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post #1 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Replace fuel tank cover on 2012 DL650?

Can anybody give me pointers on replacing a right-side fuel tank cover on my 2012 DL650? What all needs to come off, in addition to the three bolts on the cover itself?

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 03:01 PM
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Check your owners manual. It tells you what bolts have to come out and how to remove the cover.

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I went through this recenty to install the factory power outlet. I must assume you are describing the color panel not the flat black trim bits. Aside from the obvious screws the rest is all about finese. There are 3 patches of industrial strenght velcro that make it feel like a permanant lock on the cover. As well as the velcro patches there is one slide in "hook" almost dead center under the cover. It is also next to the largest patch of velcro giving you that uneasy feeling something is going to break off when you wiggle and slide back. You will need to wiggle-wiggle, pull away and up at 10:00 angle. At the bottom of that trim piece are 2 slide in hooks that are part of that cover. That's why the pull away and slide back at such a specific angle. If I were to guess why the velcro patches are there it would be a engineering error with a loose fitting trim panel.

I want to clarify the 10:00 angle is in the direction of the rear of the bike. Not pulling towards your chest. It's less stressfull taking a Toyota Camry dash apart than the first time figuring out this panel.
The color panel is ABS plastic which means it can break. The dull black panels btw are somewhat flexible and harder to damage,

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if I remember correctly you have to slide the towards the front of the bike not the rear... I could be mistaken. Been a month or so since I had it apart...

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Towards the rear for removal is correct. See the lugs near the front.


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Thanks so much for the quick responses. I really appreciate it!

Am I right, then, that it is just the three bolts on the cover, and then finesse to the rear? Boy, it sure doesn't want to give. Of course, standing on crutches and not being able to put any weight on my broken foot puts me at a distinct disadvantage! :-)

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The dual lock super Velcro pads at 3, 4, 9 and 10 have to be released as well as the three screws removed before the part can be wiggled off

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+1 what GW says. The wiggle-wiggle part is important to sense when the Velcro is starting to give up it's tenacious grip. What the diagram does not show is the metal hook on the tank (male) and the corresponding female "hoop" on the side cover.

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I wanted to thank everyone who responded with advice on how to replace the fuel tank cover. All advice was extremely helpful. In the end, I did get a lot of help from my Owner's Manual, too. It showed me exactly where the touch points were and the appearance of the main male/female latch underneath.

With all your help, and with the pictures in the Owner's Manual, it wasn't that difficult to do. The new one has replaced the old, and it looks much better.

Thanks, everyone!

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