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Blade caught on fire this morning

When I bought my bike it didn't have lower fairings. It did however have a full Akropovic exhaust. I recent bought fairings and installed them. The left fairing has padding or what I thought was insulation. It rests against the header. So I was a little concerned so I let the bike warm up to temp and checked around that fairing before I rode. There were no signs of smoke or issues. I took off and got down the street a mile or so and I saw smoke. I turned around and started home. At the next stop sign the smoke had stopped and when I looked down it was on fire. I dumped the clutch and took off like a bat out of hell to extinguish the flames, which worked and i got home and carefully started hosing the area down. What did I miss when installing this fairing. Is this a known issue with this header?
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Shouldn't happen with OEM fairings...after market I've read it's happened.
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

I'm 98% sure these are OEM. How can I double check.
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Where did you buy the fairings?
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Can you put up some pictures please? "Of the burnt stuff, and the rest of your affected fairings". I dont know if it is possible now, but you should see some part numbers on these fairing parts. This is something I hadn't ever considered to check for on any of my bikes, so I'm not sure. You probably have OEM fairings, just maybe you can find the part numbers and check from there. A raised stamp or, a painted stamp.
To catch on fire is a strange thing to say the least. It is safe to say, that shouldn't happen. Unless, you somehow put the fairings on in a fashion that is not correctly positioned, "I dont think so, because its actualy kind of hard to do", you would notice this for one thing, because, then likely something just wouldn't look quite right. The headers are quite well thought out, and usually pose no problems with OEM parts. Any company making after market pipes does a pretty good job at making sure their parts work without burning up a customers bike. They want repeat customers, and word to get around that their stuff works great. Money you know, it does wierd things to people.
With all this written, I would say that the insulation was different, or a replacement piece.

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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Is the new exhaust in the same place as the OEM ?

If not then it could have been touching the padding.

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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

It is touching the padding. I thought that padding was an insulator. That's my question. Is the padding supposed to touching the header?
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Nothing should be touching the headers.

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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

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Nothing should be touching the headers.
they get silly hot and will burn through anything

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Talking 1200 degrees !!!!

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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

on my 06, the OEM fairing has the same insulation padding. While the pad is torn and fraying (i assume from constant heat exposure) i have yet to bust into flames. and No it should not be touching the header. My lower fairings DO have heat warped bubbles and deformations from the stock exhaust (under the motor.) At this point they are to far gone to save with heat tape or anything to insulate them. 23k on the clock so not to bad.
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

Did you figure out if the fairings are OEM? Picture would be cool if you got one.
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

I used to have a set of ebay fairings on my 954...they had no padding/insulation and after a short while the lowers began to melt and warp; but they never caught on fire, and I had them on for a few thousand miles.
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Re: Blade caught on fire this morning

I haven't pulled the bike back apart yet. I'll get to it one night this week. Being a single dad of a 4 year old limits my time to work it. I'll take pics then. I appreciate everyones insight. I kinda figured that header shouldn't be touching. I hope its not bent or something.
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