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Hey guys/gals -
Received the painted bellypan from Motostyle on Wednesday.
Packaged very well for the trip and I think, looks great right out of the box.
It weighs next to nothing too!

Here are a few pictures before I started installation this morning.






And, outside this morning, getting ready for the installation.
Instructions/Directions from rz33v4 told me that it shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to install.
This is an accurate measurement - provided you have all the right tools available when you start.
I didn't really know what sizes sockets & such to use, so I'd get a few from my shop, bring them up front to the bike and trial 'n error.

That was my bad…
I'm not used to metric nomenclature otherwise, I would have had this thing on in the time frame.
I'm learning though.

Instructions are as follows and I didn't have any issues with the steps involved.
It is a bit tight (area-wise) to loosen/remove the lower exhaust bolts, but I think if you have a deep socket, it would work better.
I did, but didn't feel like walking back to the shop to get one. :)

Install:
1. Remove the horn and straight steel bracket, leaving the electrical leads connected. You won't need the stock fasteners, as new ones are supplied.
2. Remove the (2) front cylinder lower exhaust header nuts and retain.
3. Support the bellypan in its center with something so it's relatively close to the bottom of the engine
4. Relocate the horn/bracket assembly to the front of the forward bellypan bracket, using the drilled hole and fasteners. Make sure the brown-color mica insulating washer separates the horn bracket from the bellypan bracket. Make the horn bracket vertical and tighten fastener (carefully, so that the Mica washer is not cracked).
5. Raise the bellypan front bracket to the lower exhaust bolts and loosely tighten the nuts removed previously.
6. At the rear of the engine is the battery box, held up by (2) M6 bolts. Remove one at a time and replace with the struts supplied (see 1200 bellypan instructions on the website; it mounts the same way in the rear).
7. Raise the bellypan rear and loosely re-install the M6 bolts removed previously through the pan mounting holes. Check on the RH side to assure the cut-out provides clearance to the RH side exhaust valve.
8. Carefully tighten all nuts/bolts, including those button-head M5 hex bolts installed in the bellypan front side depressions.

Here you can see the lower exhaust bolts and the horn, neither had been loosened or removed.


Horn, still before removal.


Installed onto the bellypan bracket


Rear battery box bolts removed and replaced with the included struts


And, that's pretty much all you have to do.
I tightened it all up, per instructions and this (see next post) is what it looks like afterwards.
I am very pleased with the product.
I know some who will scoff at this addition, but, well, all that matters is that I like it.
And, I do.

A few more pictures in the next post...
 

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Man...I've got to get rid of those damn "wings" on the front...front turn signals gotta be replaced! :)

Extremely pleased with this purchase and everyone who has seen it, thinks it looks awesome!

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Very nice. I am considering the bellypan too. I have the Termis slip on on my bike and i am worried that the backend of the pan will touch the pipe. Anyone who knows if this is a problem?
You should get up with rv33v4 - I had numerous emails/PMs with him about the bellypan and fitment prior to purchase. I believe, if you check out their website motoStyle.com, you can see different aftermarket exhausts used with the bellypan.
 

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Any issues with the engine heat building up with the pan installed? Does the paint match? I am looking at one also...
No issues so far with heat. I stopped several times on the ride this past Saturday to check (by feel mostly) the front bracket area. Seemed ok.

There is clearance, about 19-20mm between the pan edge and exhaust. I think it will be fine.

Paint matches wonderfully.
 

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Termi SlipOn Exhaust Clearance

Very nice. I am considering the bellypan too. I have the Termis slip on on my bike and i am worried that the backend of the pan will touch the pipe. Anyone who knows if this is a problem?
Fortunately most of the slip-on mufflers rise in the side view as they progress rearward, so they move away from the bellypan. If you look on the website (motostylestore.com) you'll see photos of different mufflers in relation to the bellypan and all work fine. These photos are for the 1200 Monster, but the pans are identical, 1200 and 821, on the RH side in that area. Bottom line - no problem with slip-on mufflers.

Where things get complicated is with Aftermarket headers. Originally the 1200 bellypan worked with the Termi header, but they changed their design mid-stream and the bellypan is no longer compatible. I'm not sure about the Akropovic header, as no customer has yet tried this combination.

Roger
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Any issues with the engine heat building up with the pan installed? Does the paint match? I am looking at one also...
We knew heat could be an issue on the 821 model, since the front bracket attaches to the front cylinder exhaust studs, but have taken steps to deal with it.
We install special, Mica flat washers ($2 each!) between the bracket and bellypan to insulate the pan from heat. The washers are good to over 500 degrees F to handle conductive heat transfer, plus the mounting bracket is out in the airflow for some convective heat rejection. Also, the bracket itself is painted satin black with high-temperature paint to assure it doesn't turn white from heat exposure.

Roger
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I'm not interested in one but that was a great installation write-up.

Pjk
Thanks.
I tried to do the write up in such a way that it would be helpful to other 821 owners, should they decide to get one.
It wasn't really hard to do - took way more time for me just because I was back 'n forth to my little (12'x16') shop for sockets & such of the proper size.

Having a little issue with the horn - doesn't sound "right" at cruising speeds, but normal with just ignition in ON position or if I'm stopped.
I don't recall it not sounding "right" before the installation, so I've got a little troubleshooting to do there.
Not sure what the issue is, but not a big deal.

I think there is room to move the horn back to the original location and if so, I will. Maybe it will sound the same all around after that…

Again, the horn issue isn't a big deal for me..
 

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The horn…I think it was just me - rode some on Friday and when pressing the horn button, it sounded fine most times.
But, it also seemed to sound a little funny at different presses. Almost like there is an issue with the button itself.
/shrug/
Seemed to work most of the time.

Material? From the web site, a "composite material" - best advice contact the rz33v4 for those questions.
 

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The horn…I think it was just me - rode some on Friday and when pressing the horn button, it sounded fine most times.
But, it also seemed to sound a little funny at different presses. Almost like there is an issue with the button itself.
/shrug/
Seemed to work most of the time.
Might try reseating the connections on the horn itself. That happened to me. Horn got whimper and whimper and eventually stopped working completely. Just needed to disconnect and reconnect and it was back to normal. It was hilarious, it sounded like a dying squirrel.
 
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