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post #1 of 6 Old 07-11-2006, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Rear blinker stem access

The locking nut for one of the rear blinker stems came off. The blinker is hanging by the power wire and I'm sure the nut is threaded down stream of the wire somewhere.

Can someone give me a clue on how to gain access?

I noticed it this morning when I arrived at work and really haven't had an oppurtunity to investigate it much.

Can I get to it by removing the seat and working my way back into the tail housing? Or do I need to removed the luggage rack and get to from there? Or is there some other simpler access I'm overlooking?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-11-2006, 02:58 PM
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You might be able to get it by removing the seat and then worming your hand back in there, but your best bet is to just remove the rear fender. It isn't difficult and I can provide some instruction if you need it. I pulled mine a couple of weeks ago to install a brake light modulator and it's easier than trying to work in that small area under the tail.

Edit ... I've got a few minutes now (home istead of work!) so here's how to get the rear fender off:

1) Remove the seat.

2) Remove the luggage rack. There are four bolts, two in the middle of the rack and one at each front end of the rail. They are all the same size so don't worry about mixing them up.

3) Remove the fuel tank side covers (where your knees rest). There is one Allen-head bolt at the front, and two snap-in retainers. Remove the bolt and the panel will pull off.

4) Remove the rear frame covers (these are the ones that have "DL650" or "DL1000" stickers on them). There is one Phillips-head bolt at the front of each and several plastic pop-rivets along the edges. Remove the screws and look along the bottom edge to find the pop-rivets. Use a long punch on the inside (along the edges of the seat cavity) to pop the stem on them and they will usually fall out. If I remember right there are two on the left side and three on the right. There is also a snap-in retainer on each one, so once the pop-rivets are out just pull gently and the panels will come off.

5) Remove the cable for the seat lock where the latch is. It is in a cylindrical retainer. Use a screw driver to pop the cable end where the cable sheath ends up (it's in a plastic clip), and then rotate the cable about 90 degrees and it will lift out of the retainer.

6) There are two Allen-head bolts holding the rear fender on. They are on the outside in the vicinity of the rear turn signals. Remove them

7) Slide the rear fender out a little and there is a single electrical connector for all the rear lights. Lift the tab on it to disengage it. Then slide the fender the rest of the way off. You may have to wiggle it a little but there isn't anything else holding it.

It sounds like a lot of work but in reality it only takes about 5 minutes to get it off.

IMPORTANT!!!!! Don't forget to replace the seat lock cable before you put the seat back on or there is no way to unlock it again! That's probably not 100% true, there is probably some way to get in and unlatch it, but I don't know what it would be so don't forget to put that cable back!

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Scott ... I REALLY appreciate your taking the time to pen that "How to..."

But, I gotta tell you that after removing the cluster of pot metal and plastic, sometimes refered to as a "tool kit", was able to get my hand up in there and felt around till I found what I was looking for.

Sure enough, the nut was dangling from the power wire for the blinker.

I used the wire as a guide and was able to thread the nut onto the shaft.

Now, I figured it would just happen again, so I removed the nut, pulled the blinker out a couple inches, put some blue thread locker on teh stem and repeated the process.

How did I tighten the nut?

I love my Craftsman stubby wrenches. I was able to get to the nut with an open end, 17mm stubby and snug it down pretty good. Between the snug and the thread locker, I think it'll hold.

It was so easy, I removed the other side just to put thread locker on it.

Reinstalled the ballast Suzuki refers to as a "tool kit" and the seat.

When I figured out I was gonna have to remove the luggage rack, I looked for an alternative route. You see, I have a GIVI top box. Anyone who has installed one knows that it would be best to use a bungee and duct tape to keep the blinke in place as opposed to removing that jigsaw puzzle.

Again, I very much appreciate you taking the time and effort to help me out.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-11-2006, 09:15 PM
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Not a problem. I went through the same thing when I installed my brake light modulator so I remembered how to do it. I could probably have hunted down the correct wire somewhere else, but tucking it under the tail right where the lights are seemed to be the best place. Besides, I could see the wires I needed to get to. I tried to get in there without taking the fender off but just didn't have enough room to do anything. It's easy to do once you've done it once, so I figured that would be the easiest way. Glad you got it fixed anyway.

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Let me clarify ... my hand took up ALL the room.

No way could I see anything in there. Everything was by feel only.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-13-2006, 01:05 PM
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I wonder if ANY vehicle comes with a decent quality set of tools. Even a Porsche I once had came with that "pot metal crap". The first thing I usually do is find decent replacements for all of them.
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