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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight trim removal

OK,w hat's the trick to removing the plastic panel that covers the head lights? It's held on by four tabs, and I just broke two of mine off trying to remove it! Lucky for me, it's only a $10.00 part! The service manual says "pry gently." Yea, right, like I'm going to take a screwdriver to my painted fairing. Got to be an easier way.
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I did it with a flat screwdriver with painters tape wrapped around it. It's in your best interest to youtube anything you are DIY on the bike to save yourself some agony!

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 07:47 PM
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Same here a flat screwdriver and a little tape. I just pop out the top and it comes right off no problem

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I had the fairing off the bike, and still coudn't remove the trim piece without breaking the tabs.
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Sounds like the black edge trim/or sides of bubble buggut encrusted and/or heat swelled, 10 bucks? why worry
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-05-2015, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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True, except I have to wait for the part. Not something a dealer would keep in stock. I was using the "headlight removal" technique to re-mount the fairing. Much easier to do when you can see the two little fairing hooks through the headlight opening. Think I may try some heavy duty velcro to hold the old one in place until the new part arrives. At least I was able to clean out all the old dead bug guts.
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The trick is to leave the screwdriver in your tool box....... use a butter knife. Less chance of breaking the tabs or chipping your paint.

Push the knife in until it hits the tab. Apply a little torque, and pull out on the bezel. Start with the bottom first, as it comes loose a little easier.

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+1 on the butter knife.

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+2 on that butter knife. Its thin enough to slide between the bezel and the fairing but firm enough to apply pressure without causing any damage

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Lol I thought I was the only one that used a butter knife. I have electrical tape wrapped around it.

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