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By reading the forum, I know I am not the first guy this has happened to.
My Radiator trim piece on the right side blew loose and turned under the bike without me knowing it. I was kinda busy going around 100 mph. It was Still attached by that one screw, I made a right hand turn and heard a scraping sound. It looked like someone took a industrial disc grinder to my trim piece. It had completely ground through in a large spot.

That trim piece will set you back $250.00 and change if you buy from HD painted Vived Black.

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I have noticed the top of my shroud on either side had pulled apart so you can see the tab. I always just pushed it back in. If it clicks you know you got it. But I don't check it every time before I go riding. I did not think of it being ripped off at high speeds. But now that this has happen to you I think it will have to be incorporated in my per flight inspection. Sorry to hear your baby got heart. You know V rod r us has red and silver ones.:sad:
 

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I got my $251.00 piece of plastic today.

I found a way to keep this from ever happening again.
I found a way to add a bolt at the top of the plastic piece and it is hidden from view, no drilling, nothing on the outside that can be seen.

I did both sides and now I can go 100 mph and not worry about the trim pieces coming loose again.

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I got my $251.00 piece of plastic today.

I found a way to keep this from ever happening again.
I found a way to add a bolt at the top of the plastic piece and it is hidden from view, no drilling, nothing on the outside that can be seen.

I did both sides and now I can go 100 mph and not worry about the trim pieces coming loose again.

Do you have any pictures of your fix. I wouldn't mind doing it. A little bit of prevention can save my shroud.:ride:
 

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Tap the peg at the top of the cover 10-32, no need to drill a hole, it is allready there. just tap it 10-32 to the bottom.

Put the trim piece back on.

Use a 10-32 hex head bolt with a washer, and with needle nose plyers slip into the tight area and get the bolt started. After the bolt starts use a combo, open end/rachiting box end wrench and tighting the bolt lightly. It is a real thight spot. Just remember the $251.00 for a replacement part.

Your trim piece is now bolted at the top and bottom.

Bicep
 

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So it needed to be done. HD new it made the part for it. But did nothing with it. Too Tuff to install on the factory line. You Da Man :notworth:
 

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Any bets that the built in "bolt holder" was engineered to be used to hold the shroud in place just as you have done, then somewhere along the line a bean counter concluded that they could save a few seconds / cents building each F by leaving this off?

Oops - I see vice grip said the same thing -- yesterday. :banghead:
 

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those rad trim pieces are weird to get back together and IMOP needed more screws to hold them in. i feel your pain bicep,,,,,, sux for sure.
 

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My left side just took a leap from mine this morning mid Houston while I was only going 65. Crappy thing is it broke a huge chunk from the mounting point at the bottom..
Making a huge stink with local Harley here in SA due to the number of people this has happened to. Have mtg with warranties on Monday to find a resolve.
 
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