Ready, Set, Rant!!!
I just installed the Motech Skid Plate.. While a great looking and solid piece of farkle, it took me....
4 hours to install
Yep! 4 hours. The reasons?
The two bolts on the kickstand were so incredibly difficult to loosen (I don't have access to air tools) that I literally spent hours trying to loosen it. After many whacks of a hammer on my ratchet, both bolts eventually loosened.
Damn you, Suzuki!!!! :furious: The color of the locking stuff they used does not exist in nature and just shouldn't be used.. Gah.
Then, after removing the bolt on the right side of the bike, the brackets fell out of alignment somehow. I ended up having to jam an electrical probe in the hole and forcing it back into alignment. That took another 15 minutes or so (had to figure out how to get it - loosened a couple of exhaust brackets, thinking that would loosen everything - nope (reminder - retighten one bracket))
Eventually, I got all the screws in, only to realize that I failed to put LocTite on them (I'm a stickler for that stuff).. So, there go the removal of the bolts again, which took another 15 minutes (that's my fault, though).
I've installed many things on many motorcycles and I swear to God, I never needed a beer. Looks like the streak has been broken, my friends... The streak has been broken...
Rant over. Move along.