Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tacoma, Washington, USA
BIG-BIKE-PARTS/Show Chrome P/N: 52-677A_GL1800_ARMRESTS
I installed a set on my 2003 in 2011.
I've ridden 84,000 miles in those seven years in all kinds of weather. They have held up quite well and have no evidence of rust. The nylon washers that they pivot on are original and have not yet deteriorated. If they do, it is a simple matters to replace them with some 1/4" ID nylon washers. they are readily available at most well equipped hardware store.
There is one thing that may be a problem for installation, one reviewer with a 2012 GL1800 stated "The left side won't fit due to the heated seat/backrest control knob for the passenger. The bracket, to match the holes for the seat, sits tightly against the knob...". There may also be fitment problems if there is a control of some sort on the right too. I have no such knobs so it was not an issue for me.
1998 - GL1500 w/175,000 miles
2003 - GL1800 w/106,000 miles