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post #1 of 8 Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 4:38 pm Thread Starter
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Loose body panel screw

I found the forward most t25 screw on the brake side body panel loose, (holds the pointy end firm). A '13 RT and my 1st. The screw won't tighten or loosen because I can't figure out how to grasp/stabilize the retaining clip into which the screw goes and I'm presuming it's not supposed to be free turning. A search shows how to remove the panels but no mention of this particular problem. Has anyone had a similar experience? My fingers, which are mostly thumbs, tell me this clip/nut is dislodged or broken off from it's mounting point. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 5:36 pm
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Re: Loose body panel screw

I've not had this issue on my RT. The (cheap) retaining clip should not spin freely. I'm thinking it may be held on by a plastic tab or something and perhaps yours has broken off. If you can't get behind it with a pliers or some such device to hold the clip while you tighten the screw, you may just want to take the screw out (so you don't lose it) and see if your dealer can give you a hand. The tupperware shouldn't fall off - what with other 1000 screws that hold it all on.

I would suspect, if the part is indeed broken, you'd be able to have the repair done under warranty.

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Re: Loose body panel screw

Yo, Toby...

Welcome on board. I hope you find this board friendly helpful and entertaining.

As for your body panels... let me be presumptuous and say that reading your post suggests, to me, this may be your first BMW and maybe it is still pretty new to you. Let me assure you, first, that there is nothing to be alarmed about. Next, taking the body panels off and the back on is a rite of passage that most of us have gone down.

The expected pattern is for you to be nervous as all get out, then do some research on how they go off/on, then sweat a half day doing to then discover the loose screw probably did/does not have some deep/costly/impossible problem.

After that you will be taking it on/off with no real concerns and doing it will take you about 15 minutes, if you stop to have a beer and watch the ball game. Someday you might just feel like taking it all off, just to poke around, clean a little bit and see how things look.

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Re: Loose body panel screw

Good point, I'll show it to the dealer at next service which'll be 12k. Thanks.
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post #5 of 8 Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 6:20 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Loose body panel screw

Then again, taking the panels off sounds like a plan.
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Re: Loose body panel screw

Originally Posted by Toby6938
Then again, taking the panels off sounds like a plan.

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post #7 of 8 Old Sep 3rd, 2013, 12:04 pm
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Re: Loose body panel screw

The clips should not spin and their mountings are usually designed to prevent this. I'd vote for improperly mounted clip over broken clip mount. The mounting system is in no way chintzy or fragile, but there are some unbeliveably not mechanically inclined folks touching these bikes on occasion.

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post #8 of 8 Old Sep 3rd, 2013, 8:01 pm
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Re: Loose body panel screw

Panel and fastener fit on BMWs is typically excellent.

Something isn't lined up or a wrong screw is subbed or maybe swapped with an existing one elsewhere- are only 2 types used to put the 2 side parts on the camhead fairing and most are the same- all the screws for the pointy piece are the same as are the fasteners.

Just pull that side piece and inspect- then put back. Hopz told you right- many owners get used to servicing their own for which this is needed. The bike is really pretty simply once you get a little practice..
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