A few days ago the mailman dropped off a box stuffed R&G front and rear frame sliders, and Rhinomoto fork and swingarm sliders. I just finished installing everything.
First the Rhinomoto fork and swingarm sliders. These are very well made and fit perfectly. Each slider is inserted into the end of the axle and as you tighten the bolt an angled block pulls into the slider to lock it in place. To remove simply loosen the bolt a few turns and push inward, then pull the slider out.
Fork slider mounted:
Next came the R&G rear frame sliders. These attach at the rear engine mount holes on the frame and require no cutting of the plastics. Simply remove the bolt (one side at a time) and replace it with the slider and included hardware. Very easy.
Now came the front sliders, which require cutting the carbon fiber section of the side fairings.
First remove the fairing and the front engine mount bolts (one side at a time). Then bolt the frame slider bracket in place with the supplied hardware:
Now for the fun part, marking and cutting the holes. There are many ways of doing this. In the past I've used Playdough, with mixed results. On this bike, I didn't feel the Playdough was the best way to go and decided to do something a bit different and use a laser to find my hole locations. Any laser pointer type device should work. I used the laser sight on my IR temp gun.
Start by securing your bike in a vertical position. I used my Baxley chock and Pitbull swingarm stand.
Second, find a way to hold your laser. It doesn't matter how you do this, so long as the laser is secure and can't move once you set it in place. I tie-wrapped mine to a jack stand, then placed it on a concrete block to acheive the required height. Make sure to set the laser up far enough away from the bike so you have room to work:
Then put a piece of tape over the slider mounting hole in the slider bracket then adjust the location of your laser until it is shooting straight at the center of the mounting hole:
You can verify that you have the laser set straight on by putting the slider bolt in. If everything is true, the red dot should be both in the center of the hole, and the head of the bolt. Adjust your laser mount until you acheive this.
Once your satisfied with your aim DO NOT TOUCH THE LASER!!! Then remount the fairing, the laser will project a dot exactly where you should drill your pilot hole. Place a piece of tape over the area and mark the dot's location with a marker:
Then drill your pilot hole. From this point you can enlarge the hole as much as needed and by whatever method you wish. I've had good luck with hole saws on plastic fairings. However, on this bike I'm cutting carbon so I chose just to open the hole with progressively larger drill bits until I could use a Dremel tool and a sanding drum. Then I slowly enlarged the hole as needed to fit my sliders.
Pilot hole drilled and fairing reinstalled, note you can see just a bit of red light at the edges of the hole:
As I said, for my bike it was just a matter of slowly opening the hole until the job was done:
Then repeat the process for the other side:
This was the first time I've tried using the laser (it's not my idea and I take no credit for it), but it only took a few minutes per side to locate it as needed. Not bad for the level of precision that it affords.
As things are now, I have to remove the sliders before I can remove the side fairings. At some point I may decide to open the holes up so that the slider will fit through without removing it.