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post #1 of 10 Old 03-22-2014, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Trying to remove the front body cowling

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Does anyone have any secrets to removing the front body cowling (nose)?
I was able to remove all 4 screws but the thing is not moving at all. I don't want to pry it because I know I will chip the paint and edges. There must some technique to doing this.

I see some of you did remove this piece of plastic for painting. Any tips to this removal would be greatly appreciated.

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There are 4 screws in back and 2 in front. Then there are 3 strips of super strength hook and loop fasteners, one on each side near the headlights and one in the middle near the top of the lights. There is also a spring wedge at center bottom. Those non screw fasteners do take some effort to disengage. I've only taken the panel off with the entire cowling removed.

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Much easier with the entire front removed, which easy on the glee.

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bloody plastic fantastic.

I wouldn't mind changing the colour from white, in order for the spray painters to spray the front properly and bake it, I guess I'd have to remove it properly.
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Much easier with the entire front removed, which easy on the glee.
I'm planning on repainting the colored nose on my 2014. Dont like the red up front. What do you mean by "entire front removed"? I was thinking that I need to remove the instrument panel so I can get at the screws in back. Is that what you are talking about?
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I see the two screws on the front (eaither side) and the velcro fastners. I dont see any screws coming in from the rear.
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I don't know anybody who managed to take the colored part off without removing the fairing. I'm not saying it's impossible but I don't know of it being done. Take off the instrument panel and look for color that made it to the visible lug ends. Besides any screws, the is the hook and loop patch a number of lugs that press fit into grommets and the press fit clip at the bottom between the lights.
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I did get mine off without full fairing off.
Cluster off (left cables attached) to give some wiggle room
4 Screws out the back / inside
2 off the sides / outside

The "pull" was scarring the crud out of me expecting a snap any moment...

So, from the back at the 4 screw spots, I started to push with screw driver to get some of the hook and loop to loosen. Once I got that out a bit I could pull from the front, just start at the top and sides and leave the bottom for last as it has the spring wedge (had no idea thats what it was called, but if Greywolf calls it that, thats what it IS
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-12-2015, 05:14 PM
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Here are some pics that may help.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/275138...57657164655521
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