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Looking to find out some answers regarding the plastics.

On the site, it states stock headers and cat will not work with it, can anyone verify this?

This Race bodywork does NOT work with the stock exhaust headers/catalytic converter and may not work with some Leo Vince exhausts.
How's the finish on it, are you easily able to paint it?

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spend the extra money on Sharkskinz. They are the industry standard. perfect fit, perfect primer, reinforced mounting spots.. very nice quality, and they are located right here in Florida :)

HB is NOT the industry standard.. and you get what you pay for in race bodywork. that is all i'm gonna say about hb.

I don't know about cc fitment on ANY race belly pan, i doubt anyone would would make some that it would work on. After all, it's race bodywork, nobody races with a cc still in place in most cases.
 

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white r6s are ghey! :bash:idhitit

Just get a gen 2 header & delete the stock exhaust. Then you wont have any worries. Dont want to run a cat on a race bike anyways.
 

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I second the statement above. Get Sharkskinz... I have an 2008 R6 that needed to be fitted with race bodywork. I opted to save a bit, but still go "second best" and get Armour Bodies. HA, what a joke. I wish I hadn't gotten this stuff. I would have been just as happy buying Hotbodies with the fabrications necessary had I known. In the end, I'm not happy so in the future I know to get the best of the best. And gosh I can't believe people have the patience drilling bodywork - never again for me!
 

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I second the statement above. Get Sharkskinz... I have an 2008 R6 that needed to be fitted with race bodywork. I opted to save a bit, but still go "second best" and get Armour Bodies. HA, what a joke. I wish I hadn't gotten this stuff. I would have been just as happy buying Hotbodies with the fabrications necessary had I known. In the end, I'm not happy so in the future I know to get the best of the best. And gosh I can't believe people have the patience drilling bodywork - never again for me!
My Armour Bodies fit spot on. All of the points I drilled were spot on the Armour Bodies dimples as well.

But hey, if drilling a few holes in fibreglass is hard work for you.... Who cleans your chain for you? That must be over your head as well.

Shark Bodies are definitely great. From first hand experience I have zero issues with Armour Bodies, and I've crash tested them as well and they held up great. They'll be my next choice in fairings as well.

Hot Bodies is definitely garbage though. I've seen enough of their products first hand.
 

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I suppose unlike others I expect good stuff with the amount I paid. I'm fine with some imperfections but not as much as I've had.

The front fender doesn't fit and a member over on the Nesba forum had the same issue. It seems as though material is lacking on the back mounting point.

The superbike tail also doesn't fit properly and of all the pics I can find on the net of 08+ R6's with the AB superbike tail - poor fitting. I can only find 2 bikes even -- all the rest have supersport tails and now I know why. I had to make spacers to raise the gas tank to not make the gap so obvious :fact

I won't jump on the bandwagon and say this stuff is so awesome because other people say so.

Sharkskinz for me next time.
 

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I suppose unlike others I expect good stuff with the amount I paid. I'm fine with some imperfections but not as much as I've had.

The front fender doesn't fit and a member over on the Nesba forum had the same issue. It seems as though material is lacking on the back mounting point.

The superbike tail also doesn't fit properly and of all the pics I can find on the net of 08+ R6's with the AB superbike tail - poor fitting. I can only find 2 bikes even -- all the rest have supersport tails and now I know why. I had to make spacers to raise the gas tank to not make the gap so obvious :fact

I won't jump on the bandwagon and say this stuff is so awesome because other people say so.

Sharkskinz for me next time.

Actually, I will give you the front fender bit. I completely forgot that I didn't even use mine that came with my kit. I just used my OEM fender.

What kind of pic do you want on the tail? I've got the Superbike tail with mine.

These are probably the best I have of how the tail is mounted/fitted.



 

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Looking at yours I'm impressed. It looks very good. The quality hasn't always followed then :/

The only photos I could find are below. As you can see neither has the ability to get the undertail up enough to mate it against the tail because the tail itself sits too high up, leaving quite a gap where its meets the tank and side covers.





And my problem....





The seat pan was riveted in place from the factory. I thought perhaps it could have been placed wrong but according to the rep at Woodcraft it's not because it rests where they want it.

So after getting spacers to lift the tank up here's the result. As for the undertail it took a bit of bending and flexing but hey - it never broke!



And the end result....


The lower we had to make a hole in to fit the exhaust - while I was bummed cutting up new bodywork I wasn't complaining. But gee only 1/4" would likely allow just about any exhaust to fit!

On top of that here is an upper view. Notice there is a too much material along the right and even with the allowed gap it's chaffing at the tank so little by little we were having to grind it down to match it evenly.



At the end of the day it's all on. I simply expected better - and what you have appears to be that. Fortunately my planned paint scheme will be black in those areas so will mask it.
 

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I know in an ideal world one would choose Sharkskinz, but for those of us without enough $$ can you get away with cheaper? I know I have seen HB that look great, but what about this: If you're not going for the best you're probably gonna have to mess with them anyway.. why not go for the absolute cheapest?
Anyone heard of, or used Pit-Eck? Under $350 shipped... big mistake or not?
 

