Installing a belly pan on your motorcycle

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When it comes to adding that personal touch to your naked bike and creating an ultra cool look, installing a belly pan is a popular and easy way to customise your machine.

It's a great way to enhance the look of any unfaired street bike, making it more eye-catching and dynamic. The manufacturer Bodystyle offers belly pans with stylish designs and sleek lines for a wide range of models that come supplied with mounting sets and TÜV vehicle approval.

Installation of the belly pan is quite simple and does not require any special tools (a set of Phillips screwdrivers and hex keys in the usual sizes should do you fine). Before starting work, jack up the motorbike and secure it against toppling over. We also recommend laying out a wool blanket or towel for the belly pan parts to prevent any scratches.

If you've got yourself an unpainted belly pan, always trial fit it first – and make quite sure it's the right fit before taking it to a trusted paint shop for your chosen finish. The original colour code for your bike can often be found under the seat, on a metal plate attached to the frame. If not, check your bike manual or consult your local motorcycle dealer. And now we can start installing our Bodystyle belly pan:

Our example shows installation on a Kawasaki Z 750, built 2007 or later

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Loosely secure brackets

Attaching the brackets for the belly pan

Start by attaching the brackets supplied to the original mounts on the engine block, on the right side as viewed in the direction of travel. Only secure them loosely, so that they can be adjusted later when you align the belly pan. The belly pan comes with specific mounting instructions for each motorcycle model!

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Insert rubber spacers

Insert the rubber spacers between the bracket and the belly pan. These rubber spacers are important for dampening the vibrations and thus extending the service life of your belly pan.

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Secure the right part of the belly pan

Manually tighten the right side (viewed in the direction of travel) of the belly pan to the brackets using the hexagon socket head screws supplied.

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Repeat steps 1-3 on the left side

Now repeat steps 1-3 for the left side.

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Insert crosspiece

Final assembly and alignment

Finally, fit the crosspiece between the two belly pan halves. The crosspiece can be fitted either to the front or the back of the belly pan – giving you a little leeway for personal taste.

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Tighten all screws

Finally, align the belly pan halves so that they are symmetric and no part of the pan is touching the manifold or any moving parts. Installation must be tension-free – if necessary, it's better to bend a mounting lug a little or use a spacer rather than tightening the screws until the plastic parts are pressed against the securing points under tension! Once you're sure everything is a snug fit, give all the screws a final few turns to fully tighten.

Important: Tighten the screws carefully because overtightening may cause damage. Never allow oil pressure relief and fuel drain hoses to hang into the belly pan, as any dripping oil or fuel may damage the plastic, causing it to become porous and brittle.

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Problems getting spare parts? Or maybe you've got a technical question about your motorcycle or an accessory The Louis Technical Centre can help! Remember to quote all the necessary details of your vehicle – better still, send us a copy of your registration document.

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Please note!

These tips for DIY mechanics contain general recommendations that may not apply to all vehicles or all individual components. As local conditions may vary considerably, we are unable to guarantee the correctness of information in these tips for DIY mechanics.

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