Originally posted by Hogs
The biggest problem I have with the stock screen is the curve near the top messing up the clarity, I never understood why they did that?
Dunno...I think the flip may have something to do with all the noise the stock screen makes, as I've heard some folks say just a flat screen is quieter.
Now, that "OEM Kawasaki black edging" you speak of. Is this the stuff that just slips on around the perimeter of the shield...
Don't remember, but I don't think my OEM shield had anything round the top edge. I'm thinking the OEM unit had extra plastic running along the edges, but it could have been some sort of stick-on edging-didn't really look at it that closely. I just got some of the black stuff that runs along the edges of the inner fairing plastic. Lockhart makes a selection of edging (clear/black/colors) that might be a bit neater. I think you just need something to cut down on the 'buzzsaw' effect the top of the Rifle exhibits. Maybe this is one reason they put edging on shields from the factory-to dampen vibration?
Anywho...Rifle sez 'finger tighten' the shield. I'm not a big fan of finger tight stuff, 'specially on a motorcycle. I simply tightened my first shield snugly, and the spiderweb cracks developed. 'Course, they never got worse for 10 years, 'til I had to ride a long length of boulders at a road construction site in Canada one year. The outer left hole crack spread to the edge of the shield and a 3" hunk 'departed' the bike. I'm on my second shield (original base), this time with O-rings added, and no cracks at the mounting holes yet.
If you ever need a good place for parts, give Ron Ayers Motorsports a try! They give good discounts for out of state orders (last $100 MSRP order was 'bout $60), and I was so impressed with their parts service/prices over the years that I drove down there to buy my 6R from 'em. They seem to have a bunch of competant enthusiasts working for 'em. Their website ain't much (but improving): best bet is to use the toll free number. You also know www.buykawasaki.com
has an online parts fiche for your bike?
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