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Post  Yammycat on Sun Mar 03 2013, 16:52

Hi all, hope all have been enjoying the bit of, slightly bit warmer than what it has been weather.

Making the most of the dry, I thought id start prepping things to service the Tcat tomorrow but have come across a problem. Those big flat fairing screw / bolts that sit underneath, closest to the road and near to the rear wheel... anyone know of any little tricks to get them off to remove the fairing? Reason I ask is, normally Id just apply a bit of heat via flame, but since the fairing is right in the way, its not the best of ideas.

I had a look at the other side and noticed that the previous owner, or last person that worked on it has done a lovely job of ruining the "+" phillips drive and the flat option. the side i started on, started to go that way so have abandoned it for now.

needs to be removed but not sure the best way around it, any help greatly appreciated

thanks in advance
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Sun Mar 03 2013, 22:07

WD40 and plenty of it, worked for me. Left it about 30mins to soak in. Still had the + on mine tho. Refit with copper grease.
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Post  stevemcc on Sun Mar 03 2013, 22:27

Try a stud extractor or an easy out kit.
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there are no end of cheapy ones on ebay too. I find the snap-on ones are the best but very pricey.
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Post  Yammycat on Sun Mar 03 2013, 23:14

Cheers, not sure how well the wd40 will work on it but will give it a go, I've been doubtfull on it lol.
I got a replacement bolt for it but its removing the current bolts that are there, typically my good tools are at work and only have basic stuff at home:(
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Post  terry lees on Mon Mar 04 2013, 16:02

If you'r not in too much of a rush, let the wd40 soak in for a good 24 hours and keep applying it.
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Post  Yammycat on Mon Mar 04 2013, 17:47

After the day I've had with the fairing, im considering tearing it off, I think while removing what I can, I've sussed out why so many faired bikes end up as streetfighters, and if the cat carries on giving me aggro it will go the same way. Snapped clips galore, and they were done prior to me throwing me ore in.

I think drilling is the next option.
All this for a poxy oil n filter change, like hell was it done last year!!
Typically on the surface all looked fine when I bought it in Jan, id expect surface rust on screw heads, but jeez, this is somethin else
Oh im on about the three self tappers that hold the front on - exhaust & oil filter cover bit at the front.... these were damaged by previous owner.

note to self for when it comes to replacing the screws, cover the whole lot in copper slip and tape up with gaffa tape, then see if water gets to it so easy - yes, i know, water gets everywhere eventually

still trying to get over such a simple job, becoming so much hard work
Oh there's more too, the right fork is leaking, just to add to my woes :( - hang on that might of been me getting keen with the wd 40...... foolish boy LMAO

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Post  Yammycat on Mon Mar 04 2013, 22:26

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Damn you ebay!
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Post  Yammycat on Tue Mar 05 2013, 15:53

The final outcome of all the above was to leave the fairing on, and carry on with oil filter, oil plugs and air filter change. Front fork is leaking, im guessing that's gonna be a pain but might see about some help with that, I can't carry on fighting Thundercats single handed Very Happy
Thanks again for all suggestions
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Post  mikeyzf600 on Tue Mar 05 2013, 19:37

Bit late as per usual but have you tried an impact driver? They're magic and have helped me out of many a situation. Available from Halfords. If that doesn't get it off, nothing will.

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Post  Yammycat on Tue Mar 05 2013, 20:32

Hey mike, cheers, sadly its gonna be a case of drilling them out. I had accessed the thread on the inside of the fairing with some medium mole grips and still wouldn't budge, so gave up and proceeded to carry out the service with fairing half attached. Or cowling A - as noted from owners manual, and i have renamed it cowling C. Neutral
Thanks anyway
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Post  bobh on Tue Mar 05 2013, 20:33

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Bit late as per usual but have you tried an impact driver? They're magic and have helped me out of many a situation. Available from Halfords. If that doesn't get it off, nothing will.

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Mmmm... To get a result from an impact driver you need something really solid to bash against. That could be difficult when dealing with the fairing screws. It might be possible to get someone to hold a heavy weight (e.g. a lump hammer head) behind it, depending on where it is.
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Post  Yammycat on Tue Mar 05 2013, 20:37

nah don't worry about that Very Happy
My fairing was buggered from when I got it, can't say I've improved it all that much.....
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Post  mikeyzf600 on Tue Mar 05 2013, 20:39

Ok, that's fair enough. Although Im fairly sure an impact driver will get better torque on it than mole grips. Perhaps worth trying next time you need the fairings off.

Bobh - I'd agree on nearly all the fairing bolts, however those 2 at the bottom are fairly tough. Plus worth trying before having to drill it out. Mine are pretty stuck on too so I'll be doing this when the spring clean time comes. Great! Laughing

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Post  HEHORE on Tue Mar 05 2013, 21:25

I do my oil and filter change with the fairings on , I have the same problem, there is 4 screws on mine that will not come out , so I gave up trying , I have heard that with some bending and twisting you can get the fairings off and out underneath whilst there still together ( haven't tried it yet )
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