My OEM stator cover cracked to pieces and dumped oil when the bike was laid down. I was reluctant to buy this replacement cover. Of course, the price was right compared to OEM. My concern was the fit. How close would it be? Would the faying surface of the cover be flush against the seal and engine? Would the stator be in the right spot? It was an easy installation. A thin layer of Permatex Ultra Black on each faying surface (cover and engine) and around the block seal for the wires prepared the cover for installation. The guide pins were on the engine side. The pins also held the reused seal. I lined up the cover after the sealant tacked up and the magnetism sucked it all the way into place. Loctite went on the first few threads of each included installation bolt. The bolts have 5 mm allen heads. I recommend either a long 3/8 drive 5mm allen or a shorter 1/4 drive. The wall of the cover will not allow a regular 3/8 drive allen. That's my only complaint. I was too lazy to buy the long or 1/4 inch set of allen drives. So, I used my magic elbow and torqued the cover by hand with an allen key. Installed, it looks great, the charging system works, and it doesn't leak. The machined aluminum is thicker (and heavier) than OEM. IF the bike goes down again on the cover, I'm confident that the chances of this replacement cover remaining intact will be increased over OEM and the bike will not lose its fluid as easily. As a coworker told me, the real moral of this story is, "Install frame sliders before you get on the thing."
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