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Symmetry is relative. The panels are completely different from one side of the bike to the other.
If you were making a product, where a customer has to drill precision holes for its installation, wouldn't you at least try to make it visually symmetric so that it matched in looks for both sides?
I don't think Woodcraft or any of the other frame slider companies pay enough attention to the specifics of their products and basically just make a bunch of garbage that doesn't quite fit. Some details are important. Generic, across all sportbike realms of fitment simply doesn't cut it.
The frame sliders should be even from the fairings in the amount they stick out so that it looks somewhat better than that. One shouldn't just barely stick out a quarter of an inch while the other is out an inch. Woodcraft has tons of tools, and personnel, why can't they do it better?
Good that you contacted them. Have to say it's not wise to just shim out with washers, it will,reduce the bolt length inside the slider, creating potential for other problems.
If you're that anal about them sticking out the same length, the longer one looks ok, the shorter one seems too short. Measure the length you want it to be and just have another made for you out of Delrin at a machine shop. Should be next to nothing to turn a piece of plastic to match.
And Woodcraft isn't far from the mark in stating that sometimes the sliders are too long and catch and snap. At least they try, so that improves their grade for effort. Unfortunately, it's the rarest of occasions which allow that to be a totality in review.
Or you could just send it back to Woodcraft with specific length change criteria, telling them why the product doesn't meet expectations. They could easily find or make one to fit your bike. If I worked there, I'd do it, no problem.
Last edited by Shoichiro_Honda; 06-21-2012 at 11:51 PM.
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