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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 5-27-2019, 2:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, so I found some fairings for sale from an 1990 ex500. Would any of these, but most importantly, the front fairing, would fit my 2007? I’ve heard that there’s different generations not sure what years and models are which either. Thanks in advance.
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why is it forum members ask questions instead of just looking through the forum first. all the answers are there it's just a matter of taking the time and effort to do some basic research. instead of just waiting for someone to do the work for them.

now I have that off my chest. there are two main models of GPZ/EX gen 1 87 to 93 and gen 2 94 on. while they look similar and are to some degree alike they two different bikes. if it's before 93 it's a gen 1 if it's after 94 it's a gen 2.

some parts can be used on one model but most cannot as they are completely different. the faring off one generation can be used on the other. BUT it's not that easy. all the fixtures and fittings from that generation have to be used.


not only the plastic but fairing stay, tail light, headlight. and seat as all are a different design. then when you have all that sorted there is the question of the speedo cluster you cannot fit easily the cluster off a gen 1 onto the gen2 without rewiring as the harness and internal components are different. you can fit the gen 2 cluster onto the gen 1 fairing stay but this needs modifying and all the speedo surround won't fit.


so to answer this question one more time yes it will if you are prepared to do all the work. better to get the correct set for your bike.


below is a photo of a gen 1 with a set of gen 2 plastics. so it can be done the other way round but boy are you in for a headache.
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I need to interject here. I search things out on this forum quite a bit, and for a new member or someone who lacks our decades of experience, it's a little more involved than you might think. I find answers quickly only because I'm already familiar with the forum and most of the time I already know what threads or posts I'm looking for. Even then, it can take a fair amount of time.

We need to remember that new members/ riders are just that, new to this whole thing. @yorkie, I know your comment wasn't mean spirited and I'm thankful for your dedication to helping people here. Let's please all just remember what it's like to be a newb.

We just went through a long period where one member chased other members away by the droves because of his habit of chastising new members. Six months after his departure, the forum is just now bouncing back, so I'm hyper aware of the need to make new folks feel welcome.

BTW, yorkie, you gave him a great answer to his question.
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why is it forum members ask questions instead of just looking through the forum first. all the answers are there it's just a matter of taking the time and effort to do some basic research. instead of just waiting for someone to do the work for them.

now I have that off my chest. there are two main models of GPZ/EX gen 1 87 to 93 and gen 2 94 on. while they look similar and are to some degree alike they two different bikes. if it's before 93 it's a gen 1 if it's after 94 it's a gen 2.

some parts can be used on one model but most cannot as they are completely different. the faring off one generation can be used on the other. BUT it's not that easy. all the fixtures and fittings from that generation have to be used.


not only the plastic but fairing stay, tail light, headlight. and seat as all are a different design. then when you have all that sorted there is the question of the speedo cluster you cannot fit easily the cluster off a gen 1 onto the gen2 without rewiring as the harness and internal components are different. you can fit the gen 2 cluster onto the gen 1 fairing stay but this needs modifying and all the speedo surround won't fit.


so to answer this question one more time yes it will if you are prepared to do all the work. better to get the correct set for your bike.


below is a photo of a gen 1 with a set of gen 2 plastics. so it can be done the other way round but boy are you in for a headache.
Thanks this is helpful, appreciate your time and help!
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@K-woppa my apologies if it seemed the first part of my reply was a little terse. unfortunately the older you get the more cynical you become. in this ever increasing world of quick easy answers. it seems as though some posters are only interested in obtaining what they need without doing any work to find what they are looking for, just ask and hope someone will take the time and effort to reply,

a couple of weeks ago I answered such a question that involved searching through literally 1000's of old photos to find one that illustrated part of the answer. the questioner never bothered to reply. I know this happens on forums but it's still not right.


I answered this question simply because I had done exactly that modification only in reverse. and because at least now their is somewhere to point future questions to. it seems it may have helped the OP what he does with the information is so far unknown.
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I appreciate that @yorkie. It's definitely true that many people will come to a forum to find a quick answer then disappear, and it definitely can grate on you after a while, because nobody here is getting paid to give advice (or do the work of a moderator, for that matter LOL!). It's all done in the spirit of helping others. I think that's a reward in itself, but it's nice when people respond, especially when they end up becoming part of the conversation here.

The other side of the coin is, I can see how new members/ riders can easily be frustrated by a forum search here. In this case, he could have spent a lot of time trying to find this particular answer, but you knew it off the top of your head, was able to give him an informed answer, which he appreciated. That's the forum working the way it should.

OP, sorry for the threadjack, and welcome!
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[QUOTE=yorkie;914651]@K-woppa

Thank you both for your time and I understand the frustration questions like these may cause. This is the last forum I reach out to when I cannot find the answer anywhere else and so far it has been great! No need to worry about the tone, I don’t get offended easily
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below is a photo of a gen 1 with a set of gen 2 plastics. so it can be done the other way round but boy are you in for a headache.
On a side note, them some serious risers you got there brotha!

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below is a photo of a gen 1 with a set of gen 2 plastics. so it can be done the other way round but boy are you in for a headache.
Id have been more tempted to sell the Gen 1 and buy the whole Gen 2
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Id have been more tempted to sell the Gen 1 and buy the whole Gen 2


why.
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Id have been more tempted to sell the Gen 1 and buy the whole Gen 2
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why.
Seeing some of the issues you gen1er's have, I tend to side with johna6968 on this.
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I got 99 isues and a GEN1 anint one.

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Seeing some of the issues you gen1er's have, I tend to side with johna6968 on this.

what issues, CCT and flywheel. plus the occasional false neutral between 2nd and 3rd. not worth getting rid of a perfectly good bike for. it's like swapping the wife because she needs a new coat..
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why.
Just think of all those lovely reasonably priced tyres you could have too.
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what issues, CCT and flywheel. plus the occasional false neutral between 2nd and 3rd. not worth getting rid of a perfectly good bike for. it's like swapping the wife because she needs a new coat..
Seems reasonable to me....
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