The bat wing on the front of this motorcycle is called a “fairing.”
The procedure for removing both the inner and outer fairings on any Big Twin, Large Forked, Heavy, Touring Harley, which is what FLHT means, is both complicated and straightforward. The outer fairing and windshield come off first. The ignition must be partially removed. Obvious sections of the electrical harness must be unplugged. The hand controls must be removed from behind the fairing. Then you can finally pry the bat wing off the front of your motorcycle.
Remove Outer Fairing and Windshield
1. Hang towels over the front fender to protect the paint and chrome. Straddle the front fender and loosen the outer fairing screws just below the windshield with a Torx head socket and ratchet.
2. Step to the rider’s side of the fairing and pull out the two inner fairing screws over the wind deflectors with a Torx head socket and ratchet.
3. Turn the handlebars completely right. Loosen and pull out the outer fairing screw under the right fairing cap with a Torx head socket, socket extension and a ratchet.
4. Turn the handlebars completely left. Loosen and pull out the outer fairing screw under the left fairing cap with a Torx head socket, socket extension and a ratchet.
5. Push the outer fairing forward. Squeeze the two tabs outside the headlight housing and disconnect wiring harness plug connector behind the headlight.
6. Pull the outer fairing and the headlight off the motorcycle by hand without knocking the windshield off the motorcycle.
7. Set the outer fairing down and pluck the windshield off the front of the bike. Remove and save all pieces.
8. Lift the fairing with the headlamp assembly off the motorcycle. Lift the windshield off the bike.
9. Disconnect the male and female parts of the directional signal and passing lamp connectors. Loosen the passing lamp brackets from the fork brackets with a Torx head socket a ratcheting socket wrench.
10. Remove the passing lamp from the forks.
11. Insert the motorcycle key in the motorcycle ignition. Turn the key to “unlock” and set the ignition knob to “access.”
12. Push the catch tab on the bottom left of the ignition knob with a flathead screwdriver. Push down and turn the key from 5 o’clock to 3 o’clock. Pull the knob off the ignition.
13. Remove the switch nut from the nut stud with a ratcheting socket wrench, socket extension and hex socket.
Remove Hand Controls
14. Remove the chrome trim from the inner fairing by hand and set aside
15. Pull up the rubber boot that covers the clutch cable adjuster assembly on the left side of the bike. Turn the long clutch cable adjuster jam nut and the clutch cable adjuster nut in opposite directions with two open end wrenches.
16. Completely loosen the clutch cable by turning the clutch cable adjuster nut with your fingers.
17.Remove the pivot pin retaining ring from the pivot pin on the bottom of the clutch hand control assembly with a flathead screwdriver. Pull the pivot pin out of the top of the assembly with needle nose pliers.
18. Unfasten the clutch hand control assembly with a Torx head socket and ratchet. Remove the clutch hand control from the clutch hand control assembly.
19. Lift the clutch control pin from the clutch cable. Push the clutch cable and through the weatherized hole in the inner fairing.
20. Stick a 5/32 inch thick cardboard insert between the front brake hand control and the front brake hand control bracket to protect the rubber boot and plunger on the front brake hand control stoplight switch and plunger.
21. Loosen the switch housing and master cylinder screws with a Torx head driver and ratcheting socket wrench. Remove the switch housing and master cylinder.
22. Slip the throttle off the handlebars with the help of a flathead screwdriver. Unhook the two throttle cables from the cable housing.
23. Push the two throttle cables through the weatherized hole in the inner fairing.
Remove Inner Fairing
24. Disconnect the cigarette lighter contacts.
25. Disconnect the right and left speaker adapters from the inner fairing with a Torx head socket, a socket extension and a ratcheting socket wrench.
Unplug the fuel gauge and voltmeter male and female wiring harness plugs. Loosen the four screws that hold the inner fairing to the fairing bracket with a Torx head driver, a socket extension and a ratcheting socket wrench.
Pull the inner fairing and fairing bracket apart with your hands to separate them both from the mounting pins.
Lift the fairing bracket and inner fairing straight up. Pull the fairing bracket and inner fairing apart and remove the inner fairing.