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very low price I would be wary:headshake

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I agree, when it comes to ebay best buys lower prices USUALY means lower quality.


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I have used some cheap fairings on ebay. Mind you the ones I used were pit-eck but I think the experience qualifies. The problems I ran into was they were kinda thin and brittle, and the fitment was lascking. Don't get me wrond I was expecting this and I made them work. But I did feel the need to lay extra fiberglass in most of the parts to add some strengh and keep them from breaking when flexed. As far as the fitment is was close but it was not the best. You could tell that they just turn out the quantity. Overall would I use them again, maybe. They were for a 600rr and there was a good enough difference in price that I went through the trouble. As far as the 10 I wouldn't go through the trouble. You can buy hotbodies sets for $500. It's jsut a less in you get what you pay for but it is not so bad when you know what to expect when you buy something.
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Those are e-racing fairings, I hear for the very low price they are great and a couple steps above pit-eck but still require a bit of work to fit.
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What kind of work are we talking, I noticed that it didn't look like there were any holes drilled. Do you know if that's the case? Trimming edges, things like this I can handle I'm going to prep and paint myself anyway. I guess I'm just wondering about exactly what fitment your speaking of because I've never worked with race fairings before only OEM.
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Those are e-racing fairings, I hear for the very low price they are great and a couple steps above pit-eck but still require a bit of work to fit.
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I bought a set of Tromex fairings from ebay for my track bike project this winter. They were rated better than the e-racing, or pit-eck stuff, but the fit was still far from perfect. I am not fiberglass expert, but it had cracks in the gelcoat, and where the top and lower fairings met weren't even close. Imagine the sides of a triangle and that was the angle at which the upper and lower fairings met. Definitely not cool! I basically had to fiberglass the upper and lower together and cut my own seperation.

In hindsight, I would say the quality is alright if you wanna do a race/track bike. If you want something better (ie: for street use), I would pay a bit more and get something like Attack, Sharkskinz, Armour Bodies, or Catalyst. I have heard good things about all those companies.

Here's a pic of my track bike. I know it's an R1, but I got her cheap and put it together over the winter. The paint was done also by HK at Borderline, same guy who did my carbon ZX10R fab and paint.
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your R1 looks great now but, I can't believe these companies can sell these race fairings that have to basically be fixed when their brand new! They should atleast fit together and go on the bike. I don't know how they start pumping out thousands of these things and don't even have their molds right to begin with.
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I bought a set of Tromex fairings from ebay for my track bike project this winter. They were rated better than the e-racing, or pit-eck stuff, but the fit was still far from perfect. I am not fiberglass expert, but it had cracks in the gelcoat, and where the top and lower fairings met weren't even close. Imagine the sides of a triangle and that was the angle at which the upper and lower fairings met. Definitely not cool! I basically had to fiberglass the upper and lower together and cut my own seperation.

In hindsight, I would say the quality is alright if you wanna do a race/track bike. If you want something better (ie: for street use), I would pay a bit more and get something like Attack, Sharkskinz, Armour Bodies, or Catalyst. I have heard good things about all those companies.

Here's a pic of my track bike. I know it's an R1, but I got her cheap and put it together over the winter. The paint was done also by HK at Borderline, same guy who did my carbon ZX10R fab and paint.
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Well, I had to ship back the first set of fairings because they were even more ill fitted. The windshield cutout was so poor, that there were gaps in between the shield and the bodywork.

Shipped it back at my expense too! The next set that came didn't fit properly either, and they told me that was the best they could do.


You do get what you pay for I guess. It was a lot of work to get the R1 to look the way it does, and if you look close at certain areas, it still ain't perfect. I agree with you, if they're selling a product that is supposed to fit, you shouldn't have to mod it to make it fit a stock bike. I had to even build my own mounting points and brackets in order to get it all to fit together securely.
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I recently put on the e-racings on my 03 636 track bike. The fitment was fine, I didn't have to do any trimming or anything to make them fit. They come pre-primered, but they need to be sanded by hand and there are a couple of small blemishes that could use some spot putty.

They have the markings for where you need to drill for the winscreen, fairing stay and dzus fasteners. Mine were more or less in the correct location, but its definately worthwhile to test-fit it first.

I used to have godfathers plastics on the bike, which I crashed and they ripped apart. The e-racings in comparison are about twice as thick, don't appear as brittle and fit better. I know godfathers were crap, thats what came on the bike when I bought it, but the e-racings are clearly better.

I can snap some photos if you want to see them.

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