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AIR WING* FINIALS
by Chet Walters
This works on Valkyrie
Standard/Tourer and some Honda Shadow models only!
TOOLS & STUFF: Isopropyl
(rubbing) alcohol - 7/16" wrench - small hammer (see above
You can visit a trophy shop and there you can find several
different styles of "eagles" be they winged ladies (nice on the valkyrie), long
winged eagles or standard eagles. You can also obtain eagles at bike shows
sold as flag pole finials.
PREPARATION: Obtain a pair of
lead masonary anchors with 1/4" x 20 thread size as shown
above. Cut them so the barrel is only 1/2" inch long. From
your local trophy shop, obtain some Eagles wth 1/4" x 20
thread as shown, or choose another style with same kind of thread
(see below for some alternatives).
- Place air wings in the "open" position and
remove entire Baker Wing assembly from bike.
- Remove cap from wing shaft. With ispropyl alcohol clean
off the glue.
- Place bottom of air wing shaft (the base of shaft only,
not wing assembly) on a block of wood. With small hammer
tap plug into shaft as in Figure One until its
flush with top of shaft. Make sure you have the plug
oriented as in Figure One ("skirt" end down).
- Re-install wing onto bike so that it is perpendicular.
- Place chrome washer on top of shaft. Screw in ¼"
setting bolt finger tight, then with 7/16" wrench,
turn bolt one full turn to set plug. Remove setting bolt.
- Place chrome washer on top of shaft (if used, some
finials are large enough at the base to cover wing shaft
top without a washer). While holding the washer centered
on the shaft, gently screw in eagle. (if using a flag
eagle, DO NOT SCREW IN EAGLE USING HIS WINGS! THEY ARE
FRAGILE! APPLY LIGHT PRESSURE ONLY AT VERY BASE OF EAGLE
- When eagle is only slightly tight, check that eagle is
aligned as shown in Figure Two (eagle beak faces the
front outer corner of shaft).
- If the alignment is not as in Figure Two, estimate the
amount of "turn" you will need to align eagle
(ie half turn, quarter turn, etc.) for the adjustment in
step nine then remove eagle.
- With chrome washer in place, screw in ¼" setting
bolt and use a 7/16" wrench to turn bolt. Do not
turn too far, turn only a little at a time. You only have
thickness of the washer to work with. Of you do turn too
far, you will have to file off the top of the plug and
start over or add another washer!
- Remove bolt and screw in eagle.
Repeat steps 6 - 9 until eagle is aligned as in Figure
Two. Check that you can fully "close" the air
wings, that the eagle clears the tank, and that when your
front wheel is turned completely to lock that the turn
signal does not strike the finial. Air wing shaft should
be perpendicular with your engine head (straight up &
down) to provide clearance for signal.
- Once all is adjusted correctly, remove eagle. Coat the
threads with nail polish and while holding washer
centered on shaft, gently screw eagle back in. (do not
use threadlock or you wont be able to subsequently
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*Baker Built and Air Wings are
trademarks of Baker Built Products. We are not affiliated with
them even though they are right here in Ohio like us. However, we
think they have the greatest thing since canned beer in their Air
Wings and we hope you will visit them at http://www.bakerbuilt.com/.