Removing the fairings from the new model Kawasaki Ninja is not very easy or obvious. I've put together these instructions which I hope you might find useful.
Before you begin please make sure you have a clean, well lit workplace and the proper tools.
Step 1) Remove the lower fairings- this is pretty simple so I didn't take pictures. Let's call this a test. If you have trouble removing your lower fairings I recommend you do NOT try to remove your upper fairings.
Step 2) Remove the 4 bolts that hold your windscreen and remove the windsceen.
Step 3) Remove the two plastic locking pins (rivets) that hold this plastic meter cowling in place:
Remove the meter cowling:
Step 4) Remove the plastic locking pins (rivets) and socket bolts and then remove the inner cowlings on right and left sides:
Step 5) Disconnect headlights, turn signals and running lights:
Please note- the two headlight connectors pull off, the other four connections feature locking connectors so you need to unlock them before you pull them apart.
Step 6) Remove the bolts that hold the left and right Center Cowlings and the bolts that hold the upper fairings to the frame. (Refer to pictures below)
Step 7) Remove the Center Cowlings-
Step 8) Remove the left and right socket bolts that were hidden behind the Left and Right Center Cowlings:
Step 9) Disconnect the Meter:
Pull off the rubber boot, then unlock and remove the plug from the meter:
Step 10) Gently pull the left and right fairing tabs out of the rubber frame grommets:
Step 11) Remove the 3 6x12 bolts that attach the Meter Bracket to the Main Cowling Bracket:
Careful! Once you remove these bolts your fairings will be detached from the motorcycle. The mirrors, turn signals, headlight assembly and meter bracket are all still attached to the upper fairings so it's a bit heavy- careful it doesn't fall when you remove the bolts that attach the Meter Bracket to the Main Cowling Bracket.
Step 12) Remove the Upper Fairings- gently pull the entire assembly forward until it is clear of the bike.
You might want to have an extra set of hands to help you with this last step, or at the very least cover your front fender with a towel to save it from scratches if you drop the upper fairing assembly onto your fender.
Re-assembly is the opposite of dis-assembly.
Taking apart the upper fairing assembly (ie. removing the Meter, Headlight Assembly and Mirrors) is a task to be covered on another page- If you've gotten this far I'd bet you can figure it out on your own
Hope you find this guide useful! I welcome any comments or constructive criticism!
Marc Anthony (Tony)
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