Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing


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RLEGoldwing
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Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by RLEGoldwing » Mon May 28, 2018 6:56 pm



Please HELP. I find NO RELIABLE RESOURCE for detailed instructions and pics to remove the front fairing. I have OEM manual and it is beyond pitiful. I've removed everything and every bolt I can find and fairing still doesn't budge.

The OEM manual has lousy pics for location of items. Can't tell WHERE "six headlight connectors" are located and only have four headlights to my knowledge! Manual doesn't mention or picture two hidden fairing bolts tucked under headlights and behind banks of cable connectors on both sides. Manual doesn't picture location (or visual) of bank sensor and a couple other items to be disconnected/removed.

Haven't found a YouTube video (usual savior).

I've ordered a Clymer manual as reviews tend to be better though not glowing for Clymer or Haynes.

Links to detail instructions -- preferably with pics -- will be greatly appreciated. I'm not a total dunce with mechanics yet novice at my 2005 Goldwing GL1800.

Thanks in advance to those in guru-land.



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Re: Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by Big Blue UK » Tue May 29, 2018 5:35 pm

It is quite easy, I have removed several, I took a load of photos a while back to compile a how to, but never got around to it. A bit busy right now, but will upload a few pics in a jiffy.
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Re: Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by MikeB » Tue May 29, 2018 5:44 pm

I think you just need to chill and look at the diagram in the book and take a closer look at the bike.

There are "six headlight connectors", four connectors for the lamps and two connectors for the headlight adjusters.
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Re: Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by Big Blue UK » Tue May 29, 2018 6:59 pm

Remove mirrors, remove nose cone, remove front cover




Remove instrument panel cover, and tank cover




Remove upper headstock covers, when screws and lower push rivets are out, the pull out from above




Remove Lowe cowl cover and the upper black cover
Remove fairing inner panels (push rivets and a hidden screw often overlooked




Remove screen mount, some of the bolts also secure the fairing also




Remaining fairing securing screws







Slide the fairing forward, then 8 things to unplug






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Re: Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by RLEGoldwing » Tue May 29, 2018 7:19 pm

Thanks to both of you greatly. Now that you mention the headlight adjusters, it makes sense there are six. Would have helped if the manual mentioned any part of that although those are not the items holding the fairing on tight.

The pictures will be a great help, thank you. You show many steps that aren't even hinted at in the OEM manual. There are probably a couple of the Hidden bolts you show that are holding it tight. Everything else is taken apart. The OEM manual doesn't mention taking the gas tank cover off which exposes a few more items.

I'll be back in the garage in a day or so and will give it another go with this information. Again, thank you both.

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Re: Removal of Front Fairing - Yup, the whole thing

Post by Big Blue UK » Wed May 30, 2018 4:32 pm

Ooops, sorry mate, forgot a picture, bolt each side just in front of the mirror mount





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