Install Fairing On A Road King

Fairings provide added protection during long rides.

The Harley-Davidson Road King, launched in 1994, recaptures the look of the mid-1960s Electra Glide. A detachable fairing dramatically changes its appearance and offers the flexibility of having two different-style motorcycles in one. Fairings are available with or without a stereo system. Both styles can be installed and detached quickly and easily.


1. Hold the headlight assembly while you remove the four rubber bushings that hold the stock windshield in place. Thread the eight stainless steel bushings — in sets of one flat and one stepped spacer — onto the studs. Reinstall the headlight assembly. Reinstall the socket head cap-screws using the supplied Loctite. Tighten the socket head cap-screws until they begin to feel tight, then loosen off one and a half to two turns to accommodate the fairing. Slide the fairing into place. Attach the power cord to the fairing. Turn the locking ring about a quarter of a turn to lock it into place.

2. Position the bottom of the fairing brackets into the gap between the bottom spacer halves. Lower the fairing until the top slots of the bracket fit into the top spacers. Tilt the fairing back toward the bike to ensure it fits correctly. Drop the fairing another 1/2 inch to fit into the bracket slots. Pull forward on the fairing to ensure it is tight and fully inserted into position; it must not move or swivel forward. Retighten the four acorn nuts to hold it in place.

3. Thread the power cord under the gas tank and into the battery area. Leave the cord slightly slack so that it does not get tight on a full turn to either side. Do not leave it loose enough to form a loop.

4. If the fairing has a stereo, connect the blue wire to the positive battery terminal with the crimp-on connector terminals supplied with the fairing. Connect the brown wire to the orange and white-striped wire (found under the seat). Connect the green and yellow wire to the negative battery terminal.

5. Hold the windshield in place and screw in the windshield screws from the outside, with a stainless steel washer on each screw. Place a chromed washer onto the stud on the inside. Place a drop of Loctite into each chromed acorn nut and thread them onto the studs. Tighten the windshield screws with your fingers until they are tight. Torque the windshield nuts to 15 to 20 inches per pound.

Join the painted outer fairing with the inner fairing by applying Loctite to each of the six screws that hold the two halves together and tighten.