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Good Idea or No? - September 10, 2008, 12:28 PM

I need to replace the air intake duct/ upper fairing support (see below) for my 636 b/c the mounting holes on the current part are stripped causing the part (and ultimately the upper fairings) to shake. Should I go with the weaker plastic OEM replacement that could develop the same problem OR purchase the carbon fiber part that appears to not have the mounting holes drilled in the back of the piece? Can you drill carbon fiber? Is it difficult? Both are relatively the same cost. Thanks!

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September 10, 2008, 01:11 PM

seems like a waste to replace the whole thing with a new one. Have you thought about putting some anchored nuts in the stripped holes to secure too? I'm thinking of the fasteners for windscreens and body plastics. You know, the nuts enclosed in rubber gromets. Cheap and easy fix from ronayers or bikebandit.

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September 10, 2008, 01:13 PM

You can drill CF. I would start with a (really) small pilot hole, and work my way up. A dremel tool will work best for this.
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September 10, 2008, 01:16 PM

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Have you thought about putting some anchored nuts in the stripped holes to secure too?
yup, a small block of wood epoxied to the plastic, with a blind nut in the wood, would be a much cheaper fix than the CF piece.
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http://www.ronayers.com/browseparts....e.ronayers.com


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September 10, 2008, 03:37 PM

I never understood the function of the air ducts .. I mean do u need them if ur bikes doesnt have any fairings


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I never understood the function of the air ducts .. I mean do u need them if ur bikes doesnt have any fairings
The performance of your bike's HVAC system will suffer enormously without properly spec'd and installed air ducts.


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