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On a 08 Nav model Do I have to remove the top shelter to get top triple tree off?

I am doing the All Balls and have most everything off or loose. I can't get the top triple tree off past the bracket that supports the bottom meter panel. That bracket appears to be under ign switch.

I watched Fred's video but his model is different. I'm sure manual is going to say take it off but I didn't want to do anything extra that isn't required.
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I dont think you have to take it off but you do have to loosen it and move it to get at the bolts to get that bracket out and watch out there is a deep hole right there that bolt is hard to get out of (dont ask how I know that)
 

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Ive done it on my 08 already. You have to remove the shelter to get the rest of the parts off. Freds videos were done with an earlier model. They did not have that lower panel support. Its not that hard. Just a little time consuming.

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There is the "top shelter," the "dash" and the "meter panel."

When I had Traxxion do my suspension, one of the upgrades was to install the "All Balls" in the steering head. They did not remove the top shelter. Towerhog might be right, but the '06-'09 should be the same.

Once you remove the dash, the meter panel bolts should be removed. You do really have to disconnect the meter panel from the wiring harness. Once the bolts are removed, you can use a bungie cord to hold the meter panel up out of the way by looping op over your windshield. Put a towel over the top of the shield to prevent any scratches.

This thread will help you remove your dash: http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196034

As for replacing the steering head bearing, take a good look at this info from Fred Harmon. It will give you the needed information, although when he did this it was on an older model bike. Very similar though.

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/stembearings

If you do have to remove the top shelter, follow these instructions. They will help a lot. Here is one tip. Get yourself a "fine point" Sharpie permanent marker. When you remove the trim strips to get to all the bolts, number the bolts 1-6 starting at the lowest point. Do this for both sides. They are different lengths and you want to put them back in the correct place.

http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/capozzir/2009 Goldwing/Top Shelters Removal/

Take you time and good luck.
 

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Thanks for all the hints. I watched the second to last video again and then removed top shelter. wasn't that hard. Thanks again about using caution getting those 2 bolts to get bracket off. stuffed rags in holes just in case. can't believe how easy that bottom race came off. just tapped it off with large screwdtiver and hammer. It's completely apart hope to put it together tomorrow night.

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yes the first time you take off top tree you have to remove shelter and cut the bracket Fred and I discussed this in a recent post on cutting the bracket search for it the 09 he did is same, just loosen the 4 bolts for for the display and hold it up with a budgie cord.
cut the bracket so you can check tightness later and not have to remove shelter.
if you need pictures I'd be glad to get them for you, I'll see if I can find our last post

yes here we go page 2 of this post are the pictures I did, this only pertains to a Navi model bike 06 and up
http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198253
 
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