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post #301 of 475 Old 02-08-2015, 07:41 AM
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i'm trying to remove the mask on mine right now. not to install the beak, but to repaint. good god this is a pain and i'm afraid to break stuff!!!

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post #302 of 475 Old 02-08-2015, 11:22 AM
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Finally got it on. I like it. This bike reminds me of one of those Japanese puzzle boxes. You must remove the colored front of the fairing to put it on -- a total joy. WD40 or soap helps with those rubber grommets.
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An old friend of mine told me to use a Q tip and put a small amount of silicone grease in the grommet. You might not have to use anything else again.
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i'm trying to remove the mask on mine right now. not to install the beak, but to repaint. good god this is a pain and i'm afraid to break stuff!!!

I put my beak on yesterday and wished I had waited another day to read these recent messages. I am a patient guy, and still ended up with a couple of broken bits during the process. No showstoppers though but still. It's often a fine line between knowing how things attach and then using appropriate pressure, and things just breaking.

All went back together just fine, but admit I felt a bit lost during the process, and I'm the type that usually figures things out and takes my time.

Last week jrnyer called me Zeke"Beak"ster, so now I guess Beakster is appropriate.

I'll post pics later after I clean it up a bit.
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Beaked and spoked 2015 DL650 variant threads merged

It may not be for everyone... But I like it. Of course it cures buffeting and adds 5hp.



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From the side, it definitely fits with the eyes and the crop to make for the Woody look!

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post #306 of 475 Old 02-09-2015, 07:01 AM
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Yup, I struggled to get mine on too. Broke off a small tip on the face mask, easily super glued back on. It was 35 degrees outside while I installed it, I suggest that it should be done in a warmer temperature so that the plastic is more pliable.
I also installed the Tourtech skid plate, which went smoothly until I had to remove the side stand bolt. what a PITA!
Anyway, half way through the beak install I thought I was being foolish to tear my bike apart for a cosmetic farkle, but after finishing the job I got to admit that I think it looks real good.
It warmed up to about 50 degrees so I suited up and went for about a 50 mile ride.
It's hard to explain how wonderful it felt to sit on the VStrom and head on down the road after 5 months of inactivity.
The only thing I noticed about the beaks effect on handling is that it wards off all the bugs! Not one bug splatter :biggrinjester:


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Just got the new parts in from Rocky Mountain ATV. Figured I just swing out to the garage and install the beak real quick. I took the (3) screws out from under the original cowling that went into the rubber grommets. I tugged on it a bit and realized that the front body panel around the headlights probably had to come off as well. I took the (2) allen screws out of the front fairing and tugged on that a bit too, only to realize that there's probably more to it than what I had previously thought. After revisiting this thread and seeing some of the PITA comments, I just put everything back together for when I have more time.

All that said, does anyone have a fairly simple step-by-step approach to taking off the front body panel around the headlights? Do I need to take apart the plastic/housing around the instrument cluster to loosen some things as well? Or should I just be able to pop that front panel off by wedging something around the edges? I saw a couple plastic tabs underneath that appear to connect that front panel to the original cowling, but I'm guessing there's more that I'm not seeing. If I do in fact need to loosen some stuff from behind, does the picture in the following thread point out the correct screws?
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Just got the new parts in from Rocky Mountain ATV. Figured I just swing out to the garage and install the beak real quick. I took the (3) screws out from under the original cowling that went into the rubber grommets. I tugged on it a bit and realized that the front body panel around the headlights probably had to come off as well. I took the (2) allen screws out of the front fairing and tugged on that a bit too, only to realize that there's probably more to it than what I had previously thought. After revisiting this thread and seeing some of the PITA comments, I just put everything back together for when I have more time.

All that said, does anyone have a fairly simple step-by-step approach to taking off the front body panel around the headlights? Do I need to take apart the plastic/housing around the instrument cluster to loosen some things as well? Or should I just be able to pop that front panel off by wedging something around the edges? I saw a couple plastic tabs underneath that appear to connect that front panel to the original cowling, but I'm guessing there's more that I'm not seeing. If I do in fact need to loosen some stuff from behind, does the picture in the following thread point out the correct screws?
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...12-glee-3.html

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It was a PITA. If you look at the exploded drawing there is a square tab on the front mask that clicks into the square hole on the silver part. I took apart all kinds of extra stuff but basically there are 4 screws on the mask part that go through rubber grommets as with the 3 on the"chin" below. Make them all slippery. Then you kind of push your way around the assorted clips. I used the tip of a chain saw file because it was laying there. Yess the instrument cluster has to come off. Pick a warm day or heated space because you will be bending a lot of plastic. I have a shop manual and I found the pictures almost helpful.

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I think the beak looks better on the V-strom than it did on Alec Baldwin. Anyone know what movie this is?
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