Removing the Lower Fairing on a ZX-6R

Warning

I am not a mechanic or a representative of Kawasaki or anything else official. This page is only my notes on doing this procedure myself. Although I believe what I have documented here is correct, I make no promises and you do this at your own risk.

Objective

Removing the lower fairing bodywork on your bike allows access to the sides of the engine and the underside of the bike, including the oil pan and oil filter.

Required

Tools Required

  • Rear stand (recommended)
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Hex wrenches (metric)

Procedure

Putting the bike on a rear stand makes this job much easier, by creating some extra ground clearance underneath and by levelling the bike.

The lower fairing is the plastic bodywork under your knees when you’re on the bike, that wraps under the bike. Although it’s made of 3-4 separate pieces, you don’t separate them — it comes off in one piece.

Remove the vertical line of 3 screws, on each side, that connect the upper and lower fairings. Note: these screws are not all the same length — write down where the longer one goes

With a hex key, remove the 3 hex bolts on each side. These have a metal plug/washer on them — remove it too so it doesn’t fall off and get lost.

Again, write down where the bolts of different lengths came from.

Now the entire lower fairing can be pulled away from the bike and rotated underneath to be removed. Careful not to scratch it on the pavement under the bike.

You have now exposed the engine and underside of the bike for other maintenance work.

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