So I dont actually need help on this, myself and a few others were talking about it and I wanted to start a new thread to keep things organized. This can also be found elsewhere but whats wrong with another with some additional info possibly.
What I did was switch the biposto tail on my 748 to a carbon mono from Houston Superbikes. I bought the flat W bracket, two one inch standoffs, two M6 bolts and eight washers.
I figured id try to use the OEM bent bracket first. The two posts that hold the lamp housing to the bip W bracket we kinda welded on or something but I put it in a vice and was able to twist them off. When I put the bent W bracket on the new fairing the holes didnt quite line up so I began to file the holes bigger which was a real pain. After awhile I remembered another post about how a guy did his so I grabbed the flat W bracket and used that instead. The holes lined up but but instead of the spacers being under the Bracket and latch piece like they would be using the bent one, they are between the latch piece and the flat bracket. I wouldnt think its a big deal, I was doing this at 10:30 with little light so tomorrow ill probably just tape the lamp wires so they arent dangling as much. Hopefully the attached pictures are informative enough. The spacers were only used because the bolts I bought were a little to long and bottomed out when screwed into the fairing so I used them to stop them from seating.
these are the pics of when I used the flat bracket instead. you can see from the first pictures how the bent one didnt quite line up and I attempted to file the holes bigger. Using the flat one creates the gap where the wires are fed through though.
Thanks, that is exactly how I'm planing it. Did you have any problems with the nuts rotating? It has crossed my mind to use rivenuts riveted to small aluminium plates. I was also thinking of using some paper tubes fibreglassed to gusset between the nuts for stiffening but I'm not sure that is needed.
OK, finally put all the standard bits together like they are suposed to be on a standard monoposto tail the bike came with. You can see the stiffeners in on the molding that I'm going to recreate on the Chinese plastic. You can't see it in the pic but there was a rubber block missing between the bottom of the light and the edge of the tail. I split a piece of 8mm fuel hose about 30mm long and fitted that and it seems to work well. One thing that I noticed with the chinese plastic is that it is noticeably lighter than the stuff the bike came with.
The second photo shows a useless piece of 'bling' I've just scrapped of the bike. ONE of them weighs about six times as much as the standard aluminium item. NOT ON MY BIKE!
which nuts, the ones that are molded into the fairing? when I was tightening the two new bolts and the other two that hold the lamp housing I heard a little crack and was like oh shit so they are pretty much all just finger tight with a socket. And that definitely would be in the bling category haha nice and chromed out.
One thing I noticed that I didnt quite like is the gap towards the bottom that I now have between the lights and the fairing, Its not to bad and I guess I cant expect it to fit as well as the OEM. Ill put up a pic shortly.
I didnt know whether the flat bracket would be ok since there is the large gap now because it seems like a lot of weight to just put on two small bolts inside of a thin piece of carbon but I dont think too much weight is back there at the latch because the seat has the four points where it rests on the subframe which is where all the weight would be.
heres the gap, overall the fit was real good I really didnt have to alter much, I used a dremel to make the holes bigger for the seat just bc it was sort of a tight fit. Other than that the install went smoothly, thanks Ceij for all the pictures and list of necessary parts.
ok I forgot to snap a pic with my camera but had one on my phone from a day ago so this is it. I think It will look better with a carbon airbox, I seen a picture of a red one with a CF tail and it seemed to flow better with the CF airbox. Future mod possibly but it will have to be after the chain and sprockets. btw I took the advice and got the safety course knocked out bf class started. the first day was 5 hours of riding in the freezing rain...not fun.
Sorry to bring this post back from the dead, but I just acquired a mono tail and in the process of doing this.. Will the bi tail light fit into the mono? And also where can I buy that flat bracket from? Thanks gents..