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Does the small, chrome covers between the cylinder heads and fairings on the 1200 serve any other purpose than looking good? Mine are very rusted and I'd like to remove them.
 

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Those little covers may stop toddlers from pulling your spark plug wires, but other than that, they serve no other purpose. Your bike will never know that they are gone. My bike was de-stickered, de-emblemed, de-racked, there are no aftermarket stamped steel chrome pieces, no extra lights, all done by the previous owner. There is nice paint and body work with pinstripe art and custom upholstery. I love that guy, he had good taste. He did leave those chrome covers over the plug wires.

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Joska,

Those part are called "spark plug covers".

They come up on eBay fairly regularly, but you may have to watch for a while to find some nice clean ones.

Go to Motorcycle Parts on eBay and search for "GL1200 Spark Plug Covers".

The only other option is to have yours re-chromed.

Good luck with it.
 

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My bike was de-stickered, de-emblemed, de-racked, there are no aftermarket stamped steel chrome pieces, no extra lights, all done by the previous owner. There is nice paint and body work with pinstripe art and custom upholstery.
Sounds like a really nice bike :) I actually had this style in mind for my own 1200. Partly because I can then junk a lot of damaged chrome parts (racks and some really ugly caliper covers) and not worry about finding replacements, but mostly because I like that clean and understated (if you can call a Goldwing that...) look.

I will remove those sparkplug covers, IMO they look a bit tacky.
 

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I like chrome, but being formally trained as an Auto Body Tech my tastes lean more towards more paint and less trim. My bike was not too old when it was transformed, I don't think rust or bad parts was an issue, the owner just wanted it that way. Maybe he was an aftermarket chrome part manufacturer of GoldWing bling. The paint is not a time consuming lacquer or acrylic. Instead the paint is what we called a synthetic enamel with hardener. Spray three coats and let it dry and let it be. Same inexpensive paint that we repainted old VWs with, simple and durable.

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