FZR-R1 seat install guideline
did the tail conversion. Hereís some insight to get you started in the
- The bungee cord tubes below the sub frame should
go. They look horrid hanging down there. They will come off pretty
quick even with a hacksaw (if you do not have access to a grinder).
While you are at it you might as well remove the old passenger foot
pegs and brackets, since your new tail doesnít accommodate passengers
anyway.† I removed them and replaced the exhaust side with a carbon
fiber exhaust bracket and it looks really good.
- The coolant reservoir tank will have to be relocated.
These bikes never get hot, you could remove it altogether and run
the hose from the radiator behind the motor and down to the ground.
If youíre bent on keeping it, I found it fits great on its side underneath
the cowl of the new tail. Just zip-tie it to the frame and make sure
to plug any large leaks in the tank (i.e. remove the overflow hose
and plug the hole).
- Most of the electrics on the left side of the bike
will have to get stuffed underneath the seat. Leave the regulator
where it is. The regulator (little metal box mounted on the small
alloy plate at the very aft end of your FZR) needs to be properly
cooled or you will fry your electrical system. It can stay on the
left side to ensure proper cooling, but you may wish to cut the mounting
plate at a slight angle so it is flush with the down slope angle of
the underside of the tail.
- The black plastic rear fender/turn signals are
- To mount the license plate bracket you need to
take the old taillight off of the bracket and mount the angled fiberglass
piece between the taillight and the bracket. Next you will need to
cut off any of the taillight bracket that sticks above the taillight.
If you donít the tail wonít drop down far enough to reach the mounts.
- Next you have to drill out the four large holes
marked in the seat pan area of the fiberglass. The black rubber bumpers
in your stock upholstery bottom will stick through these holes in
the fiberglass and support your weight on the motorcycle frame. I
broke out my trusty Dremel and made a cloud of dust. I would use a
hole saw next time. Now to attach your upholstery onto the fiberglass,
you slide the tab in the rear of your upholstery under the cowl area
and push the assembly together until the rubber bumpers stick
through the glass. It kind of snaps together and stays all in one
- To mount the tail, you must first drill the two
dimpled holes in the little flaps at the bottom of the fiberglass
tail section. The mounting screw goes through these holes in the fiberglass
and into the stock taillight mounting bracket. Now with your upholstery
attached to the tail, take the assembly and start to install it onto
your chassis. Slide the tab in the front of your upholstery under
the tank cover and start wiggling the assembly over your chassis.
The object is to get the mounting tab in the rear of your upholstery
to slide over the mounting stud on the frame. It requires some pressure
to fit in there, but that is necessary to ensure that all remains
in place. Once you slide the tail onto the bike youíll see exactly
how it bolts on to the rear light bracket. Youíre home free.
installed my tail in about 2 hours. Less time than it took to finish
a sixpack. I get all sorts of double takes/compliments, and it really
dressed up the bike a lot. Besides, doubling chicks sucks. Canít turn,
canít accelerate, canít impress other chicks;)
and the finish that came on the tail took fresh enamel extremely well
with minimal sanding. Iím happy!
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