Vision 550 Fairing
This is a guide explaining a way to fix the vent
tabs for the Yamaha 550 Vision.
Vent Handle Repair
This is linked from my (Vision Home Page).
If you have inputs to this page .... PLEASE email.
I will update this for fellow Owners (Vision
Last Update May2001
Dave "Leather" Draper JET_AV8R@CSI.COM
The custom fairing offered in 1983 Visions
has vents along the side for cool air or heated air coming off
the engine. The vent louvers are locked in place by a small plastic
tab. This tab bends (since its plastic) and locks in place into
notches cut onto the fairing vent. Well, as you can expect, after
many years the plastic fatigues and the tab cracks off. How do
you lock the vent in place now?
This page depicts one easy way to fabricate
(fix) a new locking tab onto the vent louvre.
- Parts Needed
- Small Machined Bolt and nut
- Piece of metal bar stock about 1/2"
by 6" ?
vent louvre when broken looks like this|
vent louvre After New Tab Added|
You are adding a small metal bar that can
pivot up or down. A spring pulls it up so that it engages the
notches cut into the fairing. The tip (where the arrows are in
figure above) is what sticks out of the fairing. You can pull
down on it, readjust the vent, and then let it snap back UP locking
the vent in place. Here are some notes:
- The bar is bolted in as LAST step .... since
you must bolt it in place protruding out vent notches.
- The bolt is loosely tightenned so that the
metal bar can pivot
- Drill a hole into the bar and also the vent
where spring can hook into
- You must cut old plastic tab off or it may
get in way of new one
- That metal bar is NOT straight or vent does
not open all the way. You must bend a "Z" into it.
Look at how the old plastic tab was "offset" and you'll
see what this means. Also, look at photos below.
Of Fairing With New Vent Lever
Notice lever bar is bent twice (mild "Z") to offset
it away from louver.
If bar is left straight then vent will not open all the way.