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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    I'll try to get to the rest tonight but I did install the rear cowl(?) and it was a perfect fit. I'm telling you, especially from the back of them they look exactly like the OEM fairings. Also, the depth and color and quality of the paint itself looks amazing. All I can say is that I'm more than pleased.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Only thing I have to say is get a REALLY good heat shield material where the exhaust runs. OEM plastic is more resistant to heat than some of the Chinese stuff. The P.O. of my ZX 12 didn't do a good job insulating the bottom fairings and they were rippled from heat (mind you, that allowed me to get the bike really cheapo !!!!!) Isn't it funny how much fun you can have with a bike that didn't cost an arm and a leg?
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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Quote Originally Posted by 2000Blubird View Post
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    Commrad - you get yours from the same seller as Dave?
    No, I'll have to dig up the old thread to find out who the seller mine were. After several emails with the guy I bought mine from he told me that there was only one supplier for the injection molded fairings. The others are vacuum formed from a cheap ABS and the holes are hand drilled without a jig, just where ever they think the hole should be. He also explained that any mounting lugs (which the bird doesn't use) that snaps into a rubber grommet are glued on by hand and not made to the fairing.

    The reasons I chose the guy I bought from where that 1: he used primer, not just paint on the fairing 2: he used urethane paint and clear coat 3: he uses automotive grade, UV resistant clear. I did pay more for them and he normally only lists one or two colors in his store but he will paint any color you want.

    I know he wasn't lying about primer. My wife knocked mine over and you can see the primer under with the new found rash.

    Like already mentioned the ones I received look just like OEM on the inside, including Honda part numbers. The seller told me the place that makes the injected fairings used OEM parts to make the molds and the holes were actually part of the mold. That is why I had to clean a few of them up, there was still flash from the mold process. This is probably why mine needed a few heat cycles to fit correctly. The fairings they used probably sat on a shelf and got a little flattened before the mold was made.

    They are actually a little thicker than the factory fairings by a fraction of a mm and are flexible enough not to break in a tip over.

    Mine also seem pretty heat resistant. There is one spot that is VERY close the the exhaust and it did melt slightly, not so much that you can really tell but it basically just shaped it's self to the exhaust and didn't burn like cheap stuff.
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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Wow Dave, thanks for the pics! Look forward to hearing any info you experiance. Sweet!

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Alright, not sure if I mentioned it but this set came with the black plastic trim pieces too. So, I was about to finish tonight but realized that my solution for insulation wasn't going to work. Nonetheless, the fit, including all the black plastic trim is perfect. All in all I'd say I'm quite surprised at the high quality of this kit. Does anyone have ideas for insulation? I'm going to do some searching right now.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveJB View Post
    Alright, not sure if I mentioned it but this set came with the black plastic trim pieces too. So, I was about to finish tonight but realized that my solution for insulation wasn't going to work. Nonetheless, the fit, including all the black plastic trim is perfect. All in all I'd say I'm quite surprised at the high quality of this kit. Does anyone have ideas for insulation? I'm going to do some searching right now.

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    imagine that at wally world even

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    don't use dynamat. It is a HEAVY sound dampening product. I used it extensively in cars years ago when I liked loud music.. well, I still do but not to the point I need dynamat to keep my car from sounding like a tin can being dragged down a dirt road.

    You want something more like this. Much lighter and the metalized surface reflects radiant heat instead of absorbing it like dynamat does.

    Thermo-Tec 13575 Heat Insulator Dimensions, One Year Limited Thermo-Tec Warranty - JCWhitney

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Oh yeah, the ones I ordered came with the dash trim panels as well. Those pieces are top notch and rival OEM.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Okay, after too much searching for OEM-like insulation, I settled on this. I wanted open cell foam facing the engine, like OEM, for that little bit of sound deadening and because, well, Honda did it that way. Thought it might keep a little more of those higher frequency engine sounds deadened a bit. However, whatever I found was too expensive compared to that above and once I thought about it, I never hear the engine run without ear plugs for more than a couple minutes. I'm deliberate and always "want to get it right" so I'm far from quick, but this project has taken MUCH longer than I expected.

    For the rest of you, do yourself a favor and have the insulation and adhesive ready to go on install day. Also, I was HUGELY slowed down by getting the headlight mounted in the new nose cone. Kind of hard to explain but the clips that receive the screws, after I moved them over, were no longer perfectly U-shaped (only because I didn't think it was that critical). So when I pressed the light assembly against the clips, the back side that holds the nut was at an angle and I couldn't get the screw started. Stuff that's all so damned obvious AFTER the fact. Also, made far more difficult by how awkward it is to both hold the light, the cone, and the tools.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveJB View Post

    headlight mounted in the new nose cone. Kind of hard to explain but the clips that receive the screws, after I moved them over, were no longer perfectly U-shaped (only because I didn't think it was that critical). So when I pressed the light assembly against the clips, the back side that holds the nut was at an angle and I couldn't get the screw started. Stuff that's all so damned obvious AFTER the fact. Also, made far more difficult by how awkward it is to both hold the light, the cone, and the tools.

    Welcome to the service world Dave,,,,

    just the same ol day to day thing for a service tech.
    observation and pay shunts, is one key
    the other key is a lot of swearing!

    Dave I see U purchased the red with a bit of Black on the bottom of the two side panels. NICE
    tell U what that Black on the bottom makes it look extreamly Fast

    think I'm going to get the Black with gold lettering....well someday....may just can spray paint up mine till then,
    recon them gouges and scrapings tends to give her character.

    Stex, out

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Indeed - I've been working on minibikes, lawnmowers, cars or motorcycles (my own, that is) for 30 years now and I'm still surprised when I... get surprised at how slow the going gets. Man, I think the only thing I haven't done to a car is mess with the internals of a transmission.

    Yes, check my avatar. From the side that paint job looks sick to me, but I didn't want to have to repaint the tank. But I gotta tell you, as I was searching for fairings on ebay, when I saw these with black on the bottom, I actually was so fired up I got I got butterflies. I had never even looked at repainting the bike or getting fairings since I assumed it would cost well over a grand and there was nothing wrong with what I had. But man alive do I think that black on the bottom looks good.
    Last edited by DaveJB; 12-23-2014 at 6:25 PM.
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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Very Nice indeed Dave,,,,very Nice.
    Stex

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Why not just buy the oem heat shield, I replaced all mine this year and they are not too expensive from partzilla.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Well, if I had known a set would be $76 delivered (just checked) I would have considered it, but I think paying $33 and having that stuff delivered the next day is looking pretty good right now.

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    Re: got my Chinese-made replacement fairing set

    Just wanted to follow-up real quick. I think you're safe with this seller: they are clearly injection molded and every part fit very nicely. Be aware of the paint still being a little soft as I have a couple nicks from being careless. I couldn't possibly be happier with what I consider an upgraded paint job (the lower half of the fairings being black, the really deep rich color, and the all chrome stickers) for just $410 delivered!


 
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