To mount the Harley fairing to the Nomad I needed some brackets. There's a guy who makes the brackets in his spare time. Apparently he does great work, but is a busy guy and it often takes a long time to get them. I decided to try my hand at fabricating some brackets, especially since my risers are not stock.
I knew after some test fitting the lightbar would have to be spaced forward some. This is because the Phat II risers occupy some space where the fairing radio housing would normally be. I used some scrap I had and spaced the lightbar forward a couple inches. When the fairing is in its final place I'll fabricate a heavier bracket to space the lightbar.
I took some measurements and made a set of brackets that would bolt to the outside of the forks.
I set the whole mess in place for a test fitting. I liked the way the fairing set, but...
...the brackets looked horrible. No amount of cutting or polishing would change that.
While I sat and stared at the setup I noticed I could make brackets without bends and bolt them to the inside of the forks. I decided to try that.
I took some measurements and cut some scrap 1/8" aluminum I had. I don't have a bandsaw so I make do with a sawzall and vise.
Here are the brackets in place and ready for a test fitting.
The brackets (top bracket) made the fairing set too high. I made another set (bottom bracket) that lowers the fairing and moves it forward about 1/2". You can see the similarities between the two.
My third set of brackets puts the fairing in a good spot.
The top of the inner fairing was a little floppy with only the bottom set of brackets due to the weight of the gauges. I made some top brackets to stiffen everything up.
The trick is to go above the gauges while clearing the outer fairing. I had to bend some of the top of the bracket over to clear the outer fairing. I left it bent to provide more rigidity, as opposed to just cutting it off.
Here are the top brackets.
Note: All of these bracket fabrications were made from scrap metal I'd saved over the years. Save your scraps!
Now I need to transfer the bottom brackets from aluminum to metal, clean them up, and paint them. Then they'll be ready for mounting. Oh yeah, I need to make the spacer bracket for the lightbar, too.
Here are the lower brackets in 1/8" steel.
Here are all the brackets installed.
Here is the spacer bracket I made for the lightbar. It moves the lightbar forward 2". I was afraid the lightbar might vibrate but the thing is rock solid.
If making your own brackets is a task you don't want to undertake give Lee Sido a call.
I've gotten many emails asking what Lee Sido's brackets look like. Above are a couple pictures. They put my cobbled brackets to shame. I also get a lot of emails telling me Lee is hard to get ahold of. It's too bad because those brackets are nice. I like how he did everything with one piece of metal.