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post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2014, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Removing fairing side panels with Givi guards

Ok, I give up. What's the trick to pulling the side panels without removing the engine guards (Givi). 2007 DL1000.

That black grill at the bottom prevents removal with the guards, so I figured I'd just remove that grill. Until I realized it has two more screws on the back holding it in place that you….wait for it…can't get a screwdriver on until you remove the panels!!!

Anyone have a trick, or is this just SOP with Givi guards on a Vee?

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2014, 11:02 PM
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Am living that right now as I am doing a lot of work on my Vee.

Take the black sections off. You will need a short right angle screw driver, ratcheting type is better (Harbor Freight has one for under 5 bucks with drivers, worth every buck). A stubby might work but very tight in there.

You have to take the fairing completely off (but still trapped by the guard) so you can look behind it easy enough and get to the 2-3 screws that hold the black parts to the painted fairing sections. Good chance you will find one of them missing anyway as they vibrate off over time.

Philips head screws, usually not tight, and they are pretty short so it only takes a few minutes to detach those black section.

I know some folks will tell you that you can squeeze the fairing out without taking those sections off, but if your guards are tight fitting (mine are bent due to previous drops.....the guards work by the way), it is pretty tight and I wasn't going to twist and torque those old fairing anymore than necessary. Five minutes of unscrewing is better than busting a fairing.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

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No Givi, and DL650, but I used to have to loosen the guards to get the plastic off. Don't even recall what they were -- HB maybe.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-20-2014, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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That's a good idea about the small right angle ratcheting screwdriver. It occurred to me after looking at the panel again and the clearance behind it with everything else unbolted/clipped, that a low-profile ratchet could probably get in there.

But there isn't much space with the guards still on, that's for sure.

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