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So I'm going to make this as quick as possible while trying to cover as much as I can. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

So here we go:

I grabbed a set of fairings from Summitfairings.com and have to say I was pretty happy with my experience with them.
Summit is located in China and they make aftermarket fairing kits for the big 4 along with Ducati and Triumph. They offer OEM and sponsored fairings i.e. movistar, corna, rizla along with offering free custom painting, which is what made me go with them.
They guarantee near OEM fitment and I have to say they pretty much lived up to that. I ran into an issue trying to use some of the OEM hardware but if you use the hardware they provide it seems like things may go together a lil easier. The only fitment issue I ran into was the front 2 holes on each side fairing needed to be oblonged a lil bit but again after the first pass of fitting everything I switched the hardware to what they provided and would not have had to do that if I had just used their hardware. So my suggestion, just used their hardware and save yourself the headache.
Other than that my big issue is the color not matching my OEM tank, now when I questioned that they stated that they tried to match the pic I sent them. So my suggestion make everything very clear to them, give them all of the lil details you want. I believe the more info you give them the happier you will end up in the long run. I asked told them to paint it like it was in the pic I provided and I guess they did just that but I should have added that the red is the OEM suzuki red cause my reds are a lil off now and I don't like that too much. Now after a week of going back and forth on the lil detail I was very happy to see that they keep you informed on every step of the process from sanding to paint to shipping.
when it arrived:

They even provide the plastic pieces under the fairings:

hardware, even extra hardware:

The molding marks are almost identical on all fairings:
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Finished product:
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here is another look at the complete kit shown twice on Summit's youtube page:
 

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Looks good. Price?

I can see the problem with the paint match to the OEM tank. I think it looks pretty close in the pics.

Still it is likely the old paint, especially red, is somewhat faded from what it was originally. Matching from a picture is a real crap shoot.
 

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Wow, looks great to me.

That was one of the issues with the K4 GSXR fairings. I looked at eBay, Monster, iFairings, Summit, Auctmarts, and other places that all had the ABS fairings. There is pros and cons of getting these types of fairings. That is a big con, even if they perfectly matched your OEM fairings color code, which they do not/cannot, the chances of your tank matching are going to be slim because your original paint may be 13 years old, like on my 2005. A lot of time for UV damage to occur, not to mention the spilled fuel over the years, etc.

You can bring it somewhere and see if they can color-match and spray your tank with the red on your fairings. For just the tank I am not sure how much they would charge but if you remove it yourself I cannot imagine it being too crazy.

Nice bike and good review. I see they are quality fairings, so if I need fairings in the future I would consider getting some from them. I would prefer to paint it myself though, as time consuming as that can be. This way no matching issues and you can literally make it look as good as your ability, not to mention do anything you want.

EDIT: I just did a write up in general chat about replacing fairings, options, pros/cons. There are 5 basic options, but none are perfect solutions.
 

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Thanks! Didn't go too crazy with the whole make it your own thing but I put my lil twist on it and made her mine:devil.
Wish they hadn't tried to match off the pick and went with the OEM paint code tho, I think it would be somewhat closer even with 13yrs of wear and tear. I might live with it for this year or plastidip the tank black until winter and have it painted then, I've already missed some riding and don't really want to miss more just because of paint.

Price: was around 415-450 delivered
 

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DO NOT PLASTI-DIP THE TANK!!! PLEASE!!!!

Rock it for the season. It doesn't look that bad. This winter, go get the tank matched to the plastics.
 

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lol why? I didn't think it would be that bad:|

It looks like shit to me but that is just me. The few people that have seen it have been like you saying just leave it, it will be fine.
 

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lol why? I didn't think it would be that bad:|

It looks like shit to me but that is just me. The few people that have seen it have been like you saying just leave it, it will be fine.
Plasti-dip never looks great (the rattle can black, etc). Now some of these dip your car places with professional guns and colors can make it look good, but I'm not a fan most of the time.

It will bug you because it's yours and any imperfection will always bug you. I know every knick and scratch and swirl mark. Welcome to the OCD club.
 

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I'm guessing he means that Plasti-Dip does not hold up to gasoline at all. It's very likely to get some on it when you fill the tank.

You do have a good point that I use when trying to make something look better. If you can't match the color, paint it a contrasting color so it looks like it should be that way.
 

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Plasti-dip never looks great (the rattle can black, etc). Now some of these dip your car places with professional guns and colors can make it look good, but I'm not a fan most of the time.

It will bug you because it's yours and any imperfection will always bug you. I know every knick and scratch and swirl mark. Welcome to the OCD club.
I'm not only a member, I'm the president!:grin

I'm guessing he means that Plasti-Dip does not hold up to gasoline at all. It's very likely to get some on it when you fill the tank.

You do have a good point that I use when trying to make something look better. If you can't match the color, paint it a contrasting color so it looks like it should be that way.
I agree that plastidip isn't the best option, as it never comes out nice and smooth for me, but it will be a quick fix to make me feel a lil better. And I figured the black would go with all of the matte black on the fairings now so why not:smile
 

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Another option may be to get a tank cover. I don't know if they exist for the 04-05, but I ended up getting one for my 06 that was only $65. It is unpainted, so when I get my fairings from Auctmarts I can make it match much better than the rashed up tank I've got now. It may also be much cheaper to paint than a full tank.
 

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like you said not sure they make them for 04-05. Also thinking about just getting it wrapped, just not sure which way to go yet.
 

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like you said not sure they make them for 04-05. Also thinking about just getting it wrapped, just not sure which way to go yet.
Vinyl carbon fiber heat wrap it, will hold up better than Plasti-Dip (only place I would use that on my bike is the windshield) and look better. All you need is a heat gun and vinyl wrap. You might find some in red that matches. Just make sure you keep gas off it, wipe it every gas fill.

I would still take it to an automotive place and get quoted how much it would take to color match and spray your tank for you.

Just some ideas. I think the vinyl will look awesome, red carbon fiber with the paint scheme.
 

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For the remodeling of Honda CBR1000 i trusted summit fairings.Initial feedback about the quality is extra fine.Paint job was as I instructed.A superior finish similar to original fairings.ABS plastic is of factory quality.Fitting was a little piece of work.Bolts provided alongside where enough to hold it tightly.shipping took about 19 days from the initial order.Thickness was similar to original and can handle enough air pressure and is fairly durable. I really recommend it to you all. You can contact them directly for any orders. Please take enough time to give detailed descriptions of your needs.You will be happy to receive the exact fairings you desired. This is their website: http://www.summitfairings.com. You can also add them on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/summitfairings2016/
 
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