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Old 08-01-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Question Tail Air Vents? 2006 ZX-6R

Anyone ever cut air vents in the tail section like the Honda CBR's? I just drew up a design and I am going to cut. (Pretty much just a square but rounded to match the bends of the tail) Any advice would help. I am going to do it this weekend. Mostly doing it to give to Hotbodies Exhaust some air flow. Water protectant won't be a problem cause my bike doesn't touch water, I check the weather daily and only use certain cleaning products. Also want to get a mold of some type for the edges of the cut. Going to cut it at an angle so the actual cut won't be so noticeable. Going to vent it with mesh and I got the green LED's shinning out from it. Let me know what I should do. Thanks!

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(The white paper will be the cut out, the other white lines are from the light but helps to see the actual bends of the tail)

Any way to not mess up the paint? I am going to cut it from the inside of the tail. I have heard about using painters tape to help the paint from "veining."
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I would use the painters tape but cut it short and file it down/sand it at an edge like you mentioned so you don't see the unpainted plastic center.

As for flow, usually the others stick out a little bit more and aren't covered especially if you're sitting back at the track.
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I would use the painters tape but cut it short and file it down/sand it at an edge like you mentioned so you don't see the unpainted plastic center.

As for flow, usually the others stick out a little bit more and aren't covered especially if you're sitting back at the track.
I am 140 pounds. lol. There is like half the seat behind me! haha!
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I did in the pictures.
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how does the side of the rear cowl look? like under the seat behind the battery box....
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how does the side of the rear cowl look? like under the seat behind the battery box....
I have my Hotbodies Undertail. So you see Exhaust Pipe. But with the mesh I am going to put it I don't think it will be noticeable.

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I meant on the outside... like last pic... how do you feel about putting more or less a triangle on the outsides? Under the sharp body line?
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just wondering why? nevermind, reread the post......but if you're going to get air to flow in, you need a way to let it out.....
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i wouldn't cut it out. your going to get alot of wind drag. on the cbr's they have the tails cut. but there not open. well for the 600rr that is. i haven't looked at a 1000rr. but im for sure the 600rr is there just for looks.
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thanks for the vented pic. I am at work so ca someone flip the photo so I can see both sides vented! Please!
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just wondering why? nevermind, reread the post......but if you're going to get air to flow in, you need a way to let it out.....
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But if he cuts some sweet looking vents on the bottom side and installs some more leds like green or white on the inside of the tail section..
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i'll agree it would look sick as ....but I don't think I'd do anything like that without a spare tail and a wind tunnel....
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i'll agree it would look sick as ....but I don't think I'd do anything like that without a spare tail and a wind tunnel....
Those 636 tails are pretty roomy and hollow on the inside. I'm sure it would cool off the exhaust pretty well with all the air flowing through it.
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no......i mean it might up the airflow over the bike....
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no......i mean it might up the airflow over the bike....
I doubt it would change the airflow over the bike, he's not gunna be going mach 1...Even though it's a kawi.
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I just think with me sitting there not too much air will be going in there but just enough.
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