Is there a good source for the rubber inserted nuts that go on the fairing of my 06 ST3? I assume from Ducati they are expensive.
they don't seem to last very long and the rubber cracks. Are the metal twist clips any better?
Ducati wants $3 per nut, LT wants $1.50, but Desmoparts wants $0.50 to $0.70
Dzus can be done, and it does speed up fairing removal on the bike, but obtaining and installing them are a PITA. On the '04 and later, you still have all of the little buggers around the dash and windshield that can't be converted easily.
I converted my '02 to Dzus fasteners, but I would not do it again, so I just stick with the well nuts. This was before LT's bracket was available, so YMMV. For the newer style bikes, there is no bracket like LTs, but it's not necessary anyway.
I converted my 98 ST2 to Dzus and save an hour of labor whenever it goes in for service. Oil changes and battery checks only take a minute or less for fairing removal. It's been a big time and money saver and I tackle more jobs myself because everything is more accessible.