for inspiration go over to Naked Goldwings (ngwclub.com).

Goldwings are badass rides and stripping them down makes them a lot of fun. Mine's been a very slow process and I will likely never stop working on it, but with every change made or bit of weight dropped it becomes more fun to ride.

Please, pm me about it. I'd love to hear about your progress and share some of my own.

Disclaimer: I know almost nothing. Working on the goldwing has been my schooling. Always looking for folks to join the class.

Happy tooling!
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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby whiteeaglepwl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:13 pm

Thanks Alastair for the input and when I get started I will let you all know. I will put some pics up and let you see it. Thanks again
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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby cowhead8863 » Fri May 22, 2015 7:14 pm

I am new to this forum. I am not sure how to navigate this site correctly, but I hope this forum will help me get my 1982 Interstate back on the road. I dropped my 1982 Interstate, and my OEM fairing got all jacked up. This makes me very sad, but more then anything I want my bike back without that fairing. Problem is I have no idea where to find mounting brackets for my headlight. I want to keep the headlight from the fairing, so I already removed the headlamp from the damaged fairing. I just need to mount it some how though. does anyone know what the tube size is?

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri May 22, 2015 8:03 pm

hi cowhead, first of all, welcome to the best Goldwing site on the web. sorry to hear that you dropped your wing and damaged it. i hope you didn't get hurt....now for the fairing thing. you want to remove it, you cant reuse that stock headlight. you'll need to get another one with a headlight bucket and mounting ears so you can mount it onto your bike. you'll also have to get a set of new/used front signals that can bolt up to the front forks.

here is a photo of what your bike will look like once you put the new headlight and signals on the front.....

there is a "steering weight" that's located just behind the fairing, you'll have to remove that as well. the plug for the headlight you can reuse, the signal wires might be able to be reused because if i remember correctly, they unplug from deep inside the fairing. if not, you'll need to rewire them depending on what type of signals and the wires that are on the signals you get.

if you have any problems finding these parts, let me know and I'd be more than happy to do the research for them and give you the links to them. all of these parts can be found on eBay if you know how and what to look for. i love doing research for bike parts, if you cant find them, i can.

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Postby cowhead8863 » Sat May 23, 2015 10:38 am

I thank you so much for your help. Last night I spent two hours slowly removing the fairing, and the light from the fairing. I did it slowly to preserve all the stock wiring, so that I can use those wires when a install another light. I honestly do not know what parts I will need or how to find them. This project is looking a lot harder then I originally thought. I thought just take the fairing off... find mounting hardware... mount fairing headlight and signal lights... Bike is ready to ride. As for dropping my bike, I just got out of the military bike safety course, and made a mistake into a turn and dropped my Goldwing at 30mph. I was fine (safety gear) but my bike's fairing took a hit. I picked that Goldwing up off the road, let the engine flood out. She fired right up, and I road her home. Now I want her back without that beat up fairing. Thought about replacing the fairing, but it just didn't seem right. I need to ride without it to remind myself that mistakes on motorcycles are costly.

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby alastair.kj » Sat May 23, 2015 11:11 am

I had hoped to reuse my fairing headlight when I removed my fairing, but was sad to find I couldn't. If you're not worried about having top of the line replacement parts, go ahead and check out Parts N More. It's pretty inexpensive and the parts work for me at least until I have the income to go higher scale.
You'll need headlight brackets that will fit around the 41 mm forks.
Lights, blinkers and brackets are all available there.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat May 23, 2015 11:42 am

cowhead8863 wrote:I thank you so much for your help. Last night I spent two hours slowly removing the fairing, and the light from the fairing. I did it slowly to preserve all the stock wiring, so that I can use those wires when a install another light. I honestly do not know what parts I will need or how to find them. This project is looking a lot harder then I originally thought. I thought just take the fairing off... find mounting hardware... mount fairing headlight and signal lights... Bike is ready to ride. As for dropping my bike, I just got out of the military bike safety course, and made a mistake into a turn and dropped my Goldwing at 30mph. I was fine (safety gear) but my bike's fairing took a hit. I picked that Goldwing up off the road, let the engine flood out. She fired right up, and I road her home. Now I want her back without that beat up fairing. Thought about replacing the fairing, but it just didn't seem right. I need to ride without it to remind myself that mistakes on motorcycles are costly.


glad to hear your ok. your very lucky you didn't get seriously hurt, did you also remember to take the steering weight off? that weight has to come off otherwise the front of the bike wont be ballanced..... here is one part that you will need to mount your new headlight...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chrome-Headligh ... 55&vxp=mtr here is the headlight with the bucket....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headlight-Bucke ... 94&vxp=mtr and here are your front signals with the mounting brackets.....http://www.ebay.com/itm/1980-1983-Honda ... 62&vxp=mtr

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Postby cowhead8863 » Sat May 23, 2015 12:41 pm

Ordered all the linked parts. Waiting for parts to arrive in the mail. I will keep you post on the status and hopefully soon I can post pictures of my new Bike :D

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat May 23, 2015 1:14 pm

hey, that's great news cowhead. i look forward to seeing how it turns out. if there's anything else you need let me know and i'll find it for ya. are you going to keep the saddlebags and trunk on it?

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Postby cowhead8863 » Sat May 23, 2015 2:24 pm

Indeed, I will keep the stock bags and trunk. I like the way it looks. I just hope it will be straight forward withe wiring of the lights.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat May 23, 2015 6:16 pm

cowhead8863 wrote:Indeed, I will keep the stock bags and trunk. I like the way it looks. I just hope it will be straight forward withe wiring of the lights.


yeah, the saddlebags and trunk make the bike look larger than it really is, but the fairing,(in my opinion) makes the bike look complete. as far as i can remember, (its been a while since i pulled a g/w fairing apart), the stock signal wires have round male and female ends on them. i don't remember what colors they are, but they run from one side to the other, then both sides run to 2 connectors that are located in all the main wires that are behind the steering wheel weight. maybe someone else here knows what the correct color codes are, but, if you follow the wires that come off the signals, you should be able to find them. the headlight plug is a straight forward connection. you shouldn't have an problems with that.

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Postby cowhead8863 » Mon May 25, 2015 4:05 pm

I went outside to look for that front weight that I will need to remove. I don't see it. I see a plate that says Honda on it, and that Honda plate sits on the forks. Is that the weight I need to take off?

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon May 25, 2015 4:38 pm

are these the parts your talking about?.....

and this part?....


no, the fairing weight should look like this.....

leave that emblem and the bracket for it that says Honda on the forks.

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Re: changeing the fairing???????

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon May 25, 2015 6:59 pm

you might want to think about getting one of these also....

its a brace for the front forks, it keeps the forks tight and in place to prevent some of the front end wobble at low speeds that these older Goldwings are known for. if you need me to find you one, i'll look it up for ya.

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