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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« on: May 06, 2016, 01:45:12 pm »
I dropped my bike at 45 mph on the wet grass (thank goodness, either that or hit a pickup). The fairing supports are bent and the fairing is sitting on the bike, pushed in on the right side and out on the left (when sitting on the bike).

Are there any measurements or suggestions on how to bend the supports back into their original position besides eye balling?

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Re: Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2016, 11:46:34 am »
You'll probably never get the bracket perfect, after spending many hours of bending, putting the fairing on to test, taking it back off, bending some more, etc...  I finally called it good enough, but it takes a little fussing to get the fairings on. If I had to do it again, I'd spring for a new one.
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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2016, 03:43:02 pm »
Are there any measurements or suggestions on how to bend the supports back into their original position besides eye balling?


When I had my only low-speed, left-side slide on a grassy county curve at 15mph that produced similar results to yours, I only had eyeball measurements to consider.  I used brute force with pry bars to produce a realignment.

I was not able to find dimensional references for the bracket.  Your results on the web may turn out better.

This spring I eventually chose to buy a new fairing bracket with insurance money.

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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2016, 11:20:26 pm »
They can be a bear to straighten back up and have everything where it needs to be.

86-93 and 94-06 have different style fairing stay brackets.

I happen to have a straight non-crashed fairing stay from a 1990.

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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016, 01:55:26 pm »
I have a '99. I ended up using a digging bar to bend it back into position (or at least as close as I could get). If the plastics won't go back into place, will need to take a look for another one.

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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 02:55:38 pm »
I asked a similar question a few months ago after dumping the Connie on it's good side.  :-[

The general consensus was that you'll never get it back to 'true'. If that's important to you, buying a new replacement or getting one off a parted-out non-crashed bike are about the only options.

Even when perfect, I've noticed the tolerances between the fairing and the gas tank are pretty tight. After noticing my fairing was rubbing on the left side of my gas tank and marring the paint a few years back (before my first drop), I started looking at other C10s. Every one I checked had the same issue, regardless of whether they'd been dropped or not. I just bought a tank cover and called it good enough.
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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2016, 12:58:10 pm »
Well, the good news is that the top portion of the fairing fit with a little pulling and pushing. Does anyone know if this means the rest of the plastics will fit in place or just the top (haven't put it back together, still doing a lot of work that's much more accessible without the plastics)?

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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2016, 03:01:51 pm »
you'll want to mock it up to test it out before doing too much.
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Re: what's a good way to repair a fairing mount?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2016, 03:03:20 pm »
There's no way of knowing for certain until it's all together. In my case, all of the fairing fit reasonably well, except for right at the front tips of the side panels, they tend to overlap slightly.
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