How to Install Frame Sliders on a Hayabusa

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Frame sliders are cheap insurance for your Hayabusa. Protecting the frame from damage in most falls, frame sliders are well worth the investment. Sliders are available in two types: race-style sliders, which offer the greatest protecting but require you to cut your fairings, and no-cut style sliders. The no-cut style offers less protection but is easier to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa
  • Frame sliders
  • Torque or socket wrench
  • 10mm allen head key
  • 5mm allen head key
  • 50mm hole saw
  • Permanent marker pen
  • Masking tape

No-Cut Style Sliders

  • Remove the right side fairing.

  • Remove the front engine mount bolt.

  • Install the frame slider bracket using the engine mount bolt provided in the kit, which is usually the shorter of the two bolts. Tighten the bolt to 50 pound-feet.

  • Install the slider puck.

  • Re-install the right side fairing. Repeat steps 1-5 on left side of the motorcycle.

Frame Sliders with Fairing Modification

  • Remove the right side fairing.

  • Remove the front engine mount bolt.

  • Using the engine mount bolt provided in the kit, install only a few threads into the engine mount.

  • Apply a layer of permanent ink to the head of the bolt and replace the fairing, allowing the ink to mark the bolt's location. Check the mark to ensure accurate placement.

  • Drill a small pilot hole into the fairing and check that the pilot is centered with the engine mount. Readjust the location of the pilot hole if it is not centered.

  • Apply a layer of masking tape over the fairing and cut a 50mm hole using a hole saw, centered over your pilot hole.

  • Remove the engine bolt and slide it through the slider puck before re-installing the bolt. Tighten to 50 pound-feet.

  • Re-install the fairing and remove the masking tape. Repeat on the left side of the motorcycle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Masking your cutting area isn't required, but the tape can help prevent cracking and protects the fairing's paint. Apply Loctite to all bolts to prevent back-out from vibration. Check and double-check your measurements before cutting your fairings. Fairings are too expensive to be uncertain about your accuracy. Be patient and don't rush. Rush jobs tend to create more problems, resulting in more time being wasted to fix them.
  • Thread damage can occur by over-tightening the engine bolts. Use a torque wrench, if possible, to prevent over-tightening. Work only on one side of your bike at a time. Removing both engine bolts will leave your bike's engine on the floor. If you are uncertain you can accomplish the installation, have the work done by a qualified technician. It may cost money, but it may save you some frustration in the long run.

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