"YZFfairings.com" fairing set review + proper install tips
No one on this site has reviewed much really! After dealing with these guys I wanted to let anyone in the future who is looking for replacement kits know that these guys are not only great to deal with, but put out a good product as well. First though! Some forum-specific porn:
So I'm getting ready to part this bike out and wanted to do the Anniversary kit along with everything else and needed another kit to replace it. OEM is too much for what I was looking for and I've installed some of these kits on other bikes and have had good luck with them. I decided to do a rep of an scheme that Yamaha offered in England with a little WSBK influence mixed in.
I contacted them and asked if they could do a completely custom kit. They responded with a yes and asked me what I wanted. I made a diagram and sent it, they agreed, and a little less than a week later, emailed a picture of the finished paint. THIS is when i was impressed. I, ME, MYSELF, I made a mistake and the colors didn't look right on the finished kit and I decided putting my name on the paint was a bad idea, so I requested they change that and redo the paint as well. THESE GUYS said "no problem" and a few days later I got the corrected paint, at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. They didn't argue or complain or even give me a hard time. I was impressed on that alone. Here are the pictures we corresponded with.
The request I sent:
(I have a graphic arts degree so this stuff is easy to whip up)
This is what they sent me back:
MY BAD again, I sent this request after they asked if the above was good:
A few days later:
I was blown away with how customer oriented these guys were. I felt a little bad as it was totally my mistake and these guys took care of it, no problem, no hard time, no nothing. They just fixed it. I'm endeared.
Anyways, a couple weeks later this big box arrives. I start pulling it apart and was thouroughly impressed with the packaging. I've installed a few kits before on different bikes and years ago the packaging kind of sucked. Now though they wrap it in this weird foam sheeting that is perfect for this (shipping plastics around). I'm going to keep it and re use the same stuff when I ship my Anniversary kit since it works so well.
The weird and amazing foam:
Most of the kit:
My decal request were very specific if you look above at the diagram I initially sent, and these guys nailed it, I was impressed:
Okay, tips and tricks for putting these kind of kits on:
I've installed a few of these on different toys for friends and I've seen some poorly installed as people don't use common sense.
-Install somewhere warm. Plastic becomes more prone to cracking in the cold. When a full kit is plastic that means breaking tabs. WARMTH helps
-Whenever installed screws or fasteners, lubricate with oil or something slick
-WAX WAX WAX when you're finished. If you install one OEM piece on a bike, wash the rest and wax it all together. When doing a kit like this, wax ALL of it. It will not only make it look awesome and the girls swoon, it will protect the paint and make subsequent washing/waxings MUCH easier. Why would you not??
This is the (better-than-OEM) Anniversary kit, but uses the same circlip design for holding the pieces under the nose:
This is the aftermarket kit that adopted this logical design as pulling off the old circlips 90% of people will break them, so this way you just need some screws. Again, lubricating these will help you not break the plastic. Lubricate anywhere you're putting metal into the plastic (headlight/radiator cowling/anywhere!). The blue tabs are exactly the same. This light green is the only difference I found between my 2.8k Anniversary kit and this 600 dollar kit, and it's a logical difference.
Seriously, you should always do this with new pieces. I did my new tool chest while i did this
Last edited by CMRAsloguy; 12-05-2012 at 10:39 PM.
These are the guys I ordered through, I would definitely recommend them after the AMAZING service they have (they put up with too much BS from me), and the product was perfect too: http://yzffairings.com/
"drjak" went ahead and emailed me the above questions so I figured I'd go ahead and answer them, and the few additional he sent in his email, here. That way "drjak" and others in the future can see what I saw.
drjak questions: Is the paint they use OEM quality?
I'm not an ASE (?) certified painter but I have worked with paint and people who know a lot more about it then I do, and would have to say "no". The paint IS good quality, the colors look great, and the ability to make whatever you want makes it even cooler, but in my personal experience YOU NEED TO WAX these to get them to last and stand up to the elements and road wear. If you wax right after install that will make it a really strong product. I think a lot of people buy new things with painted clear-coats and think that's good enough, but if you add wax over anything new, the finish is going to last longer. That holds especially true with these fairing kits. I'm not sure if it's a thinner base or what, I think maybe OEM uses a higher quality clear or maybe just more layers of it? Again, I'm not a professional painter, but in reference to these, you wax them and you have a "shit-hot" product".
Are the fairings as thick as OEM or thinner?
In reference to this specific kit I think it might be as thick as OEM? Again I'm switching from an GYTR Anniversary kit (not stock thickness). The pieces all seem durable and I've been putting around a little with the kit with no tabs breaking or anything over potholed roads. The way they felt and flexed a little in my hands I think as long as you don't tip the bike over, this aftermarket kit will last as long as the bike.
And you mentioned they fit well, did they fit as well as OEM?
I've installed a pile of kits on different models, and would have to say the 09+ and 04+ R1's are really forgiving on the fit. I feel like a piece could be 1/2" short or 1" too long and it would still all bolt and snap together correctly (exaggerating a little :P). Some bikes are really picky on that stuff but for this specific one, fit was dead-on. All tabs stuck together perfectly and nothing was forced or too loose. All the lines are correct and everything looks proportional 100%. For fit, this is perfect. To judge that just examine the pictures I posted. All the finished bike pics should be relatively high-res and you can enlarge them to see.
If you have any more questions for me specifically just ask. Sorry for not getting on here too often, I appreciate "drjak" taking initiative though and finding my email, it's cool when you see someone actually put work into getting the answers that they want!
Last edited by CMRAsloguy; 12-10-2012 at 01:42 PM.
Sorry but if I have to use wood screws to put this kit together then I wouldn't buy it.
Did you have to use the wood screws??? Can you still keep the oem hardware?
I'm looking at some white and red anniversary pattern fairings for mine or just getting it painted white and doing the red stripe in vinyl. Both would cost the same so.....
Kevap, you can use screws from the space shuttle if that'll make you feel better
Molonlabe, I explained exactly what you needed to do in the few paragraphs I wrote, it's not Tolstoy man. If anyone has any real questions, that I have not already answered, I am more than willing to let you know what I do. I refuse to retype info like that out. Scoll up
"This is the aftermarket kit that adopted this logical design as pulling off the old circlips 90% of people will break them, so this way you just need some screws. Again, lubricating these will help you not break the plastic. Lubricate anywhere you're putting metal into the plastic (headlight/radiator cowling/anywhere!). The blue tabs are exactly the same. This light green is the only difference I found between my 2.8k Anniversary kit and this 600 dollar kit, and it's a logical difference."
Hey bro... I read that part. I wasn't asking how to install this or what the kit used, or what hardware it specified.
I was asking you if it were possible retain the original attachment hardware if you so choose.
Just ordered a black fiat set for my 07 that I low sided. Did your kit come with the tank cover? All their kits I found says comes with a 26 pc kit and some show it with the cover, others do not and still say 26 pc kit.
Well after months she is finally 98% completed with the exception of stomp grips and tank pad. Fitment was pretty spot on. What do y'all think?
Just a couple quick pics before I pack her up to be shipped to VA.