What did you do to your Chieftain today?

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    This is one of my favorite threads - from another form, wish it was my idea and figured to share

    Today I plan to wash the bikes - haven't ridden in several days due to being too hot - and going for a ride with my wife
     
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    Re-adjusted the JW Speaker v2 LED Headlight to get even a further look down the road at night.

     
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    My little project of the day...

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    I removed the solo fender rack and the saddlebag lid racks from my Chieftain just to change it up for a while. I also removed the plexiglass wind deflectors from the hard lowers to allow for more wind movement on these triple digit days.

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    Do those deflectors mount on the lowers or the faring?
     
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    Gave my 2015 Chieftain a quick cleaning and shine before going to my local Thursday Night Bike Night here in my small Texas Hill Country town of 5,000 people, we have a great turnout each week.
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    On my Chieftain, they mount to the Triple Tree right under the fairing where the factory defectors mount.
     
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    They are mounted on the upper inner area of the lowers and are hinged so they can be raised or
    lowered.to adjust air flow, Removing them allows maximum air movement

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    Today, I give her a wipe down and head out for an overnight trip to Tallahassee.
     
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    For some reason I got it in my head that I didn't need the cig lighter port and wanted to add dual in dash usb ports in it's place. So I worked it out in my head, ordered the stuff to do the swap and last week sat on a bucket and pondered the project for a bit.
    The first thing I did was drop the handlebars and began searching for a way to get the cig port out, the usb in and the wiring to the area in the fairing where the iPod hides. After 30 minutes or so I gave up on finding the "Northwest Passage" and pulled out the instrument cluster.
    I wish I could make this a short story with a happy ending but after fighting with the limited space, I was able to remove the cig port and install the usb replacement but there was no way to tighten the nut on the usb port tight enough to satisfy me. Also no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find a happy place to run the wiring. After a couple of hours I put it back as it was, resigning myself to the fact that some things are best left alone.
    And after all, every convenience store in the country sells the two usb to cig port adapter for $3 bucks so tail tucked, I marched my sweaty self to the shower with the satisfaction that I did get it put back together and it cranked. Small victory but a victory still.

    After letting this eat on me all week, this morning I got out my trusty Indian service manual and again began pondering the project. Before I knew it I had my tools spread about and began the process of disassembly. I began by removing the windshield, next the instrument cluster, the headlight bezel and yes the outer fairing. I pulled the outer fairing to access the inner fairing to explore the unknown spaces hidden within.

    There is surprisingly very little space inside the Chieftain fairing that is not utilized. I see now why the 2017 Infotainment cluster is pushed out over the fuel tank. Even with the outer fairing removed it was a major undertaking to install the usb ports. Running the wiring and the splitters necessary to accomplish the job was another matter. A job that, in hind site I am not sure was worth the seven hours and the grief it took to finish. But is is finished. Would I do it again? Probably, but only because I am a little too obsessive compulsive for my own good.

    I actually took the fairing and windshield and laid them on a bed in the house while I did the deed to avoid tripping over them in the garage. Here are a few pics.

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    Why not just add a second one on the right side?
     
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    I was thinking about finding some of those Skull license plate bolts to cover the holes on top of my saddlebag racks. Either that or some spikes. Hmmm
     
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    Wow, I guess so!:cool:
     
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    I hate you had to go to all that work, but am thankful that you did it before I attempted it. You have now confirmed my suspicions that this is a project I will not attempt. I was also looking at removing the chrome ring around the driving light switch to paint it black, nope not going to do that either. I will just attempt the paint it while in place. Thanks again!!!
     
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    Wow, what a Job!
     
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    SPIKES! Spikes for sure - that would keep people from sitting on your Saddlebags. :p
     
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    I would like an usb port too, so can you ride over here and do it for me, just too much work for me.

    Glad you got it accomplished, good job.
     
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    It wasn't so much difficult as it was terribly time consuming and when I got the fairing off, it was like when I was a kid asking my dad how much further,"It;s just over the next hill son" he would reply. The end just wasn't in site. I am glad I did it but not sure I would do so again.
     
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    Wow - that's a lot of work

    I too used the manual to split the fairing

    Amazing what and how they stuff things in there
     
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    How do you like them are they projector or reflector?

    Do they have matching passing lights?
     

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