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DESERTBEAR54

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Front Fairing Removal
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:25:10 AM »

If someone could explain in detail how to remove the front fairing in easy step by step instructions that would be very helpful. I have an 08 SEUC and if there are any hidden secrets I would like to know of them. I am getting a rattle and it sounds like its coming from under the front fairing and so I would like to pull it and make sure everything underneath is secure. I have the service manual but the manual doesn't tell you all the little secrets of specific tasks. DB
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 10:32:19 AM »

I am sure many of us do it differently, here is the way that I do it.

First suggestion before you start is get an old pair of tube socks and put them over your passing lights.  This will help you not scratch the fairing as you take it off.

Next remove the lowest 2 bolts under the inner fairing.  next i remove the top 3 bolts that hold the windshield on and safely place it elsewhere then I remove the 2 bolts under the hand grips.  Pull the fairing forward just a bit and remove the connector(s) to your headlight and then you have to kind of take the fairing at a small angle and left or right and get it past one of the passing lights.

IMO putting it back on is more of a pain in the arse.  As you have to align up the bottom 2 bolts and trust me when I say they can be dropped and lost.  This is where you want to be the most careful, they can drop down in the tray just below putting them on.   

When I put the fairing back on I line up the center bold on the fairing with no windshield, but dont tighten it. then install the 2 bolts under the handgrips, again LOOSE then line up the 2 bottom bolts.  Helps if you have an extra set of hands to hold it in place, but not necessary just useful.

Once you have done it once it will be no big deal.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 10:44:35 AM »

I agree with Unbalanced

 But the only thing I would do differant is : The top center screw is the last to come off and as harry said the first to go on  :2vrolijk_21:

 This will hold the fairing on till you are ready to remove it and hold it on till you are ready to align it and replace all screws  :drink:

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« Last Edit: March 30, 2010, 11:29:19 AM by 110 Mofo »
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 11:24:44 AM »

Go to Auto parts store and get a screw holder, it slides on to the shaft of the torx or screw driver and holds the screw on the head of the driver.  For me the lower left one is the PITA.  I don't know where the bugger goes when it drops, there must be a black holes in the fork tube.  I have four extras on the work bench as spares.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 11:35:37 AM »

Are the screws Magnetised? I'm sure if they are it would still be good to get something stronger to hold onto them.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 11:38:58 AM »

Are the screws Magnetised? I'm sure if they are it would still be good to get something stronger to hold onto them.
No, it's a little spring grabber that slides on the shaft of the driver and hold the screw to the head of the driver.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010, 11:47:22 PM »

I use a magnetic screw driver(torx bit driver). Is that cheeting?? :P
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 11:52:15 PM »

A magnetic something somewhere is mandatory for those bottom screws.  Damn things just disappear in to a stealth abyss when they fall.  I don't mess with them though.

I toss the screws the first time I take an e-glide fairing off that I'll ever have to have off again.  Replace them with an appropriate length piece of all thread.  The threaded rod makes aligning them in to the holes during reassembly much easier.  No screws to start blindly and screw up the threaded inserts with.  And the nuts you now start using never get dropped like the screws always did as the nuts are inside the head of the nut driver.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010, 12:20:38 AM »

now THAT is a really GOOD idea

thanks

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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2010, 12:23:46 AM »

now THAT is a really GOOD idea

thanks

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It saves me time and frustration every time I have the fairing off.  And the fairing has been off the red bike at least 56,000,000 times.  Only thing to pay extra attention to is during reassembly.  Just want to make sure you haven't captured a harness with one of the studs and are then pinching it between inner and outer.  It's easy to see if you have and simple to reach down and reposition.  Just something to keep an eye out for.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 06:40:32 AM »

The only thing I will ad is to start every screw by finger as they are easy to cross thread.  They should turn in every turn easily and you shouldn't have to use a bit "to make them go".
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2010, 09:01:58 AM »

A magnetic something somewhere is mandatory for those bottom screws.  Damn things just disappear in to a stealth abyss when they fall.  I don't mess with them though.

I toss the screws the first time I take an e-glide fairing off that I'll ever have to have off again.  Replace them with an appropriate length piece of all thread.  The threaded rod makes aligning them in to the holes during reassembly much easier.  No screws to start blindly and screw up the threaded inserts with.  And the nuts you now start using never get dropped like the screws always did as the nuts are inside the head of the nut driver.
HOW in the world did ya get to be so danged smart???  THAT is a killer idea.
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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2010, 09:23:39 AM »

HOW in the world did ya get to be so danged smart???  THAT is a killer idea.
Probably because he's been inside that fairing 56,000 times.... just sayin'. :huepfenlol2: :huepfenlol2:

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Re: Front Fairing Removal
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 09:26:28 AM »

HOW in the world did ya get to be so danged smart???  THAT is a killer idea.

From 2Lane and Hd-dude of course.  Did this on my old bike but not on the 10..  

If you don't want to do the allthread, go to the hardware store and get four 1/4" allen screws.  It will take 2 short ones and 2 long ones to get the right length you need.  Just screw the 1st one in with loctite and screw the second one in over it with loctite.  That way you don't have to cut any all thread.

Then get two 1/4" plastic nuts and your done.
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