How to Install a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Windshield


Installing a windshield on your Yamaha V-Star 1100 motorcycle not only enhances its appearance, it increases comfort and value as well. There are many windshields available for this motorcycle, including those made by Yamaha and those made by aftermarket manufacturers such as Minnesota Slims. Installation for most of these windshields essentially involves the same steps, although they may vary slightly by manufacturer. Always refer to the kit directions for the mounting of your particular windshield.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic hand tools
  • Towels or moving pads
  • Measuring tape
  • Cover the tank and the front fender with towels or moving pads to prevent damage during the installation.

  • Install the mounting plates onto the windshield. Use the bottom bolt and one upper bolt for initial installation. This places the windshield in the highest adjustment position. Make final adjustments to your personal taste when installation is complete.

  • Remove the two Phillips-head screws holding the headlight lens and set it aside. Remove the chrome turn signal cover, and put it in a safe place. Remove the three screws holding the headlight bucket, and let it rest carefully, using caution not to let it fall. Remove the turn signal bar as well.

  • Install the right side bracket and the headlight using one of the long screws provided in the kit. Install the nylon washer between the headlight bucket and the bracket. Install each of the long screws and spacers in the following order: bolt, windshield bracket, spacer and turn signal bar. Loosely install the bolts at this point, and do not fully tighten. Repeat these steps for the left side bracket.

  • Tighten all fasteners when the brackets and bolts are in place. Install the turn signal bar cover and the headlight lens, tightening their fasteners as well.

  • Loosen the anchor bolts on the windshield and install it on the brackets. Install the upper slot first, and then the lower slot. Adjust the windshield to the desired height and angle, and tighten all bolts. Turn the handlebars from side to side, making sure the windshield does not interfere with cable or wiring routing, and that no part of the windshield or brackets will contact the tank when turned fully right or left.

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