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Thread: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal

Created on: 05/17/11 12:00 AM

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Grn14


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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
02/14/15 8:29 AM

Another 'weak spot' for the 2012's and up.The duct cover.Where it has the wellnut in the midfairing tab.The one at the front of that part.DO NOT overtighten that bolt in there.You WILL crack that wellnut tab.It's easy to think"just a little more" with that wellnut screw.Stop when it snugs but isn't cranked down.


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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
02/14/15 9:30 AM

Some great tips here. I'd like to add that if you're using more than a couple pounds of force to remove body work you're doing something wrong.

Not losing your cool with bodywork (and motorcycles in general) is vital. A lot of people don't have much patience and aren't trained resulting in forgetting that motorcycles are engineered not crow bared into existence. With motorcycles, turning to more power and force will put you in the hurt locker pretty quickly with broken bolts, stripped threads, and broken risers etc. If a piece of bodywork doesn't come off with any more force than you'd lift a baby, then there's something you're not understanding about how it works.

1) STOP!
2) Take a break - walk away from the bike for a few minutes, lunch break, or even the next day
3) Come back refreshed - refer to the service manual, and try to figure out what you're missing. Keep in mind as good as tutorials often are, sometimes a tiny step is missed or some potential issue still remains unclear. Maybe some step was easy for the tutorial writer, but not easy for you. That's why I prefer the service manual - the information is always there in a somewhat standard format. It's a matter of understanding it. Also the more in tune you are with the service manual, the more successful you will be when you need to do things tutorials aren't available for.

When I worked on my bike this year, I followed the service manual procedures to remove most of the bodywork (most as in amount of bodywork, I always followed the service manual). I followed these 3 steps when my frustration was increasing and I found myself using what was nearing too much force for what needed done.

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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
02/14/15 1:14 PM

If I can get a hand in there, I always try to push a projection out from behind while pulling.

Well nuts, I never tighten those. All they usually need is to be finger tight. They won't vibe loose but if you tighten them down, the rubber grommet on the well nut will crack.

...and always take your time and be gentle. That saves a lot of trouble with fairings. Busting them is not worth saving 10-15 minutes. Once you figure out how they go together is the way to remove them the fastest.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
02/14/15 2:02 PM

I just bought a kit from calibiker? I figured for the 60 bucks I would try it. Said it was 142 pieces. Had the different fasteners, screws, washers, and nuts. I'll keep you posted. Thanks. Not sure if I'm going to keep those one and try to get a new 12 model. But either way I want my baby lookin good lol. With the great advise it makes it that much more manageable.

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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
06/01/16 12:55 PM

Compared to my other bikes the new zx14r is a pita. I'm tempted to switch the body panels to the Catalyst Racing Tailand bodywork just to make it easier to work on the bike... Has anyone else installed the Catalyst tail, supersport fairings or upper?



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Rook


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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
06/01/16 3:58 PM

I'd try zx1441r.com too. There's a more race oriented crown on that forum.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
01/11/18 8:05 PM

Thank you, exactly what I needed to see. I had a friend paint my 2006 Kawasaki ZX14 from red, to the gold mixed, Kawasaki green. It looks 'stellar'. Kawasaki Forever



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Rook


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RE: Newbies' Guide to Fairing Removal
01/11/18 9:06 PM

You're most welcome, 06KZX14. Glad there are still many Gen2s rockin out there to keep this relevant. The bike looks beautiful!



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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