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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2013, 8:46 am Thread Starter
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Repainting/disassembly of Saddlebag Lids

Has anyone actually disassembled the outer saddlebag lids? I need to have both lids repainted and would like to give the body shop the lids in the best possible painting configuration so there aren't any tape lines etc to worry about... I'm also considering a color change so it's a little more important IMHO to have them disassembled.

Looking at the lids there are two notches but no visible screws or attachment points that I can see.

Thanks in advance - the searches I did really didn't give me what I wanted

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The inner and outer lids are glued together, and thus not easy to separate.

Just remove the outer reflector, then tape up the inner lid.

If you're really OCD, you can slip the tape in between the inner and outer lids right at the edge, then let them paint right up and over that edge.

It'll turn out just fine.

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The inner and outer lids are glued together, and thus not easy to separate.

Just remove the outer reflector, then tape up the inner lid.

If you're really OCD, you can slip the tape in between the inner and outer lids right at the edge, then let them paint right up and over that edge.

It'll turn out just fine.
Thanks Ken,

That was kind of my conclusion as well - look so be sonic welded or glued... Meh. If you only knew how anal I really am After seeing Pirate's K13s painted all white I'm thinking of doing my '08 K12GT the same.

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I repainted every panel on my K13GT, still the same factory color though. It was a lot of work, and there are some parts that it's just not worth it to take completely apart when you can tape it well and still end up with a great job.

I did manage to separate the 49L trunk lid from its inner shell, but that was a royal pain and honestly, wasn't worth the extra hassle.

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Thanks Ken. I have a great relationship with my local Ford dealer and his body shop. they repainted my 1985 R80RT years back and it looked GREAT.

If I do repaint my '08 K12GT I will do the tank, upper fairing, side panels and case lids. I think it would look good with the dark grey trim accents on the gas tank and bag mounting areas...

Need to find a way to get a clean image of the bike so I can photoshop the colors onto it before shelling out the $$$.

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I bought carbon fiber lids off ebay and installed them in place of the damaged lid covers and it was a pain in the arse. Had to cut the outer shell into sections and pull it off. There is a glue line around the lid about 6" from the edge.

Anyhow-no way to remove and reinstall
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