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Re: Sports Fairing (archive)

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Posted by Kevin ///M on September 29, 1998 at 22:03:33:

In Reply to: Sports Fairing posted by MJK on September 29, 1998 at 13:44:21:


Are they easier to put on than the boot?

About the same. It takes me less than 2 minutes to put it on and less than 1 minute to take it off.

Do they seal better (ie. quieter, no flap or whistle)?

No real seal to speak of since the side facing the front of the car leaves a bit of an opening underneath. Not a huge gap or anything, but it doesn't wrap around the gap between the rollhoops and the compartment where the top drops in. Occasional rattles. No whistle though.

Do they eat up the entire trunk in terms of storage?

I can fit the fairing, the original boot and a couple of six packs of beer all at the same time. It doesn't leave a lot of room. If we're going through a rainy spell, I'll usually store the fairing in the garage along with the stone guards. The rest of the time, I leave it on because it makes me feel like batman.

Are they well made?

No. It's fiberglass and there are some rough spots around the edges. The rubber edging that buffers between the fairing and the car is crap. I'm looking for some way to replace it with something of quality.

Do they use the BWM boot posts or do they need more hardware?

No more hardware needed. They supply you with little doohickies that snap into the posts where you'd normally attach your two front boot snaps.
These new attachments are adapters that allow you to hook a couple of little bungee cords to them to keep the thing on.

Would you buy one again?

Only if I could find a way to correct the rubber edging problem. If you are the type who would be putting your top up and down all the time - I would not go this way because each time you put the fairing on or off, it seems to feel the wear pretty heavily. (easy to scratch - even when careful; edging must always be re-seated it keeps falling off in certain places).

If you are comfortable leaving the top down 80% of the time like me - it could make some sense for you if you can deal with the problems mentioned above.

Is the color a perfect match?

Pretty darn close. Unless you were really staring at it looking for a mismatch, you wouldn't see one.

Hope this helps!

Kevin ///M

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