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Old 04-17-2019, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 1 plastics on Gen 2?

Just curious, is it possible to mount a Gen 1 tank, shrouds, and headlight/windscreen assembly on a Gen 2? I know a radiator support would be required. If so, what else would be needed?
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:07 AM
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Yes it's possible, but not easy (particularly the headlight which needs a bracket welded to the frame). With regards to the tank/shrouds, this may help;

Honestly, I'd either just buy a Gen1 or I'd look at installing the IMS 6.6 and going with an aftermarket headlight on the Gen2

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Old 04-18-2019, 12:14 PM
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The amount of electrical components under the Gen 2 instruments is probably most peoples biggest hurdle. Have you ever removed the front fairing assembly & looked at that area?

I think that with some judicious hacksaw work on the top & front of the Gen 2 fairing mounting stub, on the steering neck, a Gen 1 fairing bracket would bolt right onto the Gen 2 main frame, no welding required. The height & bolt spacing appear to be the same.

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Old 04-18-2019, 03:02 PM
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Since we're on the subject, anyone know if Gen 2 side panels will fit on a Gen 1?

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Old 04-18-2019, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Project for the future. Already have a Gen 2 but I think it would look better if it had less plastic up front. I like the look of the Gen 1's.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:44 AM
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I'm looking to do the same.(putting gen 1 tank and plastics on a gen 2). Did you get anywhere with this?
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by MTKKLR View Post
Since we're on the subject, anyone know if Gen 2 side panels will fit on a Gen 1?
Not directly, the bolt holes are in different places.

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