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Cracked Cowl...No, I didn't do it...

Bought a dandy 08 on Sunday. Only blemish is that the right tank cowl has a decent sized crack:



The PO said he "hit a bird." Uh huh... As evidence the bar end on that side was also scuffed. I think "hit a bird" is code for I'm a klutz and I dropped it in a parking lot...

I didn't bother to dispute it though. But what to do about it? Think it can be repaired? Or just replace it?...
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Replace it.....$140 plus decals at RonAyers.com....
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Replace it.....$140 plus decals at RonAyers.com....

I don't see this part on their website...

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www.powersedge.com $133.48 + shipping. Part number: 55028D UPPER LH, RED.

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whoops I gave you LH side. - RH side is same price, part #55028J Skip the stickers. Uneccessary weight. They slow the bike down.

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Hmm... I always thought the more stickers, the faster...

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Aftermarket stickers only. Factory stickers are too heavy.

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Thanks all. You too Brother Bear.

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How about OEM touch up paint? bb sized spot of paint missing on tank...

Oh, and original manual???

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Aftermarket stickers only. Factory stickers are too heavy.

Makes total sense to me!!




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How about OEM touch up paint? bb sized spot of paint missing on tank...

Oh, and original manual???

And here ya go...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hlight=manuals




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Manuals! Parts Catalog! Service Manual!?!

Dude you're spoiling me. I'm not searching for anything in here. I'll just ask Rick...

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Is this one of those "give a man a fish" situations???






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Oh, and original manual???

I suppose the bird carried it off too?
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Hi and Hppyfngy,

Looking at your cowling, it can be repaired.
Had the same crack before. The question is convenience and cost.

If you repair it, then you have to respray it to match your other cowling.
I think all this will not be too cheap in the states. Plus new decals.

Buying a new red cowling will be probably a better deal.
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How about OEM touch up paint? bb sized spot of paint missing on tank...
The best place for touch-up paint is to go directly to ColorRite....
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Thanks all

stLee did you hit a bird too?

I think it can be fixed too but probably will just replace it...

Thanks for the colorite link poppa Smurf

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Hi Hppyfngy,

No, it wasn't a bird.
My dad had a crash and the cowling was cracked and badly scratched.
A new cowling would had taken a long time to arrive so I repaired mine.
Couldn't get the same original colour so painted a silver to match the swingarm.
My V looks like this now.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4379
I'm now contemplating whether to fix some fog/spot lights.

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I pulled the cowl off and screwing it down snugly puts some stress on the crack. Even though it does line up tightly and might be epoxied effectively, I probably couldn't avoid painting it.

Ordered a new one.

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www.powersedge.com $133.48 + shipping. Part number: 55028D UPPER LH, RED.
So, cool. New cowl came today as advertised. Thanks!

Now, I have to decide, (with your help,) do I get original stickers for the new side?

Do I take off the ones on the left side to match? (and if so...how? razor blade?)

Or do I leave them left on and right off and ride crooked for a while?

(Don't suppose I can get the old ones off the damaged cowl and re-use them?...)

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If you take the stickers off (that's what I did) use a blow-dryer on the sticker for 60 seconds to warm up the glue, then carefully peel. DO NOT use a razor blade or you'll be ordering a LH side cowl soon too!

A little goo-gone afterwards will remove any residual sticky stuff. Just make sure you wash the cowl off with soapy water to get rid of the goo-gone afterwards.

By the way, the factory stickers are really heavy (as are all factory components). After-market racing stickers are lighter and make the bike faster.


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