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Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:14:18 pm »
Folks -

As we head full-on into fall, I am starting to think about winter projects.  I have a whole crap-load of stuff that I plan on doing to my "new" 2006. 

Most of what I will be doing will either require, or be greatly simplified by the removal of the fairing.  When I went thru this on my '95, I followed the procedure as outlined in Clymer.  If you aren't aware, Clymer's method removes the fairing with the underlying frame work.  Subsequently, I have seen many on this forum that remove the plastic while leaving the framework installed on the bike.

Which is better?  What are the advantages/drawbacks to one vs. the other? 

Thanks! 
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2015, 07:29:54 pm »
"Better" is subjective, but after screwing with both of mine for the last couple of weeks, I can tell you which is definitely easier...  leave the framework alone!  Once you take the middle fairings off, and the inside fairings (the black pieces with the pockets), getting the upper fairing off becomes pretty simple.  And considering what a mediocre mechanic I am, that is really saying something.

Check the tech pages, I'm pretty sure I found a step by step procedure. 
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2015, 10:05:30 pm »
Before you take it off make sure you have a clear path to set it down once you get it loose from the frame
IIRC disassembling goes
Lower and mid fairing
gas tank
Inner fairings
windshield
dash
instrument panel
disconnect headlight and turn signals
main fairing from frame
I have no idea about anything.
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2015, 10:29:41 pm »
Another vote for leaving the main fairing stay attached.

I modified the parts list removal as given above to what I do.  Mirrors have to come off too, but not necessarily the instrument cluster.

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Lower and mid fairing
gas tank
Inner fairings
windshield
dash
MIRRORS
instrument panel (not needed on 94-06, don't think 86-94 requires it either)
disconnect headlight and turn signals
main fairing from frame
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The main fairing comes off the fairing stay with:
 - 4 nuts attached to 2 U-bolts up by the mirrors
 - 2 bolts at the lower rear corners of the main fairing stay.
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2015, 02:11:25 am »
If I just need to get the main fairing off, here's how I do it.

1) Get the radio playing in the garage.
2) Remove belly pan and side fairing panels.
3) Remove inner fairings.
4) Remove wind screen.
5) Remove dash piece, being careful with the clock wiring.
6) Remove turn signal lamps and wires from the front turn signals.
7) Remove two lower fairing mounting bolts, one on each side.
8 ) Remove mirrors.
9) Unplug headlight wire.
10) Remove two upper fairing u-bolts, using one hand to hold the fairing while the other does the work.
11) Place the fairing on the blanket nobody told you to preposition before this moment in time.

If you're careful, you can do this without executing step 2.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2015, 12:46:55 am by Charlie_Gary_NWAD »
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2015, 10:42:34 am »
If I just need to get the main fairing off, here's how I do it.
1) Get the radio playing in the garage.
2) Remove belly pan and side fairing panels.
6) Remove turn signal lamps and wires from the front turn signals.
If you're careful, you can do this without executing step 2.

Step 1 is critical; good call!   :great: 

I was wondering if you could remove the upper fairing without taking off the other Tupperware (Step 2).  I thought maybe; but I never tried it. 

One question regarding Step 6: Is removing the turn signal lamps just a precaution?  All I do is unplug the turn signal assemblies from their wiring harnesses.
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2015, 09:13:51 am »
Step 1a - a soft towel over your clean front fender.  A little tape to hold it - bonus points.

To repost an idea someone else here posted before -

Get some cardboard like maybe pizza box style.

Sketch an outline of each body panel, and place the screws into the sketch so as to resemble where they came from so when it's time to re-assemble the panel, the assorted screw lengths will be easy to figure.

I tried to do it from memory, which turned into trial and error, and

 :-\ :-[ :truce: :(

Got it done, at least in the 80 to 90 percentile range, maybe?

« Last Edit: October 13, 2015, 09:29:27 am by Bucky »


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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2015, 11:05:11 am »
I think there's a step missing...  Maybe:

"0: Crack open a beer."

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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2015, 12:58:05 am »
If I just need to get the main fairing off, here's how I do it.
1) Get the radio playing in the garage.
2) Remove belly pan and side fairing panels.
6) Remove turn signal lamps and wires from the front turn signals.
If you're careful, you can do this without executing step 2.

Step 1 is critical; good call!   :great: 

I was wondering if you could remove the upper fairing without taking off the other Tupperware (Step 2).  I thought maybe; but I never tried it. 

One question regarding Step 6: Is removing the turn signal lamps just a precaution?  All I do is unplug the turn signal assemblies from their wiring harnesses.

That's what I meant to imply with what I wrote.
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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2018, 02:33:48 am »
I just finished removing the upper fairing and tank and instrument cluster removal are not necessary.

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Re: Upper fairing removal - How do YOU do it?
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2018, 03:11:03 am »
I think there's a step missing...  Maybe:

"0: Crack open a beer."

"A" beer? Surely you jest.  :D  :beerchug:
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