Got my package from www.ema-usa.com
today. Opened the box and said hello to my new R&G frame sliders and R&G Tail Tidy. So I spent a few hours of my Friday night working on my bike while ignoring my cell phone...note to self: never tell friends that you need to work on your bike on a Friday night because they will not stop bothering you and giving you sh*t.
Anyways, first up were the frame sliders. They fit like a glove and to me, were money well spent. I love the R&G's because they look different from the standard, generic looking round pucks. The brackets are very sturdy looking (more sturdy than my old Vortex brackets) and fit perfectly onto the frame. On a side note, I noticed that my '07 is much easier to work on than my old '03...probably because the fairings seem to cooperate much better and there is less usage of those stupid plastic screws. Anyways, I've included a few pics of the bracket and slider installed.
The R&G Tail Tidy was a pretty straight forward install with good directions. Just a heads up though...they do NOT come with signals and the stock ones look lame on it. Picked up a couple of aftermarket LED's like these http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...X_LA1&tier2=14
which not only match the R&G brakelight, but are also very bright. I'm using the shorter ones BTW. As far the the brakelight itself, I feel safe in saying that it's DEFINITELY bright enough to where I am NOT compromising my own safety for looks. There is a stock rubber grommet that you should reuse for the replacement signals. The kit even came with crimps for the brakelight (you'll need four more for the signals though). The silver colored heat shields will have to go as soon as I get my CF Yoshi in a few days. Anyways, cleaned up the wires with some electrical tape and tadaaa!!!
As for the front signals, I bought a pair of the LP Short Stalk LED's from my local shop. I'm too impatient to wait for the Gregg's. Anyways, these are much smaller and shapely than the stock frog-eyes. They look exactly like these: http://www.competitionwerkes.com/Cat..._4_2627427.htm
. I was only able to find dual filaments (which basically means that they come with two wires). The stock assembly uses three wires: one for the signal to blink, one for the signal to remain on as a running light, and one for the ground. Because these LP's came with only two wires, I had to choose between using them as running lights or using them as signals. The way I see it, my headlight does more than enough as a running light soooo...signal it is!!! Anyways, they go on very easily and you don't even need to remove the fairing. All you need is a socket wrench to remove the stock ones, cut the wires (preserve as much wire as possible since it's better to have more than not enough), splice in the new LP's, and screw them onto the fairings with the provided nuts...
One thing that is driving me crazy is that I can't get my damn bar ends off!!! The screws must be frozen onto the bar-ends themselves because I can't budge them. I'm about to go to the dealer and pay them to install my Renthals...how lame is that?!? Anyways, read from Paul's thread about how much he liked the Renthals so decided to go for the change. I have small hands so the smaller diameter might work better for me.
Here's a shot of my bike after installing the new stuff, removing the silver stickers from the front and tail, removing the reflectors from the forks and tail (I NEVER ride at night), removing the passenger pegs, installing the solid black PUIG double bubble (read too many stories of melting guages...this one is completely solid so you can't see through it at all which is okay because I never look through my screen during a speed tuck anyways). If you're wondering what that white thing is on the black fairing, it's just a decal (felt like I needed something there after I removed the CBR stickers).
Now I'm just waiting for my Yoshi CF, Pazzo levers, and seat cowl (should be here within a few days). Then a PCIII, Gilles rearsets (if they ever come out with some), some BSK wheels, Galfer wave rotors and brake lines...got a few trackdays starting in May so no time to waste!!!