Installing the beak

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  1. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    While installing handlebar risers today, I accidentally dropped the e-torx bit inside the plastics somewhere next to the cylinders. :baldy After shaking the bike a bit, I realized that the bit is lodged in deep for good. I had removed the front side panels in a hurry to get to it, and forgot the order in which I was dismantling them. I managed to fish out the e-torx bit, but while putting the panels back, I can't figure out how to put the front beak back on.

    There is this plastic part that fits in the middle which has the thread for the top screw. The screw also goes in through a slot in the beak, and a slot in the side panel. After trying to figure out which piece goes in how, I came to the conclusion that it should be beak first, side panel next and the plastic thingy at the last. The problem with this approach is that I can't get the beak to fit in snug. It's hard to explain this but if I am not making sense, I can post some pics to explain what I am saying.

    Since I had taken out both panels at the same time, now I do not have a reference to compare how it was originally done :baldy Can any of you folks explain how this is done? I know this is simple stuff, but I happen to be mechanically challenged :doh
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  2. Reaver

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    Oh boy...reminds me of when I was a kid and I opened up my dads 25' tape measure. Worse than a can of nuts with a spring snake in it.

    Yeah, it's a mini puzzle that has tab A going into slot B. I'm bored so I'll go try for some pics.

    NEXT TIME:

    You can remove either side panel first, then leave the beak attatched to the other panel and remove it as an assembly. That's how to do it more efficiently and then you can look at the assembled side to see how the other is supposed to go.

    Stand by......
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    Ok so I need the posting practise and the associated kharma. My odd-o-meter is low and am planning a trip now.

    This is the assembled correctly pic:

    :mad?:mad? Well now I'm about to learn how to use Smugmug and/or Photobucket. You're probably done and gone by now.........
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  5. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this. I wonder how I missed this the fist time around, it was really simple afterall. Of course, your bike could do with a wash :D

    There's a post here on advrider that shows how to attach images. Basically, you attach them with the img tag from photobucket, like

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    and

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    Click on reply with quote and you'll see what I did
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    Ok, maybe.

    This is the assembled pic:

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    This hopefully helps:

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    Assemble one side panel
    install beak with one back bolt
    install front plastic piece correctly on that side and bolt up
    install opposite side panel with one or two screws loosely so it doesn't fall off
    spread side panel so plastic piece goes into slot properly
    bolt front of beak then rear

    Ride safe.
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    I see you beat me to it!

    Yes I figured it out. Would rather ride instead of lernin' these damn confuser stuff.

    Wash a GS?? Now you're being funny! Suppose I ought to wash the Jeep too. No, I use them both as intended. It rained today, shoulda left it out.
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    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    So I was actually doing it the correct way, it's hard to see what's where if the headlight assembly is still on. The plastic part, TAB A is bent out of shape. I tried twisting it, but it looks very fragile. I've given it a good dose of loctite for now, that should hold it up till the next time I have to dismantle. :D
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