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Applies to 2013 FJR1300

Yamaha's new inner-fairing cowling panel eliminates the need to remove the whole central cowling assembly to access battery and fuses.

A while back I wrote detailed instructions on the process to get access to the battery and fuses on the 2013 FJR1300 (HERE). At the end of it I pleaded to Yamaha to revise the design and make it retrofit for us poor buggers who bought the 2013s. Did they actually listen? I'd like to take credit, but it's more likely they listened to dealers complaining about it.

Late in the 2013 model year they replaced the right cowling part with a revised one which does not require you to loosen the far left cowling and remove the entire central cowl around instruments (which requires removal of headlight adjuster knobs) just to be able to remove the right cowling covering the battery.

I ordered the part from YamahaGenuineParts.com here in Canada. The part costs about $90 U.S. (about three million Canadian).

YAMAHA PART # 1MC-2836N-01-00​

I got it today to see this marvel of design. Huh? It's the exact same thing with 2 chunks cut off (not actually cut off, but new production with the pieces not there any more).

THE RED LINES IN THE PICS ARE WHERE TO CUT TO MODIFY OLD ONE TO BE THE SAME AS THE NEW ONE​
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I test fit it. It's a wee bit tricky to get on, but you quickly figure out how to slip the front bits under the main cowling, and pretty much carefully 'hinge' it down, pulling the side fairing out away from the bike a bit to let the panel clear. Then you just pop in two screws and two plastic rivets, and you're done! You should still practice it a couple times before having to do it on a cold, dark, wet road. But it's way better than before.

But basically, all they did was lob off a couple bits that went underneath he centre cowling including one part where the panel was screwed to the fairing at the front right corner. Without that, it still fits snug just fine.











Don't forget to transfer the metal speed nut from the old part.​

So, for those of you who would like better access, buy this part. It's the last time you'll need to crap your pants heaving against snaps firmly anchored to your precious and fragile fairing.

But for those who tools, talent, and time; or just too cheap to buy the new part, here's pics to clearly show the difference between the parts, and where to cut to make your 2013 battery cover cowling identical to the 2014 one.
 

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Not new news. The mod and new part have been available for a few months. Glad it solved your issue.
 

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Thanks. I can see the difference more clearly now.
 

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sBandit, though this mod has been around for a while, the pictures were never detailed enough. Thanks to you and the time you took, it's very clear on the exact differences and the info needed to either do the mod or buy the part.

Thank you for sharing.
 

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This is new to me, thank you very much for the great directions ! Very helpful
 

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I've seen posts on the update, but this one is outlined well and makes the changes more obvious than some. Thanks.
 

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This is how my '13 manufactured in June 13, last 4 of VIN 1306, came from the factory.
 

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Thanks !

Great pictures and markings- Thank you !

I have been teetering between buying the new part and doing this mod- I will do the mod now.
 

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This is great info! I used the original battery removal post the other day after leaving my parking lights on all day. Ugh! What a pain.

Now I just need to pull it all apart again so I can do the mod.

Thanks for all the info!
 

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This is great info! I used the original battery removal post the other day after leaving my parking lights on all day. Ugh! What a pain.

Now I just need to pull it all apart again so I can do the mod.

Thanks for all the info!
And.................

Put a pigtail on the battery so it can be charged while the cover is still installed.
 

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sBandit thanks for the details on modifying the panel. You just saved me some cash. It was easy and it looks perfect. I owe you a beer.
 

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sBandit thanks for the details on modifying the panel. You just saved me some cash. It was easy and it looks perfect. I owe you a beer.
I'd love to take you up on that beer when I tour through CenCal, maybe this summer. Cheers!
 

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Finally got around to completing this mod last night. It took a bit over an hour (I'm slow), but it was straightforward and I'm quite pleased with the result.

Thanks again for the instructions!
 

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what did you modders use for a cutting tool?

Thanks
 

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I dislike dredging up old threads, but I asked this question in another thread and it went unanswered. The PO of my 2013 hacked up the battery panel and riveted in snaps for a naugahyde cover. Consequently, I've ordered the new battery cover panel.

My question is, can I remove and replace the new/modded battery cover while the center "gauge" panel is in place? I think the answer is yes and that's the whole point of the new panel, but I'd like to make sure.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I dislike dredging up old threads, but I asked this question in another thread and it went unanswered. The PO of my 2013 hacked up the battery panel and riveted in snaps for a naugahyde cover. Consequently, I've ordered the new battery cover panel.

My question is, can I remove and replace the new/modded battery cover while the center "gauge" panel is in place? I think the answer is yes and that's the whole point of the new panel, but I'd like to make sure.

Thanks in advance!
The answer is........ YES.
 
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I dislike dredging up old threads, but I asked this question in another thread and it went unanswered. The PO of my 2013 hacked up the battery panel and riveted in snaps for a naugahyde cover. Consequently, I've ordered the new battery cover panel.

My question is, can I remove and replace the new/modded battery cover while the center "gauge" panel is in place? I think the answer is yes and that's the whole point of the new panel, but I'd like to make sure.

Thanks in advance!
Yes rdu, upgraded panel pops off far easier than the original.
 

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Thanks Pterodactyl and Odin!
 
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