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Hello,

I am in the market for a 899 and am planning on using it for street and track. How long would it take to strip the bike down and put on the race fairings. Basically, remove headlight, tail light, all stock fairings, and install race body and seat.

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I do this frequently as my bike pulls double duty. The first time it took me a few hours to figure out what had to come off and what had to stay. Now I have everything labeled when I take the street stuff off. It takes me about 2 hours to remove the street fairings and install the race fairings. I take time to clean the bike as I go. Just be cautious as there are several tabs that cause the bodywork to only be removed in a certain order. If it doesn't come off easily then you probably still need to remove something else to prevent damage. Take pictures of everything so you have something to go off of in case you get overwhelmed.
 

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899 strip

Danny,

Thanks. I was afraid it would take 2 hours. I used to do it in 1 hour on my 748.

Can the stock tail be replaced with race and does that remove the tail light with it.

Does my list cover all items, or are there other items you remove.


Want to make sure if I dump it, I do minimal damage to street stuff.

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Duke, here is the order that I remove my stock stuff.

1) Remove tail section and license plate holder. This will entail (no pun intended) literally everything from the seat back. The tail breaks down into 3 pieces. The tag bracket is 4 bolts and some plugs. It will remove the brake lights as well which is a matter of unplugging a connection once the fairings have been removed.

2) Remove the ignition cover along with the two pieces of plastic that run from the ignition cover to the the headlights and mount to the side fairings. There are several tabs in place holding the covers to the side fairings. Youtube has a video on how to remove it without breaking.

3) Remove both side fairings. Probably the easiest part of the whole process, as it is just a matter of removing some screws. There is 4 plastic rivets as well as 2 screws behind the front wheel around the radiator.

4) Remove front fender. Be careful not to damage your fender when you are removing the ABS cable from the tabs on the left side of the fender. When you install your race fairings either drill holes and zip tie the ABS cable to the left side of the fender, or Zip tie the ABS cable to the left fork tube.

5) Remove the nose fairing. First remove the mirrors as they hold the upper on. Then remove the whole fairing will need to be slid forward. There is a stud in the nose of the fairing that fits into a rubber gasket between the headlights. Loosen the windscreen and slide your fingers down behind the nose and pull straight out. It can be difficult the first few times. Once the fairing is off, there are 4 bolts that hold the head lights on. 2 bolts in the front and 2 bolts on the back side. After the headlight is removed you will need to unplug all of the electrical connections.

It seems like a huge complicated procedure at first. I now usually can do this in about 90 minutes. As I said before that is with me cleaning everything as I go. It is a good way for you to get a better understanding of how your bike is put together. Good luck and have fun! If you have any questions during the process you can PM me.
 

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Thank you Danny. This is most helpful. I think I may add to the equation the wheels too. one step at a time :)
 

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There are several tabs in place holding the covers to the side fairings. Youtube has a video on how to remove it without breaking.

3) Remove both side fairings. Probably the easiest part of the whole process, as it is just a matter of removing some screws. There is 4 plastic rivets as well as 2 screws behind the front wheel around the radiator.

4) Remove front fender. Be careful not to damage your fender when you are removing the ABS cable from the tabs on the left side of the fender. When you install your race fairings either drill holes and zip tie the ABS cable to the left side of the fender, or Zip tie the ABS cable to the left fork tube.??
 

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I do this frequently as my bike pulls double duty. The first time it took me a few hours to figure out what had to come off and what had to stay. Now I have everything labeled when I take the street stuff off. It takes me about 2 hours to remove the street fairings and install the race fairings. I take time to clean the bike as I go. Just be cautious as there are several tabs that cause the bodywork to only be removed in a certain order. If it doesn't come off easily then you probably still need to remove something else to prevent damage. Take pictures of everything so you have something to go off of in case you get overwhelmed.
Maybe you can answer this: I frequently see cool fairing kits for the 899 at various online stores. But they never include anything for the gas tank.

So how do people get their gas tanks to match the aftermarket fairings? A quick Google search for 899 gas tanks didn't lead to much.

Do this kits come with decals or something?
 

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Buy fairings that match your existing tank. Or buy a second "track" tank and paint it. Better yet spend the money on tires and get some tank sliders.
 

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Once I converted my bike to my race bike I painted the fairings red to match the tank. I kept my bodywork paint scheme pretty basic as I was working with a strict budget and wasn't too concerned with the looks as much as I was the function. Update, i got pretty quick and swapping them out to about an hour, the worst part is installing the belly pan as it goes between the exhaust and the oil sump.
 
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