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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2007, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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unexplained, cracked side panel

okay, this is really weird.

i've got about 1,500 miles on my bike in the two months since i bought it new.

with about 700 miles on it, i installed a suzuki centerstand. in the process of stretching the spring, i knocked the blasted thing on its left side, shattering turn signals and scratching the LEFT fairing panel (the panel with the suzuki logo). pretty much said, "fuggit" and decided to live with a scratched side panel. replaced turn signals and tweaked handlebars.

this morning i ride my bike to work, as usual, but when i dismount i notice somthing funny about the RIGHT fairing panel. There is a vertical crack that nearly spans the entire panel, nearly cutting it in half.

CRAP.

could find no evidence that the bike had been tipped over in the garage parking lot. no cracked turn signals. no scrapes. just a cracked side panel.

CRAP.

could it be the right side panel cracked when i flopped it on the left side? maybe some yahoo with a careless car door? what could cause such a thing?

i'm pretty seriously bummed, so any insight here appreciated. :mad:
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-10-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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droped mine on the left side broke leaver flasher and gear lever but some how damaged the right side mirror life can be a bitch
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-10-2007, 10:52 AM
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The fairing stay likely moved enough to the right when it fell on the left side to crack the right fairing. Check the bolts aren't loose or the stay is bent. Sand the crack on the inside and apply ABS cement (i.e. Oatley commonly used for ABS plumbing, available everywhere.)
My right fairing is also cracked (high-sided on a gravel road) - the right fairing, knuckle guard, and mirror are all back ordered - common damage to a lot of VStroms?

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Sounds like a pick up or SUV door to me. Any different colored paint anywhere near the crack?
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Sounds like a pick up or SUV door to me. Any different colored paint anywhere near the crack?
no ... that's what's so peculiar. no paint. no marks of any kind. just a v-shaped crack. i left the bike parked for three days in the company covered lot when i left town on business, and i suspect that's when it happened. but there is no incriminating evidence of any kind.
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Can't think of where i saw the thread but someone else on here complained of damage that popped up on the opposite side of the drop. Must be the stress of the fall goes beyond the impact site. J.R
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I have some similar mystery damage on my left side front dairing. These cracks are just forming out of nowhere. Weird.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-22-2007, 01:48 AM
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Why don't you guys post up the dates your bikes were made (in the vin), and maybe we will find out that everybody's bike was made in the same month and they had a bad run of plastic? Happens fairly frequently on cars (usually with paint) and its a lot easier to coordinate if something happened to the same group of people.

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Can't think of where i saw the thread but someone else on here complained of damage that popped up on the opposite side of the drop. Must be the stress of the fall goes beyond the impact site. J.R
Studying the Fiche for the '05 DL1000 suggests this might be a possibility.
Each side does not seem independant of one another. It's not like each side joins to the frame without linking together. Rather, they might be joined by a bracket or some other pieces.

See Part 1, the under bracket and the part below it in the
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-22-2007, 01:47 PM
 
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Fractures to the side panels after being dropped or removed and reinstalled unfortunately are a possibility. The panel below the turn signal will fracture at the screw hole frequently, as will the panels at the tank attachment screw holes. When removing these panels be very careful when reinstalling make sure the panel is centered on the mounting boss and not in a slight bind, also use purple loctite part # 22231 and hand tighten the screws. (DO not over tighten just snug) If your panel is already cracked sand the area on the inside of the panel and use ABS cement to rebond the area, then use shoe goo with fibreglass drywall tape to reinforce the panel, if the crack continues to grow drill a small hole at the end of the crack which usually will stop it from growing. Yes it does not look pretty but its broken anyway and cannot be seen from 30 feet away
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