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2004 R1100s Crash, repair

Gents,

Unfortunate accident lead to this.

Front fairing bracket is bent and broken off the neck.
Does not look that the sides of fairing bracket is twisted,rather the center strut , fixable?

Look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Bent front fairing bracket: http://youtu.be/5h-IDgKx5Ss
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I found a clean front sub frame...the one that has steering stop ...
Should I buy it or can mine be fixed and welded?

I can't find a good condition used front fairing bracket...but since it seems that only center strut is bent, i think it can be bent back.

Anyone who has gone through a similar situation?
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I straightened one once.. but it isn't easy to get it right.
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How about the front subframe?
Should I buy a used one or its easier to weld it?
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If you know a good welder that is fine… Though there could be other hidden damage and replacement would be better for peace of mind.
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I sourced a brand new fairing support bracket from Austria for $500 shipped...us dealers want $850...
Maybe i bite the bullet buy that and pick the used subframe....

How hard is it to remove stuff off of the black subframe?

Not sure how to get to that main nut...somehow i need to take the load off the wheels?
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yes you will need to remove the front shock and move the arm up.
they usually can be found on ebay,
and occasionally the fairing stay
it is cast alloy not the easiest thing to weld but not lots of stress on it either.
I might have one. no stay though
I have straightened a stay make some radius blocks from wood to clamp it and put the
bending force in the correct spot.
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Fairing Support Bracket

Fairing support bracket is a pretty easy fix... All the wiring is zip tied to the frame and pretty much retains it shape when you remove the ties. The biggest challenge is finding a replacement part... and guess what, I have one you might be interested in!!!! it is slightly bent, but not nearly as bad as yours. If you are interested, I can take some high res pictures and send them to you. PM me, I'm in Illinois.
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Thanks Rootboy.

Can you please send me some pictures at captainreza@gmail.com
Mine isn't out of shape on the sides but the center.

Is yours in good shape on the sides?

Hi Brent,

Can you please see if you have the subframe as well.

Cheers,
Reza
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Gents, anyone has the right side blinker housing assembly, front?

I don't understand why we are paying so much for these parts in the states when buying them direct from Germany and in euro would be 30% plus cheaper...
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check ebay I will look at my front frames. but it will be next week probably
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I'll be taking the bike to a frame straightening shop that thinks they can fix it and weld it. If they screw it up then I'll get after chasing parts.

How can I remove these relay and fuse boxes? Or should I just leave them hanging? Shop will need to remove the fairing bracket to straighten it on the bench and asked me to remove stuff...i can't see how I can just remove those boxes...unless let them hang on the side... Any suggestion,pointer?
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I'm amazed over the years that someone hasn't made a jig from a straight fairing bracket so bent one's could be put on because they are easy is to re-bend being alloy but I found trying to straighten mine back into the original shape was an absolutely nightmare because getting one part right mean't another part wasn't.

So much hassle in fact I bought two spare straight ones rather than phaff about trying to re-straight it and mine only had the slightest nudge.

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Gents,

I'm now having one last thought and I'd like to try straighten mine.
Can someone walk me through how to remove the black front subframe with steering stop?

What does it take to replace that? Once i replace that myself, i can tackle straightening the fairing frame.

Please let me know.

Chris, i can't agree with you more.
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I tried to straighten mine and never quite get close enough for it to not look weird. Eventually I started seeing stress cracks in the plastic fenders, so I replaced it with a new one before more damage develop. My experience is that it is excruciatingly difficult to get the front frame back in shape and is somewhat of a hopeless effort.

A new one runs $800 with tax and shipping.

As for the front tab holder, it can be weld back. There are threads with people being successful at it.
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Gents,

I'm now having one last thought and I'd like to try straighten mine.
Can someone walk me through how to remove the black front subframe with steering stop?

What does it take to replace that? Once i replace that myself, i can tackle straightening the fairing frame.

Please let me know.

Chris, i can't agree with you more.
Heat the nut that holds the top triple clamp to the frame to 200+ degrees…Use a deep socket that has a hex on the end for a wrench, like a spark plug socket… slip an allen wrench through the square hole where the ratchet would normally fit.. the allen wrench holds the stud from turning while you loosen the nut with a wrench attached to the socket. There is some wicked lock tight on the nut is why they require heating to release the locktite.
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Bill,

How about the nut that is kinda hidden, hard to access unless front suspension gets unloaded.
Do I need a special lift?

Do I also need to drain the brake fluid to detach those lines?

If I can replace that frame myself without too much headache, I'd like to do it...how long do you think it takes to swap one?

Any help is appreciated.
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Yes you need to put the bike on blocks or a jack… remove the tank, and disconnect the shock, then you can move the arm to allow removal of the bolts that hold the frame piece to the engine.

first time around may take a couple hours… after you learn the routine a 30 minutes.
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Yes, you need to get the bike on a center stand (one of the cheap harbor freight double fork type works well, or you can try to get a pitbull pit stand, but they are hard to find at this point).

You do not need to detach the brake lines.

Removing the front alu frame is surprinsingly easy. Take a lot of pictures of the wire routing, as putting back all the electrical harness at the right place is the hardest part.

If you are talking about removing the black frame, it is a bit more work. You are basically looking at disassembling pretty much the entire bike. It is not -that- hard, but it is a lot of work.
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