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Glossary

Here you will find a glossary of commonly used terms in the fairing industry.

Upper Fairings

This refers to the side bodywork that is closest to the top of the motorcycle, typically these are the “main” fairing panels your legs rest against.

Lower Fairings

Much like the “upper” fairings, these are the lowest side fairings that generally meet under the motorcycle. These can also be called the belly-pan fairing panels. If a motorcycle’s upper and lower side fairings are the same, we just call them the side fairings.

Injection Molding

Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mold. Basically this means we’re able to continually replicate parts to exact specs that ensure easy fitment.
Many fairing companies wildly claim they use injection molding techniques, this is only partially true. They injection mold two smaller parts and then glue them together. This is very unsafe as it makes the bodywork very weak and easily damaged.

Fairing Stay Bracket

These brackets are located in the cock-pit of the motorcycle, also called the instrument cluster. They generally hold the headlight/nose fairing, mirrors, and speedometer in place. Click here to view our Fairing Brackets.

Heat-Guard

Heat-Guard is an exclusive heat pad reflector that’s included with all of ABS Fairings bodywork orders. We generally recommend installing it on your lower and upper fairings, or wherever your bodywork is prone to excessive heat.

ABS Plastic

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is a naturally durable and flexible plastic that’s ideal for motorcycle fairings. What most fairing companies will not tell you is that there is a huge variety of ABS plastics and that most of them use the absolute cheapest material they can find. So why not use cheap ABS plastic if all ABS plastic is the same? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Cheap ABS plastic like those used to make eBay fairings are:
  • Non-Moisture & Chemical resistant
  • Non-Flammable resistant
  • Very brittle due to the lack of special thermal properties
  • Non-Impact Resistant

 

Cowlings

Another word for fairings or bodywork.

Flashing

Excess plastic near edges from molding machines that sometimes needs to be scraped before painting.

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