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Some guy cut me off (from center lane) and i was about to turn right (right lane) and ended up panic braking with the front end ready to turn. Then bang, my bike was falling right and i caught it between my legs and my arms holding it up. Being on the right lane the pavement is angled toward the sewer drain therefore I couldn't get it straightened. Messing with it and trying for 40 secs then i just had to put it down gently and pick it up. Some scracthes and the front turn signal poped out of the socket with the metal bracket and just dangling by the wire. When I got home I tried fixing it. Two things. First I tried skipping removing the fairing by loosening the right air duct and fairing bolts. Got to it but I decided to remove the entire fairing so i can do a proper job. Then all the headaches begin. Using the right size hex screw removing the lower right fairing bolt it stripped it and then the hex screwdriver scracthes my fairing!!!!!!!!!! So now im stuck with the fairing heck screw being stuck and i'm too afraid to remove the center one because i don't want the same situation (Tight tested it too). I want to finish the job. Any suggestion or tips guys. And how the heck does the fairing screws get so tight!??!!! I took it once to have the oil changed (still new to riding) Did they have to remove the right fairing? Its a 2002 with only 900 miles crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its gonna be a beater soon at this rate!!! Any help appreciated.
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I'm not sure which one you are talking about. There are 3 philips head screws behind the turn signal, the three allen head bolts that are indented into the fairing and the philips head screw in the well at the very bottom front of the fairing. If it is one of the philips head screws that is stripped, Sears makes a trick philips head screw that costs about $20 that usually works. When you get the fairing off just leave the metal bracket on the back of the turn signal off. That way the next time hit the turn signal you can just pop it back in. It is also less likely to crack the fairig.

To change the filter they have to remove the left side fairing.
 

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To change the oil filter, only the left lower fairing needs to be removed, but the left and right lower fairings can be removed at the same time. The fairing fasteners should be installed only finger tight.

The Craftsman Screw-Out damaged screw remover set from Sears works equally well on Phillips and hex heads.
 

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I've either lost or tightened a couple of my fairing bolts too tight before and stripped a few threads in the frame on one "Aluminum". The best thing to do is make sure you have correct driver size. When you put the screw back in I use a little white grease or whatever and make sure to align the fairing correctly before tightening down all bolts. The grease will help it start better, make sure its straight. Don't overtighten because you'll strip threads in the frame before the bolt will. I now have a few different size bolts making it work. Since I started using grease the bolts are still there but everyone needs to inspect all bolts every so often to make sure they have'nt come loose. I only remove the left fairing to get to the oil filter. If you break a bolt head, try using pliers to finish unscrewing, if its flush to the frame, you'll have to drill it out, possibly retap the threads and or use a helicoil?
 
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