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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-26-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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2013 Battery Access Made Easier

Saw a few comments from people how hard the battery access is on the 2013's.

Here a remedy posted on the "other" FJR forum.

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...s-made-easier/

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Saw a few comments from people how hard the battery access is on the 2013's.

Here a remedy posted on the "other" FJR forum.

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...s-made-easier/
Interesting info. Very unusual for Yamaha to change a part all of a sudden. They are usually very good about ignoring our stink. Something must have made them to pay attention here.

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Something must have made them to pay attention here.
(Technicians getting impatient and breaking parts. )
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I have a 14 model, i took the centre panels out to get to mine but i'm going to try again tonight and see if i only need to remove the one side panel.


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3rd page of that link has detailed instructions with pictures. I am going to try the same.

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Yeah, I saw this too on the other forum. I'll take the plunge and use my dremmel.
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I just finished the modification and I've got to admit it's pretty slick. I used mostly my grinder with a cut off disc to remove the tabs, and then a razor blade for the smaller, more precise cuts. Fit and finish is darn near perfect. If you push down on the front right corner of the right cowl after installed, you will notice it'll flex a bit more. But I don't see this being enough to rattle and annoy you, and definitely not enough to fall right off or anything ridiculous like that.

Installing the right cowl with the instrument cowl already installed is pretty easy. Just make sure you pay attention to both of the front corners of the right cowl when slotting in. Each corner has a little tab that needs to be in it's place. Once the front is in the back is a breeze.

Two bolts and a plastic rivet and you're done.

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I bought the replacement panel. Works well , but probably no better than the modified version.

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I was always dissipointed about the access to the battery comp. on my 13. Might not seem like much but try to change a fuse in the dark beside the road. Was happy to hear of the updated part and went to dealer only to find they are on backorder and with my discount would cost me 105$ plus tax. Stumbled across some pics and info on the other site and went for the red neck fix. It was easy and now I can get to the compartment in just a minute or two and without taking off the entire center piece. Well worth the effort.
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I give up!!!!!!! 2+hours trying to get to the battery to install my GPS cables. Read all the posts, watched commander install video, removed all the essentials and still could not get the front panel removed --- what a waste of time today!!!!! As well, the instruction manual must be for the pre 2013 models since the pics and my 2013 do not correspond.

Didn't want to force the front panel and do any damage --- my first entree into Yamaha is a great disappointment at least re to service, instruction manual etc.

Ride is great .... just hope I don't need to replace a fuse in less than a couple hours.

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