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Old 04-30-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Removing the fairings (plastic)

This post covers how to remove the fairings, or plastic from the side of your 08 Ninja 250R. Any work that needs to be done on the bike besides the basics like changing the oil or air filter require that you take at least one fairing off.

Ok, lets get started.

What you will need.
  • The stock tool kit that comes with the bike
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
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Step 1
Remove your tool kit from under the passenger seat. I like to empty it onto a table or cart, so I don't have to fight with the plastic bag it came with just to get out a tool.

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Step 2
Remove the 2 bolts near the fuel tank.

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Step 3
Remove the 2 bolts just forward of the turn signal.

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Step 4
Remove this bolt on the inside of the fairing behind the front wheel.

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Step 5
Remove 2 larger bolts. One is near the back 'point' of the faring, the other is near the exhaust on the right side, or if taking off the left side, near the kickstand (right side shown here).



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Step 6
Now for the fun part, the plastic clips. Remove the 3 plastic clips holding the left and right fairings together at the bottom. These are removed by using a small flat-head screwdriver to pry a "button" in the middle of the clip outwards. It also helps to push on the backside to get the button to extend all the way out. Once the button is extended out, pull the whole clip out.



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Step 7
More plastic clips, but don't worry, these are easy. Only one is pictured here, but there are 2 small plastic clips holding the black plastic behind the front wheel to the fairing. These are easily removed by gently pushing the "buttons" in the middle in, then removing the whole clip.

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Step 8
Now with all of the bolts and clips removed the fairing is almost ready to remove. Push down and away on the black plastic gently near the handlebar to unhook it from the fairing.

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Step 9
Now gently pull the back of the fairing away from the bike, and pull it backwards to unhook it from the front. When you have enough room unhook the turn signal wire.

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Notes
Be gentle and take your time so you don't damage or scratch anything. Nothing sucks more than damaging something because you rushed taking it apart.

When removing the left fairing you will need another person, or a wheel stand to hold the bike off of the kickstand. This is because you need to swing the back of the fairing away from the bike during the last step to remove it, and the kickstand stops you from doing this if it is down. Don't drop your bike by trying to balance it and remove the fairing at the same time.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Re: Removing the fairings (plastic)

Another great write up! This will help everyone for when they go in to jet their carbs!

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Old 05-17-2008, 06:00 AM   #3
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Yes, jetting. I want to do it but kinda scared that it will result in a never ending trying to dial in the bike just right and can't ever get it just right. I had a car like that, always messing with things trying to fine tune it. Drove me crazy.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:44 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for posting this...lol, it was taking me awhile to figure out how to take the fairing off, so I could change the oil.
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Thanks so much for posting this...lol, it was taking me awhile to figure out how to take the fairing off, so I could change the oil.
Fairing off to change the oil? Does that make it easier.
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You don't have to remove them, but yes - it does make it easier, especially if you don't have a lift.
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Huh, I might try that just to see how it works.
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Thanks so much for posting this...lol, it was taking me awhile to figure out how to take the fairing off, so I could change the oil.
Fairing off to change the oil? Does that make it easier.
LOLOLOL, so I read that, and I'm sitting here like, duh, of course you have to take the fairing off...and then I sat here a little longer....and thought...wow...I'm an idiot...LOL! Ah well, at least I know how to take it off now.... This blonde hair never fails to amaze me...
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LOLOLOL, so I read that, and I'm sitting here like, duh, of course you have to take the fairing off...and then I sat here a little longer....and thought...wow...I'm an idiot...LOL! Ah well, at least I know how to take it off now.... This blonde hair never fails to amaze me...
I knew it, blondie.......that's why my bike it faster. HAHA
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LOLOLOL, so I read that, and I'm sitting here like, duh, of course you have to take the fairing off...and then I sat here a little longer....and thought...wow...I'm an idiot...LOL! Ah well, at least I know how to take it off now.... This blonde hair never fails to amaze me...
I knew it, blondie.......that's why my bike it faster. HAHA
Whatever! My bike will always be faster, b/c it's just flat out cooler than your bike! After all, it's ridden by a girl!

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