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Tail Gunner Wide Open Windshield and Stereo Install

Watch out for the Lift

By the Tail Gunner with photography, editing, and production by Colleen Stewart
6/13/2012


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Kenwood Speakers
Kenwood Speakers



Tail Gunner Here! This month we review Wide Open Custom Plastic LLC wind shield mount fairing. My buddy Jeff decided it was time for a new look to his '98 Road King. He wanted to mount a fairing with state of the art stereo components, CD player, radio, MP3 player and some kick ass Kenwood speakers.


The windshield mount fairing from Wide Open fits the bill for any Harley Bagger. He also opted for some upgrades which included a Sony radio,

Sony Radio
Sony Radio



CD player with MP3 port and Kenwood speakers. Total price for the fairing with upgrades was $950.00.

Radio and Speakers all Mocked up
Radio and Speakers all Mocked up



We also added a Tune Trapper hidden antenna in the fairing and Memphis Shades windshield locking tabs we salvaged from a previous build.

Tune Trapper Antenna
Tune Trapper Antenna




Memphis Shades Windshield Locks
Memphis Shades Windshield Locks



The install is pretty straight forward, we pre fit all the components, drilled any required holes for speakers and mounting brackets then ran all the wiring to make sure all was ready to go after paint.


Mounting Holes for Speaker Drilled

Then we just slide it into place where the OEM windshield mounts. Let me tell you, this was a no brainer! For the exception of a slight mishap (bike fell off the lift and broke the windshield YIKES!)


The New and Broken Windshield
The New and Broken Windshield





The install was amazingly simple. Wide Open shipped us another wind shield over night, so we would have it for the Laughlin River Run, thanks Wide Open! Not only did they ship fast, but they sent us an upgraded "flip shield". A few things happened after the fairing was installed, Jeff had a big smile and tunes were blasting everywhere. Also we noticed his gas mileage improved about ten miles per gallon, amazing! He hooked up the MP3 with ear plugs, and all his down loaded music, a nice feature!



Now add in the fact that he's not being beaten up on the freeway anymore, and you have a happy guy. He did have some issues with helmet buffeting, so at present he's trying different height windshields to see what happens. On my scale of 1 to 10, I give this a 10 for ease of install and overall quality of the fairing and components.
 
--Until next month, Tail Gunner out.
 

The Finished Product
The Finished Product



Can Red sing the Tail Gunner a song.
Can Red sing the Tail Gunner a song.



Wide Open Custom Plastic LLC
Fairing kit with upgrades: $950
Tune Trapper Antenna: J&P Cycle P/N 382-018,   $39
 
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Reader Comments


Bought a Wide Open Custom fairing in 2010, installed 2011, 2013 noticed bad vibration. Found 2 large cracks around the mounting brackets, several around the stereo. Poses a real safety issue in my opinion.

Scale of 1-10 with 10 the best, I would give it a -1.

Ed Tuel
Ames, IA
Friday, January 17, 2014
Editor Response Didn't have anything to do with the installation?
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