How to Remove Harley Fairing

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While removing the imposing bat wing-styled fairing from a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic is not a task that is required very often, it has to be done to gain access to the motorcycle's electrical and sound systems. Although it can look very difficult to accomplish, removing the fairing is actually quite easy since it is secured by a handful of screws. Using a single Torx driver, the entire outer fairing can be removed, but take your time to avoid damaging both the fairing and the auxiliary driving lamps.

Things You'll Need

  • Towels
  • Torx-27 driver
  • Park the motorcycle on a smooth, level surface. Check the side stand to ensure that it is locked into place. Prepare the motorcycle, covering the fuel tank and front fender with towels to prevent scratching the parts' painted finish. Wrap the auxiliary driving lights in a towel.

  • Using a Torx-27 driver, loosen the three bolts that secure the windshield to the outer fairing.

  • Place your foot on the side stand to prevent it from moving and turn the handlebars completely to the left. Locate the pair of Torx screws that secure the right side of the inner fairing to the outer fairing. Remove both screws using a Torx-27 driver.

  • Place your foot on the side stand to prevent it from moving and turn the handlebars completely to the right. Locate the pair of Torx screws that secure the left side of the inner fairing to the outer fairing. Remove both screws using a Torx-27 driver.

  • Remove the windshield screws from the outer fairing, starting with the outer screws first. Remove the center screw and slide the windshield upwards and out of the outer fairing. Set the windshield aside.

  • Stand in front of the motorcycle and pull the upper edge of the outer fairing towards you. Reach into the fairing and disconnect the wiring harness from the headlight. Pull the outer fairing towards you, using a side-to-side motion, until the outer fairing has completely detached from the motorcycle.

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References

  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
  • "2008 Harley-Davidson Touring Models Service Manual"; Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; 2008
  • Photo Credit let's have a break image by A. Leonardo from Fotolia.com
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