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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2007, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to open the Side covers

Gang, what tool do you use to open the side cover. I couln't find anything in my tool box that would do it. I had a 5/8 flat tip that almost stripped the head of the bolt, so I backed off.

Also for some reason the spark plug socket I have in the tool box wasn't able to fit over our plug... go figure..
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I have a real big screw driver that I use. Some here use their key edge, but I've only had to do that on the road to replace a fuse.


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I use the edge of my key, but have gotten pretty frustrated with those bolts and started to replace them with allen bolts. Not as pretty, but definitely more functional.

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Mine are held in with either galvanized or stainless deck screws and washers... not pretty but functional - PO did it and I haven't bothered to replace em with something better.

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Key is no go... the bolt is either torqued too tight or has rusted out..

Will stop by Pepboys on my way home and see if they have a large flathead to get the job done.
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I have an old 1 1/2 inch wide wood chisel I use works like a charm. If its stuck use vise grips on the shaft for extra leverage.

As for the spark plug socket I went and purchaced the actual spark plug socket for 35 bucks. What a rip the kawasaki site says msrp 3.50 for
Item# K56019-27282

Im going to have to have words with the shop that sold it to me.

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They overcharged ya...

However I didn't see where ya saw MSRP - went to ron ayers and they're asking 6.77 plus shipping http://www.ronayers.com/browseparts....ing=92110-1111
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I have an old 1 1/2 inch wide wood chisel I use works like a charm. If its stuck use vise grips on the shaft for extra leverage.

As for the spark plug socket I went and purchaced the actual spark plug socket for 35 bucks. What a rip the kawasaki site says msrp 3.50 for
Item# K56019-27282

Im going to have to have words with the shop that sold it to me.

http://www.kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame...OSEVEHICLE.ASP

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Key is no go... the bolt is either torqued too tight or has rusted out..

Will stop by Pepboys on my way home and see if they have a large flathead to get the job done.
Hit it with PB Blaster before you start torquing away at it - might come off a little more easily.

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Got the bolts opened up with a 2 feet long flat head screwdriver... While putting them back on I just used the key to tighten.. So next time I should be able to get to them easily.

While has the side cover out..I also took the battery out and unhooked the battery case to see how much clearance I had to get to the R/R...biy that is tight.

Anyway does anyone know what is the round black thingy bolted on to the battery case towards the front of the bike.. I think once that is removed it would be easy to get to the R/R.
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