What exactly holds the front cowl in place? Is it just the heli bar? I was wondering if it was possible to re-thread the mouting holes on the frame? Would there be problems, since the frame is aluminum?
My front end is so loose that it shakes like crazy at high speeds. I went over a bump on the road today and the left air duct popped out of place. I have the Clymer's manual, but it's really vague on the mounting locations of the cowl. Thanks
04-08-2002, 12:09 AM
What part is loose ? I had a problem with my ram air tubes popping out all the time . I made sure the fairing support bar was tight but could not figure out the problem. One of the gixxer members sugested the headlight mount may be broken. Sure enough the whole cowl bolts to the headlight which sits in two support holes then bolts to the upper on top. The two upper headlight to metal bracket bolts had snapped off. I just safety wired the headlight to the metal bracket behind the gauge cluster and have not had any problems since. My bike has never been wrecked so it must be just a design flaw .
It's the support bar, I can't bolt it down tight because the threads inside the mounting hole (on the frame) is stripped. But I'll definately check the headlight area too.
04-08-2002, 07:41 AM
If you snap the screws off of the headlight. You are in for some fun. The screws keep the upper nice and tight to the gauge mount. Without it you are going to have the ducts bounce. Then the upper fairing will bounce. My upper fairing mount gave on a road trip... graemlins/crying.gif
I finally decided to drill out the remainder of where the screws go through the gauges mount into the headlight and zip tied it.
[ 04-08-2002, 09:13 AM: Message edited by: kidphc ]
04-08-2002, 09:49 AM
Yeah, the guys are right about the headlight holding it on. The fairing stay mostly just supports the mirrors and the very upper part of the fairing, but definently not the whole front cowling. The fairing stay is also rubber mounted, so even if it is tightened down, it still moves back and forth a little bit.
Check where the headlight assembly mounts, I bet that either the mount had broken, or the screw might have pulled through the grommet.