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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 4th, 2011, 10:42 am Thread Starter
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Lay out the pieces in order of removal.....

Just a note to myself (and anyone else wanting to save time) to remember to lay out the pieces or at least draw a diagram of what is removed and in the proper order, with their screws. You will save time putting it back together and not have too many screws left over like I did.

The removal, replacement and twisting of the plastic to get everything interlocked, to me, is more difficult on the K1600GTL, then my previous 02 K1200LT. I took the task for granted and definitely regretted it.

Thinking that It would not be a problem, and after all, I took my previous K1200LT apart numerous time over th years and rarely had a screw left over, I disassembled my K1600GTL to install a horn and had a bear of a time getting her back together and replacing all of the screws.

It's nice that most of the screws on the K1600GTL, holding on the plastic, are the same size, except for the two on the #6 plate, but many are really hidden. There are a few with special washers too, but if I had done a better job of laying out the pieces and kept the screws with each piece, it would not have taken 6 hours to add a new horn.

There are a lot of areas where it does seem simpler to disassemble the K1600GTL, like around the top, But the many of the side pieces interconnect and having them in the proper order eliminates multiple removals to get to hidden screws.

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Re: Lay out the pieces in order of removal.....

You could always use the trick I used to learn the LT screws:

Print out a pic of the bike and tape it to a piece of cardboard (a soda or beer case bottom works well).

When you remove a screw, punch it through the pic (and the cardboard) in the location that it came out of.

When reassembling, just grab the screws stuck in the picture of the part you're putting back on.

That helped a bunch.

Now I do it by length and location. Short screws if there's one panel to go through, medium screws if there are two panels, and longer screws if there's a rubber well nut to go into. Simple.

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Re: Lay out the pieces in order of removal.....

Although you do not have to remove the left LED holder it makes it alot easier to replace the lower left front plastic if you do.


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Re: Lay out the pieces in order of removal.....

That was odd because I did not have to remove it to take the panel off, I did have to remove it to get the panel back on! I had it twisted every which way and could not get everything to line up and fit.

It was just too easy to just remove the light. Should have done that the first time.

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Re: Lay out the pieces in order of removal.....

You can get the panel off but it is real tough to get it back on. I did it once but it was not worth the effort.


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