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  • Another Cowl Complaint

    Why must Suzuki build such a crappy cowl? I finally got a new one a few weeks ago and today makes two breakages. Sure I bumped the thing a tad, but for it to break all three tabs off, come one . I attempted a stander and nudged it on my way up, not to hard, but sure enough it came loose. I thought it just came unlatched. I then remembered that I have done every mod to keep my cowl secure. I got my tiller woahed, and come to find that all three tabs are snapped right off. Three days of epoxy work and its ready to be road tested. Worked as advertised for about one week. Tonight I am out "playing", and out of no where it comes loose. Touches my back and I see it moving in the mirror, I reach left and it goes right....throw the right hand out and snag it from imminent death. I felt like a pro hockey goalie who just made the winning save in a shoot out. Survey the damge when I get home, and tabs break in a new place this time. Looks like it's time to do some glass work.

    Barnett clutch springs work great too. No more one finger clutch slips. Now takes atleast two fingers to get any clutch movement. This caused my to look like a dumbass at work when they wanted to see a wheelie. Now I have to go in tomorrow and try to get them to believe me. I can hear it now, "sure you can ride a wheelie." Guess I will have to give them a show tomorrow. I am a complete squid I know.
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  • #2
    so, how about you put the passenger seat on while wheelieing? i almost never run my S with the cowl. but it is secure, and i made it tighter. also, my roomies busa has no problems keeping its cowl on. poor design on the tlr cowl i guess...

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    • #3
      Never had a problem with the cowl of my TLS. I do know that there have been problems with the TLR cowl flying off.

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      • #4
        Upon taking delivery of my TLR I put a spring on the pull cable to keep some constant pressure on the latch. That was over four years ago and the cowl hasn't budged.

        As for your tab breaking, I'd have to say I've never "bumped" it while riding (touch wood) so I can't really vouch for the durability.
        TLXR Project Bike:

        Donor '99 TLR, PCII, K&N custom filtration, Sharkskinz Airbox/Ducts, Sebimoto carbon fairings with dual projectors, QBCarbon tank and vented front fender, M4 Ti/SS Full Exhaust, BST carbon rims, Pirelli Supercorsa's SC1/2 (190/55 rear), complete '03 GSXR1K front end, AP Racing radial mono-block calipers, Brembo Radial M/C, EBC 320mm Prolite Supersport rotors, GSXR1K rear caliper, Galfer SS lines all-around, CFM clip-ons and rearsets, 520-conv w/DID ERV2 chain, Ohlins rear damper, Ohlins Steering Damper, ZeroG DB screen, Graves fairing stay, Lightech true carbon/Ti mirrors w/custom brackets, Ti caliper & rotor bolts, plenty of black Al bolts, Eurobikes carbon hugger, POR-15 sprayed frame, custom Al undertray, custom quick-release tag bracket, switchable TRE, custom 1/2" subframe risers w/Ti hardware, some other stuff I'm likely forgetting...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andrew TLR
          Upon taking delivery of my TLR I put a spring on the pull cable to keep some constant pressure on the latch. That was over four years ago and the cowl hasn't budged.

          As for your tab breaking, I'd have to say I've never "bumped" it while riding (touch wood) so I can't really vouch for the durability.
          touch wood??
          "I might just fade into Bolivion"~Mike Tyson

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          • #6
            Originally posted by godtilla
            touch wood??
            Well, that's twice in one day. I'd better shut-up before I make yet another verbal blunder.
            TLXR Project Bike:

            Donor '99 TLR, PCII, K&N custom filtration, Sharkskinz Airbox/Ducts, Sebimoto carbon fairings with dual projectors, QBCarbon tank and vented front fender, M4 Ti/SS Full Exhaust, BST carbon rims, Pirelli Supercorsa's SC1/2 (190/55 rear), complete '03 GSXR1K front end, AP Racing radial mono-block calipers, Brembo Radial M/C, EBC 320mm Prolite Supersport rotors, GSXR1K rear caliper, Galfer SS lines all-around, CFM clip-ons and rearsets, 520-conv w/DID ERV2 chain, Ohlins rear damper, Ohlins Steering Damper, ZeroG DB screen, Graves fairing stay, Lightech true carbon/Ti mirrors w/custom brackets, Ti caliper & rotor bolts, plenty of black Al bolts, Eurobikes carbon hugger, POR-15 sprayed frame, custom Al undertray, custom quick-release tag bracket, switchable TRE, custom 1/2" subframe risers w/Ti hardware, some other stuff I'm likely forgetting...

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            • #7
              That is right up there with "Hmm, assaulting their rears"
              "Damn... my brain just stopped"

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              • #8
                Someone seems to be lacking something...
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                • #9
                  i touched wood all day yesterday, and the day before....







                  helped out at my buddies furniture restoration shop....

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                  • #10
                    TL rear seat cowls SUCK ASS!!!
                    I bought my bike used with the cowl already broken and repaired but it doesn't sit right. But I really haven't had time to see if I can fix it but I think I will tonight. And who the hell wants to pay 150-180 bucks for a piece of plastic, not me....
                    I found a blue and white one in perfect shape and the guy said he would spray it yellow for me for about 50-60 bucks so maybe I will grab that and then put the epoxy around all the breaks points as a preventative method but hell who knows if it will work.....
                    The wimpy wheelie guy!!!

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