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Evening guys. This is more about trying to get some opinions rather than actually needing help with something, but I'm looking for guidance on some bodywork issues. As of right now my 02 has a rashed right side fairing, an upper cowl with a very thin crack near the right headlight and a broken tab on the front fender right where the bolt is on the right side. I want to try and return the bike to mint, so I had a couple of options and I'm trying to get a feel for which is the most popular / efficient, or if there's another option out there I hadn't thought of. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, there's no way I would be able to buy equipment to paint myself, so that's out of the running.

1. I've been looking at some of the cheap chinese fairings. I actually had a set on a previous bike (929) and, barring some issues with tabs breaking away (easily repairable), they really didn't look half bad. However if I went that route I would need to repaint the tank to match, it would be a single color.

2. Another option would be to find a cheap used right fairing and front fender without cracks, have the upper cowl repaired, and have everything painted together. It seems like this would be the more expensive option, but at least I could be sure that the fairings are good OEM quality ones.

3. I guess the last option is to purchase new or like new OEM fairings of the damaged pieces and just be content with the color scheme I have. Honestly I'm not entirely opposed to that, but I really want to try and make this bike my own.

Also if anyone has some good ideas to toy with for a paint scheme that includes red, I'm all for hearing it! Even if it is way out of my price range.

Looking forward to opinions and ideas.
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Also, on the subject of OEM parts...where is the recommended place to shop OEM?

Thanks again!
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OEM parts

www.indysuperbikes.com

http://www.hondaeasttoledo.com/

OEM fairings are the way to go for the RC....I have seen several melted panels on this bike before.



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hi mate we repair and paint a panel of $200 or respay the hole bike for $900 cheers buddha PS do you guys have bike paint shops there ???
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I was in a similar position this last spring with rash, cracks, dent in the tank, you name it.

I went to the auto body shop here in town told them what I was looking for and they said they could do it. It was cheaper to a good used left fairing from Ben (rc51parts.com) then to have them fix the one I had. The shop that I went to is tryn to get there name out in the custom paint business and I was able to get them to paint the bike "off the books" but as an advertising expense. From what I figue I paid the guys wage for the hours he work on it and cost of materials.

Ok long story short... talk to Ben if you're looking for good OEM parts or see if you can work a deal with a shop you can trust.

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Well here is my 2 cents.... You can get a catalyst tail section which is fiberglass for under 200, there were fiberglass OEM replacement lowers for 60 a side on ebay not sure if they are still selling, and i had Brent from AU make me a custom upper fairing dual endurance headlight style. All in all I have about 650 into my body work and its sleeker than stock, just needs a paint job. I decided that im going to go with a wrap vice paint as its cheaper, easier, looks better, and if it gets damaged they can print new pannels!
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I went the chinese route and im actually pretty happy. No tabs broke. No melted panels and it is pretty fing hot around here. I used hvac heat reflective tape on the inside of all panels before install and wrapped my headers. So far, so goodClick image for larger version

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Also, on the subject of OEM parts...where is the recommended place to shop OEM?

Thanks again!
Here is a site that has oem parts and is the cheapest out there:

http://www.partspitstop.com/


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Please do a search and you will find that this topic comes up quite often. You'll also see plenty of my repsonses.

To sum them up:
From personal experience: The chinese eBay stuff is complete and utter shit. Don't waste your money and time.
Don't send your money to the other side of the world when I am sure that the local paint guy would love to have it. Would you like to put food on your neighbor's table? Or fill the pockets of some dude you'll never see?
Buy OEM, even scratched OEM, have it fixed and repainted whatever color you like and do any of the work yourself if possible. That will reduce costs.
On top of that, if you don't like the results of the paint guy, you can take it back right away. If you don't like the chinese garbage, you might get lucky and they will let you send it back. Which you will pay for, along with the original $200+ shipping fee.




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B.miller why dont you explain how you were burned on the ebay/chinese bodywork? You are very enthusiastic when it comes to knocking them yet i have never read what problems you had. The spend your money here in the states is a double edged sword. Blue collar people like myself could never afford the rates my local body shops charge to begin with much less what the dealerships charge. How many parts on your bike were made in the USA? Both me and my wifes cars are chevy. All my tools are made here. But when it comes to my bike, the entire bike is from over seas. Not to start a war but if you are going to rag on something have an explanation to back it up. By the way, 4k miles and my chinese bodywork is still perfect as is buddys 675s

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