Ah, well those clips have to come out for the rad cover to come off. Just use the tip of a phillips screw driver or similar to push the button in the center in and that should release them. Then to reinstall, put the outer shell in the hole first, then insert the center button until its flush. I made the same discovery, that the piece of bodywork and the black rad cover are actually one piece. I was even able to get it out with the altrider crash bars still installed, it just took a little creativity.