I started out by going to buy oil and a filter and a set of hex wrenches (couldn't find mine) at about 3pm. 5 hours later I finished up. :faint: The very first step according to the service manual gave me a hard time: Removing the left meter panel. Ther panel was wedged in there pretty tight and the service manual didn't provide a very good picture so I didn't know exactly what I had to do to get it out. :chaingun: I finally did, and can say that part will be much easier next time I do this. I'm not sure if the 5th gens are the same, but there are these rubber "nuts" with threads inside of them that the fairing pan screws bolt into. Anyway, the previous owner or their mechanic must have not given a crap what kind of job they did because half of them were torn in half (probably from missing the threads with the screw and screwing them down anyway). I had to try to get my hand or something behind the fairing to hold the remains of these rubber nuts in place until I got the screws to take hold since I wasn't about to get s screw in without actually making it into the threads just to have my plastics ripped off when riding fast as some point. I hope I can get those things replaced. hwell: Many of the trim clips were missing as well. I'll have to go replace them too. I'm sure they're cheap, just don't know what the rubber things are called. Other issues were that the last owner put a K&N oil filter but wrenched it on there so tight that even with the nut on the top, I could barely get it off with a good sized wrench :crazy:. Since many of the trim clips were missing, I had to rearrange the ones I had to make best use of them. Plenty of things went...not as planned...but I learned alot and boosted my confidence about at least getting in there and working on a bike. And I started her up before I put the plastic back on and there were no leaks :biggrin: I really wish I would have taken pictures for other noobs to see if they end up needing to. I'm sure this would be no big deal for many of you in the forum, and had all of the fasteners been in good order it would have been easy for me too. I went through a few beers, but I had a good time, and my brother came by and helped which was also good. It rained all day and still is, or else I would have taken her for a ride and forgot about all my frustrations...hopefully tomorrow will be nicer!