Removing GL1500 fairing


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Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby Mag » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:16 pm



Ok, very popular string here until someone jacked it to discuss ads, lol, a good lesson. I need to know....the center fairing on a GL1500, the hex nuts on the left and right under the storage pockets (behind the wires, etc.) is that what holds the center fairing to the frame? I would figure it is more than that, those are the last nuts I can find per the diagrams, but I just want to make sure.

So guess what I am doing this weekend if I am right about those hex nuts. hmmm?



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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:15 pm

I haven't done it before...but from the service manual, it looks fairly simple, definitely easier than the 1100!

Remove the fairing inner covers and air ducts.
Remove the headlight.
Remove the bolt on both sides and solenoid valve bracket.
Disconnect the instrument wire harness connectors.


Remove the fairing inner bolt and nut (each side).


Remove four bolts.
Remove the fairing from the frame.

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby Mag » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:27 pm

I was hoping if someone has actually done it, I have those pics. This is getting to be an involved little project ;) Ok, if no one has actually taken off the fairing, I will be the sacrificial lamb here. I am just concerned because there are a lot of hoses and stuff that goes through the sides and I do not want to make this any worse than it is.....though I was thinking today I could probably sell the bike off piece by piece and make my $$ back :lol:

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby rhinohorn » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:24 pm

will r u sure u want to sale , name the price ,is that the only things wrong so far hehe ,, don't worry it not as hard as u r letting it be , just be-careful .not to lose any nuts or cut any wires and its pretty self explanatory ,just take your time and take your camera .before and ,cam your self will u do it and you will be fine.. and if all else if it don't work out then u can sale it to me for part hehe ,not really ,

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby Mag » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:26 pm

You all would be proud....I was loosening the fairing, and then found if I removed the airvents then I get access to all wiring, plug ins, etc., etc. worked really well. Still do not think I will be riding this season but it gets me to do all the things everyone gaves as ideas. I even found one of hte two subfilters on the right side....brought a smile to my face. And yes, if I can not get it together.....we will see what the next steps are.

Fingers crossed, looking good!!!! Not bad for a guy not a mechanic.

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:57 pm

Yes...I should have mentioned that both air vents and the ducts inside have to be removed first. It's easiest I find to pull the turn signals out, remove the screw holding the air duct in, and remove it, then reach through and remove the vent from the dash from behind, by squeezing the locking tabs together.

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby Mag » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:15 pm

Tabs? What tabs? Locking tabs? Damn, no wonder why it was so difficult to remove the vents. I was able to wiggle them out and a little pulling. Did not bust anything, etc., etc.

Issue I have now is the control harness for the left handlebar is wrapped aroundhte frame and above the fan behind the radiator (listen to me, I am speaking "mechanic", lol). So, do not know if I have to remove that fan to be able to feed those plugs through.

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:54 am

Mag wrote:Tabs? What tabs? Locking tabs? Damn, no wonder why it was so difficult to remove the vents. I was able to wiggle them out and a little pulling. Did not bust anything, etc., etc.


There are four tabs on each vent, two on top and two on bottom:

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The vents become brittle with age, so it's easy to break these things if you try to pry them out from the front. That's why it's much easier (and safer!) to reach in from behind, depress the tabs with your fingers, and then pull it out from the front.

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Re: Removing GL1500 fairing

Postby Mag » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:32 pm

My bad, I thought you were talking the internal vents that lead through the left and right side pockets.

I read the instructions and followed all your vent removal, windshield removal, and the subfilter instruction removal.....I was able to remove everything your instructions said....and then I got stuck. Thanks for all the instruction so far, you created a monster for sure, :twisted:




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