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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Battery cover panel modification

I've got to remove the lower cowling fairing cover and panels, including the battery cover, to install mirror extenders and figured I'd modify the battery cover panel so as to avoid having to remove everything in the future to access the battery. I've got a diagram as to what to cut off, but no idea as to what to use for the cuttin'. Dremel (I would guess) or what? Thanks, JD,
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To install mirror extenders, you only need to remove the front instrument panel cover...... there was a mod to the 2013 battery cover to remove a tab (later incorporated in 2014.... can you share said diagram? I do get why one would want to remove the remaining tab where the screw goes, and I expecxt it should stay in place if all other push pins and screws are in......... Dremel should work.

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Dremel worked for me. Then use a razor blade/Exacto knife to trim the melted plastic that will be left on the cut edge.
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And the panel stays in place just fine.


https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/11-...3-fjr1300.html


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The OP hasn't indicated what year he has...... if '13, then do the mod... if '14 or later, it's already done, and maybe he's looking for something else...??

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My bike is a '13 and needs the mod. I had to change the battery and have already taken the panel off. Try this link for pictures. Thanks everyone.


https://candybuttorg.ipage.com/cba/node/576
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I used these pics to modify my '13 last summer. I didn't remove any cowling, just the battery cover. I made sure to do it on a warm day, and let the bike idle for a while after a ride to get the panel warm and soft. It came off without breaking, although I thought it would. I just used tin snips to cut the tabs off. No need to make the edges perfect, as they are all hidden when installed.
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I got my mirror extenders on today and the battery access panel modifications done. A Dremel cuts that plastic, but it is kinda messy inside. Those little Phillips screws holding the headlight adjustment knobs are only good for a few trips. Allen (hex) screws would be better IMO.
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I got my mirror extenders on today and the battery access panel modifications done. A Dremel cuts that plastic, but it is kinda messy inside. Those little Phillips screws holding the headlight adjustment knobs are only good for a few trips. Allen (hex) screws would be better IMO.
I never remove those tiny screws for the knobs, too easy to lose. I unscrew the big knurled nut behind and remove the cable from the knob assembly. The knob assembly stays in the panel. For me, it's easier to screw the knurled nut on than it is to line up the little plastic key with the keyway. If you don't line it up properly you will break it. Please DAMHIK this.
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The OP hasn't indicated what year he has...... if '13, then do the mod... if '14 or later, it's already done, and maybe he's looking for something else...??
Even the newer ones are a pain in the ass to get off. They improved it, but it's still bad. Trust me, I've had mine off several times.

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