Lower cowl deflectors


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Lower cowl deflectors

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For leg clearance purposes, I would like to lose the lower cowl deflectors in favor of non-flared/"trim only" pieces. Anyone know if such parts were ever available? Thanks in advance. M



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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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Do you mean this part? If so, I do not think there is any replacement other than the factory part or a chrome part.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-GOLDWING ... 3352582058

However if you are asking about some kind of aftermarket part, please show us a picture so we better understand what you are looking to replace.
If you mean the ones in the Ebay link, the only thing I can think of is to maybe find an extra set and see if you can somehow cut then down thinner and find a way to reattach them.
The next option would be to get a new seat or modify the seat you have. If those are in the way, it has to be because you are quite tall. Getting a seat that allows you to shift back more would open that area up more and maybe be a better solution.
So, give us more details on the issue you are having.

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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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I recall they did make short ones that didn't stick out so far. Can't recall who made them and it was awhile back. I guess its true what they say.... memory is the first to go! :) Is that what they used to say?
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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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Thanks much for the fast input. I am 6'2" and the highway boards mounted on the engine guards align with the flared edge of the deflectors. I have modified the mounts to set the boards wider, and I can live with the result, but an unflared trim that would leave my mid-calf alone would be much better. The PO pimped the bike out pretty with add-on chrome and I thought perhaps the original trim might be narrow. Thanks again. M

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I'm attempting to add pics of the challenge. Here goes.
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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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Yep thats a tough one. I'm only 5'11" and have the same highway boards. For me its the end of the engine guard hoop that forces my feet wider. Some people have cut there own engine guards and plugged the ends. I thought about buying replacement new style engine guards and going with some kind of other highway peg.
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I think that your best bet, so you do not destroy your originals, is to buy an extra set off Ebay or other favorite place and cut them down. If you use care, you should be able to cut them down and then use ABS cement as has been done on other ares to glue them back together. Then you would just need to do some fine finishing.
From the pictures, you have a black bike, that is super easy to match when you paint the final product.
As for any aftermarket supplier of custom made narrow ones, I have not seen any or heard of any. Places like Wingstuff.com or other Goldwing sites would be the vendors of this kind of stuff, but I have not seen anything like that on any site I have visited, nor have I ever seen anything like that in photos or in person. Not saying they don't exist, just that they are either a small one off company, out of production, or never made in any scale.

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Thanks again for the information. You have saved me lots of frustration by not having to dig and not find these parts. M

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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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These are chrome and I believe that they are a little narrower than OEM:
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... ugs/79/643
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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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Thanks. I'll check them out, they do appear narrower and every bit will be an improvement.

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I do not think those are any narrower than the stock ones. Because the purpose of these is to deflect air, I think that they would have said something if they were not going to be as wide and deflect as much air as stock. Also, there is a limit to how narrow these can be due to the mounting screw and the cap covering the hole.
It would require someone to re-engineer these, I think if someone spent that kind of time and money to do that, they would be advertised as such. I would call them and see if they could measure it for you, that way you would know for sure and not waste time or money.

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Re: Lower cowl deflectors

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I sent a request for information on the profile on the aftermarket deflectors. I don't assume this fix would be that easy, but asking is cheap and I'm not in a hurry. Thanks. M



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