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You get what you pay for. When I had my Sharkskinz painted, the (very reputable) painter was reassuring me over and over that it would be fine if he drilled and mounted the dzuz fasteners before I even picked it up. He went as far to say that if it didn't mount up perfectly, he would fix it.

I picked up my brand new bodywork, ready to be installed. And it fit right on. If OEM bodywork fit is a 10/10, Sharkskinz is a 9.75/10. Armour Bodies would be around a 7-8. I had the classic R6 fender problem, some clearance problems with the belly pan.

Hotbodies...I helped a friend mount hot bodies to his bike and I was ready to kick holes in his garage walls about 40 minutes into it.
 

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I know in an ideal world one would choose Sharkskinz, but for those of us without enough $$ can you get away with cheaper? I know I have seen HB that look great, but what about this: If you're not going for the best you're probably gonna have to mess with them anyway.. why not go for the absolute cheapest?
Anyone heard of, or used Pit-Eck? Under $350 shipped... big mistake or not?

I'm perplexed on how you have some of the nicest ($$$) parts on your bike, but you're looking to save a few hundred bucks on bodywork?

It sounds really stupid, but you don't realize just how nice it is having good fitting bodywork until you realize how often you install/remove the body panels, and you gotta fight the shit, ALL THE TIME.
 

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You get what you pay for. When I had my Sharkskinz painted, the (very reputable) painter was reassuring me over and over that it would be fine if he drilled and mounted the dzuz fasteners before I even picked it up. He went as far to say that if it didn't mount up perfectly, he would fix it.

I picked up my brand new bodywork, ready to be installed. And it fit right on. If OEM bodywork fit is a 10/10, Sharkskinz is a 9.75/10. Armour Bodies would be around a 7-8. I had the classic R6 fender problem, some clearance problems with the belly pan.

Hotbodies...I helped a friend mount hot bodies to his bike and I was ready to kick holes in his garage walls about 40 minutes into it.

I understand that you get what you pay for. I guess I'm trying to find out exactly why something like sharkskins is worth 3 times the price.
If its just about fitment, I have no problem spending a few hours getting it to fit.
What are some of the common disadvantages of getting cheap plastics (fiberglass race plastics, not china plastic.. I know of plenty of issues with some cheap china stuff, such as melting, very poor quality plastic, brittle, etc.
 

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Cheap fiberglass cracks. Good bodywork flexes. I've been down in cheap stuff and it just splinters apart. My last set was armour bodies, which wasn't exactly perfect on fitment, but crashed very well! The whole armour bodies seat pan design sucks though!
 

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I understand that you get what you pay for. I guess I'm trying to find out exactly why something like sharkskins is worth 3 times the price.
If its just about fitment, I have no problem spending a few hours getting it to fit.
What are some of the common disadvantages of getting cheap plastics (fiberglass race plastics, not china plastic.. I know of plenty of issues with some cheap china stuff, such as melting, very poor quality plastic, brittle, etc.
The process in which the fiberglass is made allows the higher end bodywork to be much stronger, while also being much more flexible. Flexible bodywork means it doesn't "explode" when you crash it.

I will give you the fact that it's extremely hard to replicate a crash, and no two crashes are the same. However, overall, I have seen more hotbodies bodywork get rendered into a useless, not-worth-repairing state more than I have seen Armour Bodies/Sharkskinz.
 

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i won't even waste my time or the expense of paint on cheap bodywork. Sharkskinz is all i use (i hear good things about armour too). I have been racing with an upper and a lower on one of my 2 bikes for 3 seasons.. 2 small falls, no issues. (used yellow duct tape over the 2" area of the upper that ground down a little).
it fits, it's strong, painters love it, and it lasts. there is a reason it costs a little more.
 

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spend the extra money on Sharkskinz. They are the industry standard. perfect fit, perfect primer, reinforced mounting spots.. very nice quality, and they are located right here in Florida :)

HB is NOT the industry standard.. and you get what you pay for in race bodywork. that is all i'm gonna say about hb.

I don't know about cc fitment on ANY race belly pan, i doubt anyone would would make some that it would work on. After all, it's race bodywork, nobody races with a cc still in place in most cases.

For what it's worth, Optimal fairings (08+) say that they do not fit with stock exhaust/cat/header, but mine seem to fit just fine, with enough room for heat shielding even. Not sure if they recently updated the mold or something. They also work with the kickstand. Fitment is not as great as I would have hoped, but it's not bad considering the price, and should not be very visible once painted/wrapped.
 

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Can someone point me in the direction of a race windscreen that has mounting holes at the mirror location instead of the little wavy piece?
 

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I've mounted a lot of hotbodies and it isn't that bad. It's not worth 650 a set but if you get in on the 2 for 1 deal it works. I've got it on 4 of our race bikes and its holding up well. It's not ab or ss quality but for new guys or guys on a budget it works.

Hotbodies and $30 worth of rattle can paint.

 

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I've mounted a lot of hotbodies and it isn't that bad. It's not worth 650 a set but if you get in on the 2 for 1 deal it works. I've got it on 4 of our race bikes and its holding up well. It's not ab or ss quality but for new guys or guys on a budget it works.
What 2 for 1 deal?? How do I get that!? :):secret
 
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