With no parts arriving today, I decided it was time to get Nix’ air/battery box back in.
Having checked the Service Manual I knew I’d need to take the back of her frame off to do this.
First up, off with the seat!
Rear side fairings off
Next up – the tank
Obviously the battery comes out next!
Ok, now this cross-bar is in the way of the carbs for re-fitting. Off with it, too!
Tail light is next.
Rear mudguard . What’s with the wiring for the rear indicators?
The rectifier needs to come off the wheel arch next!
Not sure what this is – maybe the fuse box? It’s in the way regardless, off it comes!
Radiator reservoir – there are a lof bits in the way here…
Off it comes!
All the little electrical bits from the other side…
Meh, they’re detached, that’ll do!
There were a couple of springs for the seat clip here. Could have sworn I took a photo of them?
Right, all 6 bolts and the other bits it’s attached to removed, I can finally move this part of the frame out of the way!
The box that needs to go back in…
Second half in! Just the lid to go now…
Now to put it all back together!
There were extra Magical Mystery Wires attached that didn’t seem to do much apart from split off the rear indicators for some reason. I decided they could go – put them aside just in case, though…
I figured it was time to look at getting her front fairings back on.
I was reminded of that old Pedders suspension ad at this point
“As you can see here, the left side is fine…”
“…but on the right side, we have a problem.”
“Well, Mr. McFarlane?”
“She’s in your hands, Mr. Pedder.”
(In other words, It looks like there a few repairs needed on the fairings)
Left, centre and right front fairings from inside:
Detail of the crack and missing tabs on the right front fairing
Someone seems to have decided that using a screwdriver was taking too long here:
The mount is missing completely on the left side…
But at least two of the mounting tabs are still attached!
Closer view of the left fairing
And the right one
And finally, the tabs that were broken off:
I’m not sure if the fairings are worth fixing or if I should replace them.
While full sets of aftermarket fairings are available, a new set would dramatically increase the total spent on Nix so far.
Another option is to get another cheap ZZ-R250 with intact fairings and and either use Nix as a donor bike or take the fairings off the other one. As I’ve only found one reasonably priced one so far, this would mean switching to a bright yellow bike or mixing and matching black and yellow. Not sure how I feel about that…
A few other things I forgot to take pictures of:
- Tested the lights.
- Adjusted the front brake light switch sensitivity.
- High tension wire from the ignition coil to the spark plug was not connected – reconnected it.
- Speedo cable was disconnected – reconnected it.
- Reconnected fuel hoses to tank.
- Inside top parts of front fairing seem to be missing.
Tomorrow I plan on checking if she starts with fuel in the tank. I’ll post a video if I’m successful – wish me luck!