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03 race fairing fitting
I bought some race fairings for a 4 day track event in Spain. I've fitted them all ok-ish, although the upper fairing cracked slightly in one place. I've had to bend and stretch and cut bits off all over the place to get it to fit. Easiest was the belly pan which went on easy if I did the left side first, and wouldn't go on at all if I did the right side first.
I had to glue a chunk of wood into the nose to screw a box of electrics that normally screws into the headlight assembly onto, and I have a nest of cables sliding around the nose cone as well. They too normally attach to the headlight unit. I haven't started fitting the screen yet, but I think that should be quite easy. I also want to fit crash bungs, but the instructions say to loosen the nut on the far side of the forward engine bolt and I can't for the life of me figure out how when I only have three inches of space if that and the sodding thing is stuck fast.
Now I'm stuck on the seat/tail section. The street fairings have 3 pieces to the one single race fiaring bit. I have two issues with this piece.
Firstly there is no padded seat or anything, and it won't fit because of the hooks and suchlike to attach the original seat (I think). In any case the only option I can see is to cut away a huge chunk in the middle of the fairing to allow the original seat to fasten down the same way as it does with the street fairing. Which begs the question, why did they put fibreglass in that section of the fairing, and then bother to reinforce it too, if it ought to be cut away?
The second issue is that the darn thing won't fit. Under where the "passenger seat", which removes with the race fairings and so has all sorts of hooks and lock and stuff, is a black plastic tray. The fairing curves well under where this tray is and the tray is wide as well. I can't slide the fairing on under/around the tray because of other bits sticking out in various places - it just won't fit. I can't flex the fairing out and round to clip round because it's just too wide. The street fairing was a struggle to get off, and it's almost completely open underneath. So my only option looks to be to cut off the side wings on the underside of the fairing. Another big modification that makes me wonder if there isn't a reason for why the fairing is the shape it is. Also it almost looks as if the black plastic tray should be removable.
The whole project has taken me two and a half days so far and time is running out. I've still got to clean, undercoat, allow 24 hours drying, and then paint the damn thing, and I've only got until Tuesday off work. It's going to be very close.