Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

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Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby Rotiel » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:42 am

I have a 1996 R1100RS with the full fairing (RSL)
I've just acquired some short 'bikini' side panels which I may fit for riding in hot weather when touring - is it a straight swap over between the 2 different length side fairings or is extra / less fixing brackets required ?
Any guidance would be gratefully received.

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Re: Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby Jaythro » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:14 am

I had thw short fairing side version and I think there is an extra bracket at the underside of the cylinder for the longer ones each side
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Re: Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby andys » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:34 pm

I had thw short fairing side version and I think there is an extra bracket at the underside of the cylinder for the longer ones each side
I've done exactly the same.
When you remove the lower fairing panels you will find a bracket on each side, roughly in line with the upper edge of the panels.
These are redundant on the fully faired bike, but are used to secure the fairing panels on the half faired model.
You'll see them once you take the panels off.
On the half panels you'll see a whole which lines up with these brackets.
You should really buy the rubber washers that fit into the lugs.
A BMW dealer will show you an exploded diagram.
If memory serves you need the rubber spacers, metal mushroom washers, bolts and threaded clip on washer.
It all costs pennies, so worth doing it properly.
Sounds complicated but it's easy when you see it.
The good news is that BMW kept these welded on mounting brackets on the fully faired bike, making the conversion easy.
There is a long bracket mounted behind the sump onto which the bottoms of the full fairing panels bolt.
Just leave it there.
It'll be redundant but it doesn't look unsightly, and removing it necessitates pulling the silencers off, which is a pain in the ass.
I've probably made it sound harder than it is, but yes.
It's a really easy job.
Here's mine after the conversion.
If you zoom in to the cylinder, just below it you can just about see the now redundant lower mounting bracket.

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Re: Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby andys » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:03 pm

As luck would have it, I have a photograph I took while I was doing the job, in which you can see the mounting point I'm talking about.
It has the washers, bolt etc in situ.


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And here's the one on the other side, just below the wiring harness.

You do need to utilize these, otherwise at high speeds you it could end up with the panels being ripped off by the air blast.

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Re: Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby Rotiel » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:15 pm

Many thanks for your very thorough reply - I'll get the relevant washers and fixings ordered-up.

It's great that, with very little effort, you can transform the looks of these brilliant bikes !

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Re: Swapping R1100RS fairing panels

Postby andys » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:18 am

Once you get the rubbers and washers for the brackets in place you can leave them there and switch between half and fully faired when the mood takes you in about 10 minutes.
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