2014 R1200RT, 1984 R80RT
For putting the pins back in you might try using a C-clamp as an improvised press to push the pin in. Use something to protect the arm and head from getting scratched and slowly push the pin in.Thanks MichiganR80RT,
I did something like that to finally get them out: I raised the arms to their highest and tapped the pin with a hammer till I was able to get a screwdriver on the other side, and eventually a plier on it to simultaneously jiggle the arms and work them with the pliers. They seemed very tight, but eventually came out with the gentle tapping/pulling motion. Like I said earlier: I hope they go back in!
All the steps (left and right side) took most of the day. Mine had an antenna on the right side, so I had to remove that as well. All I have remaining is the headlight module. I have been very careful to put each set of screws in their own baggie, and mark them as needed, taping the baggies to the respective panel. I'm not normally this "organized" but thought it couldn't hurt since for me anyway, this is a multi-day project.
Hopefully I can complete it before the really cold weather comes. and I can focus on installing the ADVmoster LED in the comfort of my house! I am even pondering whether it's worth changing high-beams to LEDs at this point... But so far just pondering...
Thanks for your help!