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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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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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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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redmagnolia said:
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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redmagnolia said:
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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redmagnolia said:
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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i think this is like the most useful helpful thing...great post man..i'm very very new at this and im sure there r alot of ppl like me probably here too in the forum and man how great and helpful would it be for ppl like me if you posted something like this for eveything..like oil change coolant check etc..to know where everything is basically and how to do things.. so one can minimize the number of ppl messing with one's bike and save some $ too...i mean no matter how pro the guys at the dealership or any workshop r, i believe no one cares abt the bike more than its owner!!! plus it will be fun i think to do evrything doable by yourself..just a thought.
 

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I completely agree prospect! No one has more love for their vehicle than themselves. I am slowly working towards an FAQ section that will have info on all of the basics. Everyone who rides a motorcycle should be competent enough to do their own basic maintenance, some people just need more information.
 

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This really helped. I have seen the bigger clips before but those lil round ones that you just push in would have really stumped me . Thanks.
 

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hey does anyone have pics of the ninja naked....with the two front fairings removed.....I thought it might look pretty cool. And by the way thanks for the post red rider....good stuff!
 

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Hi to all! Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the excellent information! I'm a new rider and new Ninja owner, and after reading your article, I was able to remove my fairings for some minor cosmetic repairs myself. I'm not at all mechanically inclined and know nothing about working on bikes. Fortunately, none of that was required! lol. All it took was a little patience and some confidence in myself.
Anyway, kudos for the site and for the great info therein!
Jen
 
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