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Side covers gl1500

Postby zaprne55 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:44 pm



I lost my battery side cover this year. I ordered chrome plyed side covers from Chrome World and they came with new bushings. I nstalled them, with the new bushing, and lost another battery side cover. ChromeWorld would replace it with an extra they had and sent me the wrong one. This happened twice. Finally they sent another pair and I return all of the extra panels I was collecting. So far this one has stayed on.



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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:20 pm

You really, REALLY need a set of Rudy's PanelKeepers and his Secondbase kit.

I bought the full PanelKeper, SecondBase and DoorKeeper kit for my 1500...I'll be installing them very shortly.

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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby MikeB » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:33 pm

When I bought my first GL1500, I remember taking off the side covers and it was pretty tough to get them off. Knowing that the pins were kind of fragile, I used a little silicone lube on the pins to make them slip in and out easier. The next day riding to work, I felt the right side cover come loose and start pressing on my ankle. I immediately slowed and found a safe place to stop and reattach the panel. I had two more occurrences of that happening, even after wiping off the silicone. That is, until I installed a belly pan. Two Wings later and over 300,000 miles I have never had that happen again. The belly pan prevents the fairing from becoming a wind tunnel. Without the belly pan, wind whistles up between the engine and the plastic and looks for a place to escape. At least that is what I believe. Once the belly pan was installed on my wings, the problem went away.
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby redial » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:16 pm

Where did you get your belly pan from, and about how much did it cost? Of course, freight is a big expense for us living in the summer south at this time of the year.

And of course, apart from keeping the side panels affixed, what other benefits have you found with the belly pan?

Thanks for your response.
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:09 pm

redial wrote:Where did you get your belly pan from, and about how much did it cost? Of course, freight is a big expense for us living in the summer south at this time of the year.

And of course, apart from keeping the side panels affixed, what other benefits have you found with the belly pan?

Thanks for your response.


I've seen them at Cyclemax: GL1500 Engine Plate, which I know has pretty reasonable shipping rates.

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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby MikeB » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:42 am

For my 1500 I bought it through NW Accessories here in Washington state. They sell primarily on EBay. Check Item number 150649641692 on Ebay now. It will show their address and you can mail them or email them. They do ship worldwide.
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby Gmann07 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:27 am

I lost battery side cover with Rudy's panelkeepers second base kit installed, cost me $250 with new grommets and side cover i found on ebay, replaced all panelkeepers and put zip ties on click attachment on panelkeepers

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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:10 am

Looked at both links seems like buying two second base kits is cheaper than buying one "deluxe kit' am I missing something or shoudl cyclemax lower the deluxe price or raise the base kit??? Or did I miss something???
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby NVSB4 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:00 am

RBGERSON wrote:Looked at both links seems like buying two second base kits is cheaper than buying one "deluxe kit' am I missing something or shoudl cyclemax lower the deluxe price or raise the base kit??? Or did I miss something???

No, it looks like your math is correct and it would be better to buy two single than 1 deluxe.
For about $20 more ($59.07 including shipping), I would prefer to go to the source, Rudy's and get a kit for the two side covers as well as the fender covers and passenger door covers.
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby dlfierce » Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:57 am

It would appear that the deluxe kit comes with a packet of 3m adhesive as well and that would probably be the difference in price.

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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby MikeB » Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:46 pm

Gmann07 wrote:I lost battery side cover with Rudy's panelkeepers second base kit installed, cost me $250 with new grommets and side cover i found on ebay, replaced all panelkeepers and put zip ties on click attachment on panelkeepers


Did you have a Belly Pan installed on your bike when you lost the panels?
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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby Gmann07 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:43 am

No I do not have a belly pan on the bike

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Re: Side covers gl1500

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:56 am

NVSB4 wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:Looked at both links seems like buying two second base kits is cheaper than buying one "deluxe kit' am I missing something or shoudl cyclemax lower the deluxe price or raise the base kit??? Or did I miss something???

No, it looks like your math is correct and it would be better to buy two single than 1 deluxe. For about $20 more ($59.07 including shipping), I would prefer to go to the source, Rudy's and get a kit for the two side covers as well as the fender covers and passenger door covers.

I got a schooling from Rudy and there are actually two different kits for the 1500, one for '88-'94 and another for '95-'00.

"Hi Chris,
Actually there are four kits involved. Two kits are for each, the FenderKeeper Deluxe and two for the Full Bike Kits.
The differences are related to what side panel you have. The earlier GL1500s had rounded or domed shapes and the 95 and up as well as all of the aftermarket replacement panels that I know of had flatter, lower profile side covers. The RPD and the CK3 kits are for the early, more curved OEM panel.
The RPD2 and the CK4 are for the flatter, later OEM and aftermarket panels. The forward-most mounting plate for each side panel is where the difference is. The early plate has a sem-curved mounting contact and the later one mounts flat, just like the SecondBase kit.
The flat plate won't fit the early side covers and the curved one won't fit the flatter side covers.
Otherwise, there's no difference in the kits at all.
Hope that helps.
Rudy"

Cyclemax doesn't differentiate between the models at all. Maybe it's easier for them to keep only one item in stock, but doesn't mean it's the right one for the application.


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