Removing GL1500 fairing


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Removing GL1500 fairing

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has anyone actually pulled the fairing off and took pictures of the procedure during the removal ? This is going to be a winter time project as my fans have become inoperable for some reason ? also would like some feed back on any up grades to the cooling system other than adding switch to manually turn fans off and on and maybe adding a rheostat to adjust fan speed for cooling in traffic. Mine let the bike get way to hot this summer is why I know they either need upgrading or replaced with something bigger or just adding the aforementioned switch ? :?: :?: :?: :?:

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You don't need to pull the whole fairing off to remove the fans. You just pull off the side panels off the fairing. The fans are in there tight and a few of the bolts are a pain to get to, so take your time. It will take some twisting to get them out. There are wire connectors on top of one of them that you will need to move out of the way.

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Actually, there are connectors over the top of both of the fans. Getting them out is hard but putting them back in is even harder. Not much room to work there and they are in a really tight place. I found that putting something thin, like a putty knife or even a piece of plastic for a notebook divider, behind the fan when you are putting it back in helps it to slide into place without snagging on the wires.



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