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  1. I've considered both options and I'm convinced there's no single best solution to protecting the bike. In my 15 years of riding on various bikes I've probably had five or six of those extremely humbling "tip overs". Low speed and awkward situations that leave me with the bike on my leg instead of under my butt. And one real boner at about 25 mph. that cost me ribs, collarbone and collapsed lung. Oh yeah and lots of damage to the machinery. So with my skill at falling over I think I need the help of the sliders. Just didn't want to drill the holes only to find no way to put everything back together. Are there others out there who've used silicone to keep the spacer between the frame and the engine block on the throttle side in place when the bolt is removed. Sounds a little iffy to me.
  2. OK. Thanks. My question then is how in the world do you manage to hold the spacer in place once the fairing is on again and there's no finger clearance? Glue it to the engine block? It's pretty difficult for me to keep the spacer in place while I install the engine mount bolt before replacing the fairing. What's the trick?
  3. Hello all, I've been reading the forum for some time now but never posted before. My bike is a 2003 Blackbird which I've owned for five years now. I love it and plan to keep it. I recently had the side fairings repainted and I want to install frame sliders to protect them from my usual slow motion tipovers in future. I had the locations spotted and am ready to drill the holes in plastic when it occurred to me that I may not be able to remove or replace the fairings without first removing the frame sliders. Problem is that the slider/engine mount bolt on the throttle side has a spacer that must fit between the frame and the engine block. I think it would be impossible to replace that slider after installing the fairing. So my question to the more experienced among us is.....can the throttle side lower fairing panel be removed and replaced without first removing the frame slider?? Help would be appreciated.
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