Installing a fairing with "tip-over" guards..
I have a Honda CBR F4i and my right side fairing ripped off clean on the highway cause it didn't have all the bolts!!
I just bought a new fairing but i need to drill a hole for the rubber "tip-over" guard pegs that is installed on the bike.
I dont want to drill a hole and it doesn't fit or just ruin my newly bought fairing. I want to get this fixed without spending very little or no money and would like to do it myself if possible.
What is the correct/accurate way of drilling a hole for the ubber "tip-over" guard pegs?
Also my drill tips aren't big enough, is it possible to somehow make a hole without buying a new drill tip? (Maybe make three holes and cutting/sanding down the rest?)
If I should just take it somewhere, where could I go to get this done if this is the best choice (Near UBC or Downtown vancouver)? Do i have to make any measurements before I take it there and how? How much do you think its gonna be?
Thanks in advance!
search for installing frame sliders. they are quite easy to install. basically all you need is a marker, some putty, or laser point to a mark a hole on the fairing and cut it with a circular drill bit bought from home depot. the hardest part really is lining up the hole to cut,
here is the first google search page I found, it uses the playdo method:
here's a great thread on here:http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...=frame+sliders
Last edited by Jaybo; 10-16-2009 at 09:35 PM.
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Thanks a lot for the response,
Originally Posted by Jaybo
Just to confirm the steps I need to take is,,,
1) Take my "tip-over" guard or "sliders" off, put the bolt back
2) Install the new fairing with some Playdo on the inside of the fairing around where the bolt should be.
3) Remove the new fairing, now with an imprint of the bolt on the playdo,
4) Drill a pilot hole in the center of the imprint,
5) Make a quick check to be sure the pilot hole is centered,
6) Drill the main hole for the "slider" using the pilot hole to center the hole,
7) Install the fairing,
8) Remove the bolt, install the slider and tighten the bolt using a torque wrench.
Correct? Also I am assuming it is very important to use the torque wrench due to the vibrations of the engine which could loosen the bolt? Just tightening it "very hard" would be very very bad??
If I HAVE TO purchase a torque wrench, where is the cheapest place to purchase a torque wrench near UBC or Downtown? (How much should I be thinking?)
Also I should look at the service manual for the required 'tightening strength', correct? ... I just lost my service manual few days ago... anyone know where i can find a Honda Cbr 600 f4I Service Manual? I'm 2001...
Last edited by jh_1988; 10-16-2009 at 11:03 PM.
If you over tighten the bolt you risk damaging the part that it threads into. I'm guessing that this slider attaches to an aluminum bit too so it may not be able to tolerate being done up "very hard".
If you want to do the bolt up accurately then you do need a torque wrench. I'm guessing from your post that your a student of some kind hence you're broke. The bad news is that torque wrenches go from around $50 for a basic model to $200-$500 for a well made, durable, accurate, instrument. Do you think you will be doing an increasing amount of mechanical work on your bike? Then perhaps you should invest a few dollars in a torque wrench. You may well do just fine with the $50 wrench. I spent a few dollars more on mine but I like to pretend that I am an engine builder. Professional mechanics can justify spending at the upper end of the scale because they use the tools every day to deliver a quality product.
An alternative may be to visit EMS.
They are in South Van and may be able to help you out or at least torque a bolt for you. It doubt it'll be for free but it might cost less than $50. Good luck. Also, if shit is falling off your bike on the highway you might want to take a quick look at other areas:
- Are your shift lever and brake lever securely fastened
- Is you chain lubed and correctly adjusted
- Are your brake pads in good shape and is the lever firm
- Is your tire pressure correct
The things that you can laugh about happening in a car are more likely to kill you if they happen on a bike. Flat tires, loose lug nuts, LARGE BODY PANELS FALLING OFF, etc.
But shit happens, I lost a muffler off my bike once. Live and learn
Almost forgot, Loctite can help too. It's a kind of special adhesive that you apply sparingly to the bolt threads before you screw the bolt in. It dries and can help prevent the bolt from backing out. There are many different kinds of Loctite. Ask the sales person at Lordco or Canadian Tire or whatever for help choosing.
Last edited by nickridiculous; 10-17-2009 at 07:52 AM.
Thanks for the response,,,
Originally Posted by nickridiculous
Yea I'm trying to go to school at the moment,, lol
I knew it was that expensive was just hoping for a different answer lol,, damnn
I probably will be using the torque wrench only once lol
and cant bring it to EMS cause I got my license suspended for 3 years lol.
Guess I better make a post to ask someone if I can borrow someones near UBC cause the bikes ther lol.
The problem that happend to me was I totally forgot to screw the front bolts that bolts with the front fairing (only had one big main one near the slider and I guess the air drag was too much on the highway,
I just felt my right leg pull back for a sec, didn't even know what happend till I got off and inspected it lol whewwwww
Anyone know what kind of screwdriver tip i need to purchase for the engine mount bolt and the other bolt for fairing??