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Woo Hoo! I just ordered a Arlen Ness Original style fairing, plain sides, not louvered. From the pictures available on the Ness website this fairing looks to be more rounded than the new style. I also ordered the brow mount extender bracket as recommended by the website.
Now I have to put the headlight brow back on the bike since I had drilled the lower triple clamp to enable use of a custom headlight bucket.
I'm hoping that by mounting the 1/4 fairing from the brow mount and thusly being mounted higher than it would have been mounted from the lower triple clamp I'll reduce helmet buffeting.
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I received the fairing yesterday and it's flimsy but I expected that. I also expected that I would have to add to/modify/adapt the Arlen Ness brackets so no surprise there either. In all honesty the fairing with brackets could be mounted as is but I feel it would be subject to cracking at the mount holes. That in fact was a complaint I found by using Google to search for installation tips.

So, I'm going to use the two factory brackets and two Rifle Fairing adjustable collet struts to mount the fairing down low and up high, "floating" around the headlight.

To address the flimsy complaint I've ordered two 12" square pieces of ABS plastic in both 1/16" and 1/8" thickness from McMaster/Carr. ABS is really easy to cut, form and cement so my plan is to cut 2" diameter circles and cement them as doublers at the mounting points.
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Still waiting on the Rifle collet struts and ABS reinforcement to arrive, both have been shipped, but pictures will be posted ASAP.
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Well wouldn't you know it, the big twin narrow glide headlight bucket extender is not going to work. I've ordered some aluminum stock so I can make my own extender. The headlight needs to be extended another 5" or so and raised up at least 1/2".









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Some on site have used round plastic containers for fillers between the front lip and headlight. Kydex sheet could also be formed as a filler.
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Good tips, thanks! I really like the looks of the original style over the Sportster specific model so I bought this one knowing I would have to "adapt" it. Mocking it up just now, a headlight extension of 6" will place the headlight lens at the front of the fairing. The instructions call for the fairing to ride the headlight and use two mounts, one per side. No wonder there are cracking issues at the mounts. I'm going to use two mounts per side and wrap an adhesive foam strip around the headlight. I'll use the factory mounts and a pair of Rifle fairing mounts. Along with doubling up the ABS at the mounts I should be good to go.
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Fairing installed, 1/2" higher and 4 1/2" further forward than the Dyna mounting adapter would have placed it.
Now to get the new front tire mounted and I'll be good to go.
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