mirror problems after crash repair


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knotjohnson
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mirror problems after crash repair

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I got the bike back after 6 months in the shop for repair after my crash last September (see "I walked away"). Everything works as it should but the mirrors are out of position, the left only slightly but the right is so far off position that the boot can't be secured to the front of the fairing. Both mirrors are "low". I can lift them into a more correct position by lifting against the spring from the outside of the housing. The shop tells me there is no adjustment. Something is not right and I cant find anything in the service manual.

Any thoughts?

Many Thanks!


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Re: mirror problems after crash repair

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Yes, I have a few thoughts.

I do not know who did the repair but it sounds like they either did not replace the cowl stays or did not install them correctly.
Check your paperwork and see if you paid for them.

Part number STAY A, COWL (UPPER), 64510-MCA-S40


There is also an upper stay that probably should have been replaced as well.
Part number STAY B, COWL (UPPER), 64511-MCA-A60


Both are about $150 each and if one is bent, its a good bet the other one is too and they usually get bent in any accident involving the fairing.

You need to take it back and talk to them about it.
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Re: mirror problems after crash repair

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I looked over the invoice and I don't see any cowl stays listed.
I'll talk with the shop again in the morning. I've not been into the bike that far myself but now I have a direction to go I'll be digging into the service manual.


Thanks so very much! I will post updates as things develop.
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Re: mirror problems after crash repair

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The stays should have been in the reapir estimate. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that when there is an accident such as yours, those stays will be tweaked and need to be replaced. It is virtually impossible to stratighten them without a jig.

The problem with trying to straighten them is there is no way to know if you have it right until the fairing and mirrors are back in place. That is when you check the alignment. If the mirrors and boots do not align, the stays are not straight. Even if they are only bent a little bit, it is more cost effective to just replace them rather than have to take things all apart again.


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