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Old 01-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gl1800 body ( removal help )

I am not scared for anything...I will take a GL1800 engine apart and put it together in my sleep...almost...nothing scares me...only one thing. And that is...holy **** do it get all this body work crap off a 2010 GL1800 without busting something...? As I said to do a engine repair or over haul or such on this bike or any bike does not scare me in the least, my back ground is such that it really does not scare me. Only the body work has me stopped...dead cold in my track...! My bike is now near 2 years old and I have done a lot of riding on it I have some 52,000 now on the clock...I bought it new with ZERO on the clock. I have done oil changes and plugs and so on...and more...however now I want to get to the AIR Filter....and I do not know how to get all this body work off....short of whipping out the chain saw and the sawall and so on....if you get my drift.

As much as I love this bike...I hate it 10X as much when it comes to all this body crap all over it...

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Old 01-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Steve has a video doing the job, and after watching it I still don't want to tackle the job.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is really not that bad once you have done it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just finished removing both front fairings and putting them back on ..with some trouble I might add ....I finally went online and someone who had similar issues was smart enough to take pics of what the hard parts were ...the hang they are ...the hidden bosses
the manual talks about bosses but not were they are

..I also Highly recommend Fred Harrmons cds although they do not show the front fairing removal they pretty much got everything else covered and the air filter is a breeze

feel free to pm me if yea get stuck

You go not need to take the fairings off for filter change
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's quite simple. Start at the ignition switch and remove everything that doesn't look like an air filter. Working with the service manual really does help you through it the first time.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Plus one for the videos on this site as well as Steve Harmon's CD set. I did the job and I would consider myself to be "handy" but not a mechanic by any means.

Keep your parts sorted as a lot of the body panel screws are different lengths!

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And for all you owner's that have it figured out on your '10' and older models...completely changed for '12'. Now the top shelter comes off in pieces.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dizzy View Post
And for all you owner's that have it figured out on your '10' and older models...completely changed for '12'. Now the top shelter comes off in pieces.

What? More pieces?
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here is the big problem the trim strip...I can not get it off and I have used more then a little force to get it to pop off....but it wont come off. I do not want to force it any harder as i swear it will break on me. Trust me I have used more then a little force to try to get it off...but I can not get it to move...!
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That is strange, because usually those trim pieces will break if enough force is applied.. What I do is to start at the bottom, look for the little indentation/slot area and insert a large flat tip screwdriver and twist the screwdiver.. that should pop the tab right out and you should be on your way from there. Good luck!! and as others have mentioned Fred Harmon Cds are sooo helpful as are the illustrated powersports cd.
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