Removed/replaced lower fairing for the 4th(?) time
Remove/replaced lower fairing for the 4th(?) time
After this latest oil change on my 2009 CBR1000RR I just replaced the lowers for about the 4th or 5th time.
(No, you DON'T have to take the middle cowls off to do your oil. I had about 5K on the Repsol 10W-40 that was in there, more than usual. BECAUSE THIS PROCESS SUCKS!!!)
And here are some useful tips for you... (before I go any further, I don't want to forget to mention I have front and rear stands, and I go out of my way to put the bike up on both stands to do my oil changes. The xtra height makes it a lot easier.)
1) When you disassemble the lower, you only have to take off 4 allen screws - 2 of them, farthest back on each side, go into aluminum and have that built in flange. When re-assembling you need to snug these up pretty good. The other two nearer the engine covers go into the rubber mounts with the metal inserts. Go really easy w/ these. Stop turning after you feel resistance.
2) When you pull the lower off, you pull backwards and on a downward angle. Pull GENTLY. Knock it with your knuckles where it attaches, and shimmy it up and down and left and right as you tug. Chances are there's a lot of road grime and pebbles and stuff in there. It sticks. Put something under the bike to soften when the pastic hits the ground. I use big old flat styrofoam pieces.
3) Clean the plastic very well after you take it apart - all the grooves, tabs and slots. Uppers too. Use Pledge if you're in a hurry, or a papertowel with a little bit of engine oil on it, or do it right with Dawn and a sponge. It's really important to get the nose of that lower cowl really clean. It's very three -dimensional the way it fits, so make sure you check all sides.
4) Lube the hell out of the tabs and slots on both the lower and the uppers. This time I used NAPA Sil-Glyde. Worked great. For every surface, tab and slot use a tiny bit. Makes a BIG difference.
5) When you put the lower back on, before you attempt to fit it, attach the one allen bolt on the left side near the kickstand. Of course, don't tighten it, just screw it enough that it holds the fairing. Stay on that side of the bike and lay down on your side. (Once again, old styrofoam, cardboard, or foam floor tiles work great to makes this comfortable.) Before you go crazy with the Rubik's Cube puzzle (the middle where the lower meets the two uppers) you have to fit the telescoping strut over the engine cover. After I do that part, and making sure it stays put, I reach in with my left hand to support the bottom, and work the upper and lower together with both hands. Feel around the bottom - there's a horizontal tab that has to go in before any of the rest of it. Tilt it back and forth gently, squeezing and playing with it. It's a complex fit, and there's absolutely no substitute for experience here. But doing it from the left side first with that one bolt in, and remembering the strut goes in first, will save you some aggravation.
6) Once you get the left side (kickstand side) together, carefully (like the bomb squad) release your grip on it and go lay down on the other side of the bike. Fit the high telescoping tab on the right first, like before, and complete the puzzle on the right side bottom, using two hands and keeping the assembled side from popping out. When you finally get it together correctly, and you'll know by the tight seams and because the very bottom will be perfectly smooth, no exposed tabs, you'll need to babysit the fit while you attach the screw on the right side nearest the engine cover. (the soft mount one) I actually was lifting my leg to steady my left hand holding the T-wrench while holding the cowls with my right, laying on my side... RIDICULOUS.
The soft mount screw will hold the cowls together while you go back around to the left side and put in the soft mount one there. The last one that goes in is the hard mount by the exhaust pipe. Then don't forget to tighten the chain side bolt last.
This process is much harder than it should be. "STUPID HARD" , not stupid hurts, should be Honda's slogan these days.
2009 CBR Repsol, 2nd owner
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