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post #1 of 5 Old Jan 28th, 2009, 11:45 pm Thread Starter
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Cleaning behind instrument glass

I have a 2005 LT and was cleaning the windshield with Plexis the other day. The next day I took it out for a ride and noticed that the glass covering the instrument panel had drips of plexis behind it just under the tachometer. In examining the windshield hinges I noticed some space that would allow a "drip" to fall through to the backside of the instrument glass.

Having never pulled the fairing or instrument panels, how easy/difficult would it be to gain access to clean the rear of the glass?

Kind of unusual how the Plexis was able to drip through.

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Re: Cleaning behind instrument glass

How much Plexus did you use? I've always just sprayed a light mist because a little goes a long way. I haven't noticed anything getting back there even when washing the bike.

I in no way mean to be sarcastic either, I was just curious. I have seen messages on here about folks getting behind the instrument panel so I'm sure someone will have that answer.

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Re: Cleaning behind instrument glass

What ever you do not touch the INSIDE of the instrument cluster as there is a fragile coating that is easily messed up. There should be no way anything could get inside that covering as you have to remove the intrument panel from the dash to remove that cover.

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Re: Cleaning behind instrument glass

Thanks for the replies. I would never spray that much Plexis on the windshiled where it would run down and flow all over the bike. The Plexis cans leave much to be desired in their consistent spraying capabilities. If I can falut the company at all it's that they make a lousy spray can. Even a can of pan cooking spray works much better. Anyway, I am satisfied that the "dribble" from the spray device dripped and feel where it landed by the hinges of the open windscreen. I can actually see a space consistent with where the drips ended up. I am thinking once it dries it will not be that noticable--hopefully.

I thought I could try a long cotton swap;however, there's too much risk of scratching or dropping it.

I appreciate the time you have given to respond to my inquiry.

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Re: Cleaning behind instrument glass

You'll have to remove the cluster after removing the dash components, the instrument cluster is sealed by an o-ring that seats between the clear cover and the back. For anything to get in there your o-ring would have to have shifted or dried out.

Its not that tough to get it all apart, just time consuming, 2 bolts and a rubber grommet bolt hold the cluster in place, all the wiring can remain intact, just twist the cluster enough to gain access to the screws in the back.

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