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i recommend not doing it unless you're a very patient person. it's easier when you know how to do it, but it's still a pain in comparison the the previous models. the entire ram air portion has to come off with it. once the fairing is actually loose, you have to disconnect an electrical connector as well as a vacuum line. there's a panel on the inside that has to come off as well as the panel underneath the nose. not a fun affair, but if anyone is planning on tackling it, i can try to give some pointers. i was expecting it to be fairly simple like my '06, but not so much!
 

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i recommend not doing it unless you're a very patient person. it's easier when you know how to do it, but it's still a pain in comparison the the previous models. the entire ram air portion has to come off with it. once the fairing is actually loose, you have to disconnect an electrical connector as well as a vacuum line. there's a panel on the inside that has to come off as well as the panel underneath the nose. not a fun affair, but if anyone is planning on tackling it, i can try to give some pointers. i was expecting it to be fairly simple like my '06, but not so much!

ok i need to knwo EVERYTHING.. my 08 is getting paint work and i need how to get those off, b/c the painter might break something so i am pulling them off and putting them back on to avoid BS.. let me know..sounds complicated..
 

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i recommend not doing it unless you're a very patient person. it's easier when you know how to do it, but it's still a pain in comparison the the previous models. the entire ram air portion has to come off with it. once the fairing is actually loose, you have to disconnect an electrical connector as well as a vacuum line. there's a panel on the inside that has to come off as well as the panel underneath the nose. not a fun affair, but if anyone is planning on tackling it, i can try to give some pointers. i was expecting it to be fairly simple like my '06, but not so much!
Yeah thanks for letting us know. Almost tried to take it off to get it out of my face doing an oil change. Glad I didnt!
 

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Haha....I just did mine over the weekend for an oil change, and yes you must be very patient. I was okay getting the mid off and back on, but then getting the lower all lined up on both sides was a small challenge.
 

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It's really not that bad.There are fewer screws than the old bike, and many more tabs. It kind of folds apart. I was'nt looking forward to doing it, but it was easier than I expected. Yes, you need some patience, but anyone can do it. Here is a step by step;

First remove these four bolts.



Then remove the three snap clips from the inner cover. Just push a phillips head screwdriver or something else pointy into the center of the clip and it will release.



Here's the cover once it's been removed.



Next, remove the two plastic phillips head clips inside the front fairing. On the right side shown here it's not necessary to remove the rear one, but on the left side you must because the wiring harness runs behind it.



Then give the ram air intake duct a tug toward the outside. It should pop free. I've previously removed the flapper valves, vacuum cylinders and plugs, so they're not shown. Simply unplug the vacuum hose and connector and it will be free.



Then pull the ram air duct free from the airbox where it passes through the frame. It may take a hard tug.



Then move to the bottom of the fairing. Pull the rear of the black aft fairing outward and unseat the tab from the mid fairing.



Then, right behind the front wheel you need to pop the tab loose shown with the arrow by pulling the mid fairing forward. Then it will all slide apart and you are ready to do the other side. It's almost exactly the same.



To put them back on, it all slips together rather easily. Just reverse the order of these steps. It seems pretty tough, but after having them off a few times, it only takes a couple of minutes to take them off.

If any one else has any tips, let's hear them.
 

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i think that pretty much sums it up. i had a problem getting the ram air tubes lined back up, then the gasket didn't want to go back on, so i ended up doing it about 5 times before getting it back together right
 

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Big time thanks BigSwede!!! I tried pulling of the mid when I changed the oil and one of the very flimsy clips on the top right snapped off so I stopped. Doesn't seem to affect anything but does annoy the piss out of me. Your pics will help a whole bunch.
 

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i think that pretty much sums it up. i had a problem getting the ram air tubes lined back up, then the gasket didn't want to go back on, so i ended up doing it about 5 times before getting it back together right
+1 I got so mad trying to get the ram air lined back up. It is a pain with it conected to the fairing.
 

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i think that pretty much sums it up. i had a problem getting the ram air tubes lined back up, then the gasket didn't want to go back on, so i ended up doing it about 5 times before getting it back together right
Excellent post. Iwas changing the oil and I thought I will try to take the side fairing apart. I gave up. But your post is very helpfull. I will tackle this next time.
 

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thanks a mnillion for the visual aid..:thumbsup: my 08 is going to get custom painted starting tommorow and i have to remove the fairings at the shop..:th_salute:
 

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Two words describe the intake/front & side fairing junction:

Hirishima's revenge. :cussing:

In over 30 years of wrenching it is without a doubt the most frustrating, over engineered design I have ever seen.

Rubick's cube was easier the first time.
 

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big will this be the same for an 06?
 
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