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    Front fairing removal R1100RT

    Any tips on how to access the internal (by the headlight) mounting screws so I can remove the front fairing on my RT?
    The PDF manual that I have indicates to remove the instrument cluster first, but then in another section, it say to remove the fairing so that you can remove the instrument cluster .....? In either case, I cannot seem to access the mounting bolts inside the fairing. Thx

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    May have figured out my error. Looks like the entire windscreen assembly has to be removed. Not just the screen itself. So that should allow access to the front screws.

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    It sure what screws you mean. You remove the windshield trim so you can lif the fairing off the windshield arms, but the headlight stays in the fairing the whole time. You unplug it and a few other things but the fairing is ultimately held on with four bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonLargiader View Post
    It sure what screws you mean. You remove the windshield trim so you can lif the fairing off the windshield arms, but the headlight stays in the fairing the whole time. You unplug it and a few other things but the fairing is ultimately held on with four bolts.
    Always the voice of reasonable reason Anton.

    You still need 24" extensions with a 10mm flex socket and the hands of a little girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    You still need 24" extensions with a 10mm flex socket and the hands of a little girl.
    For what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonLargiader View Post
    For what?
    Sarcasm
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    Windscreen was removed and instrument trim, then all (x 6) screws were removed from the fairing. But the fairing would definitely not release and appeared to be anchored at the headlight assembly. Iím currently away at work and wonít get back to this project for a few days but was thinking: is the headlight plug connection another mounting point / ie: does it provide any tension on the headlight mounting bracket and could this be the issue?
    Thx for the tips. Iíve never torn one of these bikes apart before and I donít want to break anything on a 20 year old bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Sarcasm
    I actually didn't mean it to be sarcasm, or maybe I did?

    Size XXL hands and patience hasn't been working for me.
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    There are two threaded alignment studs near the headlight but they are not supposed to have nuts on them. Itís really easy to look at them and think they should, though, so someone may have done so.

    From memory, you get the dash off, windshield off, mirrors and side fairings off, radio antenna ground strap if present, and then you have four bolts (two at the mirrors, two where the side fairing tabs engage) and that is all. You pull the fairing (with headlight) forward and then unplug the headlight and parking bulb if you havenít already.

    I think thatís all for the 1100.
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    Thanks. Will take another look when I get home. Difficulties with this may be related to method PO used to install the Xenon headlight and power supply. Incidentally this is the original reason why I’m removing the fairing. Restoring the bike to stock as it had a lot of poorly executed electrical installations.
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    Successful.
    Turns out there's a factory installed 90 degree tab, mounted on lower left side of frame, left of the inner headlight assembly, with a nylock nut to fix the fairing to the frame. Saw no mention of this in any of my resources. Couldn't see it because of the nest of wiring from the power pack for the xenon headlight.
    Last edited by flhfxd; 12-14-2018 at 10:13 PM.

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