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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2017, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Default Painted Cowl Installation Help Needed

I took advantage of the Victory blow out sale and purchased the painted lower cowl for my bike. In the process of installing it I found that the stock bolts are not long enough for the upper bolt holes on both sides (left and right.) The kit does not come with new bolts. It seems the upper bolt hole is "thicker" on the new cowls than the stock cowls.

In the pictures below you can see how much further out the bolt protrudes from the stock cowl vs. the new cowl (11/16ths vs. 5/16ths.)

The stock bolts are not long enough to grab onto the threaded side on the frame with the new cowl.

Has anyone else run into this problem?
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Get longer bolts.
Obviously...

But where and what size. The hardware store didn't carry black oxide bolts.

Anyone have any more constructive help?

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Take one bolt with you (obviously) to match it up and paint the exposed head of the hex bolt if needed. Does it really show?
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BTW; are you talking about the side plates of the chin fairing in the front of the bike or the inner fairing?
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The sides.

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If the plastic itself is thicker than the stock part, drill out the hole the same diameter as the bolt head. Do this from the outside, drilling into the recess. Drill 1/8" to 1/4" deep and re install. The bolt head will cover the unpainted hole drill and no one will be the wiser.

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If the plastic itself is thicker than the stock part, drill out the hole the same diameter as the bolt head. Do this from the outside, drilling into the recess. Drill 1/8" to 1/4" deep and re install. The bolt head will cover the unpainted hole drill and no one will be the wiser.
Thanks Jim, but the sides are cast aluminum.

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If you do decide to drill it; I would use the right flat head drill bit so you are left with a flat surface at the bottom of the hole instead of a sloped one created by a regular bit.

Also; I'd make triple sure the boss has enough meat in it before doing any drilling. Hate to see you trash the part inadvertently.

I tried looking up the bolt size but it wasn't listed in the manual I used. I'm sure it's a common metric size though.
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I would NOT drill , using the proper length bolt is the correct way for you to go ... Just my opinion .
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