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post #1 of 15 Old 06-18-2013, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Loose-shaking fairing even possibly locking steering

All the bolts and fasteners seem to be present, and snug. The fairing however, particularly the upper part that houses the instrument cluster, shakes a bit and is noisy (rattles) over bumps. The condition has worsened recently. Should I dismantle the assembly and install thin rubber shock mounts at critical points? The whole thing doesn't feel very solid-sort of a conglomeration of flimsy plastic pieces. '05 DL650.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-18-2013, 10:34 AM
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Did you check the two bolts holding the fairing frame to the main frame?

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Thanks Greywolf I didn't consider the possibility that the whole armature is loose. I'll check it out and see if I can access the bolts with the fairing still assembled.
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Thanks Greywolf I didn't consider the possibility that the whole armature is loose. I'll check it out and see if I can access the bolts with the fairing still assembled.

Look here; right on front of the steering stem head. These two bolts have a history of backing themselves out. They should have threadlocker on them from the factory, but they don't.



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Thanks guys. The top one is present and fairly snug, the bottom one is missing. I'll pull the top one and match to another bolt.
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BTW Greywolf, did you catch this recent story from Canada?

Motorcyclist takes photos of wolf chasing him on highway - Calgary - CBC News
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BTW Greywolf, did you catch this recent story from Canada?
I hadn't. I wish people would leave the wolves alone and they'll leave people alone.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Thanks Greywolf! This site is the best!

My son and I did the PineBarrens300 in NJ a few weeks ago. I was on the KLR and he rode the DL650. ( I couldn't pick up that vstrom in the deep sand )
At the end, he mentioned the front fairing and windshield seemed loose, moving a lot on the dirt roads and on bumps. Fine on smooth pavement.

Yesterday I went to fill up with gas, and sure enough I noticed the loose front fairing.
I searched this site last night, came to your picture (worth 2000 words) and checked it out today.
Sure enough, the top bolt was a bit loose, but the bottom one was more than 3/4 out! Blue loctite, and now they are in tight! Ill test ride tomorrow, but looks good!

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All the bolts and fasteners seem to be present, and snug. The fairing however, particularly the upper part that houses the instrument cluster, shakes a bit and is noisy (rattles) over bumps. The condition has worsened recently. Should I dismantle the assembly and install thin rubber shock mounts at critical points? The whole thing doesn't feel very solid-sort of a conglomeration of flimsy plastic pieces. '05 DL650.
Jus had same thing happen last week. Bottom bolt gone and top hanging by a thread. Easy fix once you guess where to look. Scarey till then
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The two frame bolts are M8x1.25, 20mm long hardened bolts. Suzuki's gone wild of late with thread locker use but those bolts actually need it.

Sometimes, the first problem noticed is the steering won't move much past center on one side. That happens when a frame bolt comes loose and falls on the lower triple clamp.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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