View Full Version : GP Tech Fairing Bracket fitment issues?

03-22-2003, 09:04 PM
Anyone got one of these installed?

I put mine on today, and instead of a hole to screw the stering damper bolt into, it's the opposite, and it's got a 1" or so thread/bolt welded on it, so you just need to put a nut on there. Problem is that the thread isn't quite long enough to get a locknut fully on there. I adjusted it to make it fit by hitting the thread (easy) with a hammer to bend it a little and angling the damper so now the nut fits on enough to show a little thread on the other side. Though, of course, I drilled and safety wired the nut just to be safe.

I was wondering if anyone else had this sorta issue with it and what you did to make it fit well?

Is there some sorta way to 'extend' the thread/screw so that the damper fits exactly like it did with the stock bracket?

BTW, this bracket is awesome... SUPER light and the quick d-clip replacement ears are sweet!

03-22-2003, 09:35 PM

I have had one of those for over a year now and no problems. I don't recall any problems fitting it either. I will send you an email with a photo.

-Rob G.
CCS SW AM #203

03-23-2003, 02:30 PM
Thanks for the photos.
Yea, ya know I noticed when I got the fairing mount, it doesn't look exactly like the one in the Online Shop photo, and now I see it's different than yours. Mine's all silver:

Notice if you can, the angle of the thread, how I bent it to fit, and also that it barely comes below the nut.

<img src="http://santelia.org/img/fairingmount.jpg" style="border:0;"/>

03-23-2003, 06:18 PM
I spent many phone calls with Geoff at GP tech getting a thumb brake to install on my 250. He is very friendly and will make things right! It seems that there was a quality control issue...?

03-24-2003, 08:57 AM
Hey, just a note. Try not to let the mounting brackets rub anything. I noticed that the fairing mount and the damper mount are realy close.

03-24-2003, 09:02 AM
?? Not quite sure what you mean.. is it something you see in the photo?

03-24-2003, 11:31 PM
Yes, the mounting ring on the damper. Is it touching the upperfairing stay? If it is, it could cause some steering problems if it is touching.

03-25-2003, 06:36 AM
Oh yea. that... I checked that and it baaaarely, if that, touches the fairing mount. The bars seem to rotate fine, and that damper mounting ring doesn't move enough where the edge would catch on the mount.

Good catch.. maybe I'll pull out the handy-dandy dremel and shave a little off the underside of the mount.


04-01-2003, 11:09 AM
If it makes you feel any better, I just completed the install of my GP Tech bracket (thanks Ed & Micah!) and had the same fitment issues. The bolt provided for the damper mount was too short.
Thanks to your post though, I mimicked your mods and was reasonably successful - and I knew in advance to file down the main spar to avoid any rubbing of the damper bracket during steering action.

Thanks guys. :D

ed apriliaforum com
04-01-2003, 11:45 AM
I emiled GP tech about this when it was first posted asking if they changed the design or what?? Have not heard anything back yet.....

ed apriliaforum com
04-18-2003, 02:00 PM
There is a problem with the latest GP Tech brackets we have sent out.

GP Tech changed welders for the brackets, and the welders made some changes to them on their own. If you have a bad bracket, and would like a proper fitting one, send the bracket straight to GP Tech and they will replace it free with the proper design.

Send bad brackets to :

GP Tech
15694 N Wood Lane
Hickory Corners, MI 49060