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post #1 of 12 Old 07-14-2019, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Where do these screws go?

I did the booster plug, blew out my air cleaner, and put on heated hand grips. I put it back together and I have 2 screws left. These look familiar to anyone? I'm tired and stumped.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-15-2019, 12:46 AM
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I think you will find they are for securing the tank side covers.
You have to remove the cover that runs down the top of the tank first, then you will see where the bolts go.
They are part number 12 in the photo.
I know this because I have done they same thing almost every time I have had the tank off.

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Any screws that go through plastic will have a shoulder on them, those do not so they are not to secure plastic.

You need to check you have the right screws in the right place by looking for the shoulder on the screw.
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Maybe the shouldered ones area being incorrectly used on the aluminium decorative covers.

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These DO secure the plastic, and are under the center plastic on the tank. I did the EXACT same thin 2 weeks ago. On these, the "shoulder" is in the metal of the tank, the plastic drops over and the lo profile screw goes in place.

If you need me to, I can tear mine apart and snap a pic, but not until tomorrow after work. If you IM me a cel number I could even text you the pic.
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My Gen 1 DL650 has the very same screws, and I have circled them below. They are not shoulder bolts as they secure a black ABS panel which fits over a raised threaded shaft.
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EDIT: NOT CORRECT! Any shiny screw goes where you see it. The two leftover ones secure the silvery aluminum metal panels that go on last.

To the PO: You must have missed 2 screws somewhere else when you reattached the various pieces. Take it all of again and repeat and check every part for mounting holes.

SEE # 10
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One trick I learned (after it was too late) is to get large piece of cardboard. Trace the rough outline of every panel on that cardboard, and then simply push each screw/bolt/rivet into the cardboard, corresponding to the proper position in the outline you drew. Makes it much easier to remember where each went - especially if you did not prepare your work properly, or had a surprise during maintenance, causing your bike to be "naked" and starved for parts, for days.
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One trick I learned (after it was too late) is to get large piece of cardboard. Trace the rough outline of every panel on that cardboard, and then simply push each screw/bolt/rivet into the cardboard, corresponding to the proper position in the outline you drew. Makes it much easier to remember where each went - especially if you did not prepare your work properly, or had a surprise during maintenance, causing your bike to be "naked" and starved for parts, for days.

I usually just thread the screws back into the holes after the part is off, where practical of course.
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stu53 has it right.

I just started to take the Tupperware off and realized the 2 visible chromed screws at the front of the tank are much longer and have shoulders.

Once the seat is removed there is 1 (of 3 identical) chromed no shoulder bolt that secures the rear end of the top plastic cover of the tank. Once that is removed there are 2 more (chromed no shoulder) bolts that screw into the top of the tank and secure the left and right plastic panels. #12 in stu53 diagram.
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