i have a competition werkes fender eliminator on my 05 right now, which i hate, i always loved the stock look. I found and bought a OEM fender from one of the members on this board, and i though it was gonna be a easy install. I dont know why, but when it comes to bikes i always break something, or mess something up. Going back to my first bike i bought in 2004, it was a brand new off the lot 04 gixxer, and in my first oil change i managed to strip the thread while screwing in the oil drain bolt. Anyways, Half way into taking the rear fairing off i break one of the screws the hold it in place (by the front of the seat). To make a long story short i just installed the rear fender using the old brackets that were already there so i did not have to remove the rear tail fairing. And ducked tape the wires and tucked them into the rear fender itself by where the license plate light is. Anyways im thru with this crap, anybody know how much i independant shop will charge me to reinstall/rewire this thing? Im gonna call around tommorrow, but just wondering what to expect, price wise.
well, just like i knew would happen, i screwed up.
woke up today on my day off and said to myself "hey i can do this!" got all my tools and went to work, when i took the rear cowl off, there were so many freakin wires all over the place, it was a disaster zone. The previous owner did a freakin mess. And to complicate things he also had installed a power commander AND a scorpio alarm, so there soooo many wires all over the place, different batched zipped tied together and i could not identify CRAP. The only wire i could find was the left turn signal wire, thats it. So i got pissed and just took the damn OEM fender off and stayed with the competition werkes fender eliminator. And just when i put everything together, i noticed when i was done there was a nice gap between the tail light and the muffler, before there was no gap, it was pretty flush to the muffler, so i went ahead and took the rear cowl off again and preceeded to try and work it back in back to how it was but for some reason its not lining up. So now im really pissed.
Oh and also my license plate light stopped working a few weeks ago, though it was the LED that came with the kit, bought a replacedment one from competition werkes and still nothing. So i took the opportunity that i was already taking stuff apaer and checked all the fuses in the fuse box on the left fairing and they are all good. I followed the wires from the license plate light to the stock wiring, and it was all good, i even cut them again and cut of some fresh wiring, and still nothing.
So i threw in the towel and called my local bike mechanic and im taking it in this saturday so he can install the OEM fender back, find the problem with why my license plate light stopped working, and hopefully get rid of most of the excess wiring thats bulking up my damn bike. I asked him for a price and he says he has to see it first. Hes usually good with prices, im loyal to him so he cuts me a break every now and then
Oh and my battery is dead. Guess its time for a new one, its been acting up lately since it started getting cold, and i rode my bike just 3 days ago and today i tried to start the bike and the battery already, it has gone dead, i guess its time for a new one.
Well this for the most part doesn't seem like it was your fault, with the minimal tech that you said you have I wouldn't expect you to be able to id wires that had a crazy jack job on them. Although its fairly simple it can easily get complicated if the previous owner FIFA crazy jack job using all the same color wire or who knows what.
Since your taking it to get done I would def have it fixed the right way I would ask him to heat shrink everything as well so it looks factory. Let us know how it plays out
i took it to my mechanic last night, final verdict, $125. He said he would also have to to make it so that the stock blinkers blink along with the IT blinker. He said its for the best that he puts it that way, but anyways, hes a good mechanic, had his shop for ages, honest and fair, and even before he mentioned it i was gonna ask him anyways if i can have them both light up. Hes also gonna look into and fix why the license plate light stopped working, being as its most likely a wiring issue since no fuses are blown. I also asked him to clean up all that damn wiring and make it look more descent.
Whatever, u know i dont mind spending money on my bike. This is not changing the oil where its straight up and simple, this is complicated electric issue, so the money spent is justified. Maybe if it did not have a alarm and power commander wired into everything, i might have been able to do it myself, but i dont want to screw something up and mess up the wiring for the alarm, or the wiring for the power commander and start running super rich or something.
I almost got my bike exactly how i want it, next step if the dual headlight mod. Im still not sure if i want to tackle that one myself, being as its another electrical thing. I wish somebody would youtube the instructions for it