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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Changing my air filter

This job is making me miss my old Kawasaki Voyager XII. Changing the air filter was a snap. Compounding the problem is whoever last did this job put everything back together with air wrenches. Holy crap! I've dug down to the last two hex bolts holding the dashboard on my 2005 Goldwing, and they won't budge. I soaked them with some type of liquid wrench product and decided to call it a night. Is there a better way to loosen those? I found a pretty good Youtube video to walk me through the process. Other than there being way too many steps, it isn't too hard, except for those stuck bolts. I told my wife to watch out, as I would be feeling mighty manly when I finally get this job done!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 05:56 PM
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I suggest an impact rated socket attached to an impact wrench/drill. These also come in "right angle' configurations for tight spaces. I have used flex adapters before for really tight conditions. but sometimes they don't survive.
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Just be careful with what you spray on the plastic. A lot of that stuff makes the plastic brittle.
The impact drill is your best bet. That a good allen bit.
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Ok. I got the bolts out by soaking them in liquid wrench overnight, then giving them a quick whack with a hammer before I unscrewed them. Now I'm stuck trying to unhook the electrical connector underneath the dashboard, right in front of the key switch. I've watched two videos and the guys just reach in there and presto-change-o, the connector is unhooked. I reach in there and nothing happens other than I scrape my hand every time. Grrr. Any tips on getting this connector apart?
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If you think your bike is hard, wait until you get a 2018/19 bike . . . .
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It is a little hard to release the clip. You may be able to see it better if you remove the trim around the ignition switch hole and look down through it.
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Can't help you with getting that plug apart, it's a bear, but what I did with mine years ago was to file off the little tab that locks it. Mine comes apart easily with a tug now and has never come apart on its own.

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That clip is not that hard once you have done it a couple times. Take a small flat bladed screwdriver and ontop of that connector from the right side press down on the catch with the screwdriver and pull the connector out at the same time. Some people file that catch off after they get it out. When you put everything back together those screws or bolts don't need to be but lightly hand tight. Put rags along so you don't drop a tool down into the black hole.

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I suggest an impact rated socket attached to an impact wrench/drill. These also come in "right angle' configurations for tight spaces. I have used flex adapters before for really tight conditions. but sometimes they don't survive.
Yes, I have a 3/8 impact driver and socket allens and socket phillips to use on those gorilla fasteners that people think to over tighten because their bikes are flying to the moon or something. Usually a tap in the impact driver is enough to have the fastener turn just a tiny bit so a regular tool will work.
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