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post #1 of 36 Old 04-09-2017, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Cover Not Fitting (not a broken tab)

So this is the most frustrating thing I have found on this bike. The dealer had replace the bad battery in my bike. Before they replaced it, the battery cover fit perfectly. Now there's a gap and it looks like it doesn't stay closed. I have read all the posts about the broken tabs ... I have not broken tabs. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem and if so how they resolved it? I talked to the dealer and I just keep getting they all do that so deal with it ... I don't want to "deal" with it! Thank you for your help!
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Frustrating for sure. I believe the broken tab thread also has posts about what people have done about the separation even when the tab is OK. I was one of those. I left off the front plastic rivet (by the speaker) which relieved the stress on the flimsy cover. Works fine. Others have tied various supports from the outer cowl to under the little storage compartment. Hope something works for you, as it is horrible to have to look at it while riding...detracts from the otherwise great experience.
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I tried to remove the front plastic rivet and it still doesn't close the gap. I will try to read more to see what others have done. Thank you for the response! I hope to get a few more.
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In one post (don't remember if it was the Broken Tab Story or another thread) I mentioned that I did something similar to what another member here did. I left out the plastic rivet in the storage box closest to the rear tab of the middle cowl (seen in your 4th photo where the tab and the rivet are very close together) and I used a small zip tie through the rivet hole and through the tab slot (seemed easiest to me). Do not tighten to much but just enough to pull the middle cowl snug to the top shelter a bit. This zip tie also holds the left storage box down so the plastic rivet won't be needed there. The result is that the small edge tabs on the cover will stay under the middle cowl edge. Another thing the dealer service may have neglected is that there is a bundle of wires from the starter relay that runs down just at the back side of the battery box. When the middle cowl is removed, as it needs to be to replace the battery, that bundle usually falls to the outside of the battery box and pushes the middle cowl out causing an issue with the battery cover. I posted a thread on that issue HERE. Hopes this all helps.
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Thank you for this. They told me they only removed the left fairing. Do you think that the middle cowl would have moved or been removed as well to replace that left fairing?
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Actually it is likely that what they are calling the "left fairing" IS the middle cowl.

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After I pulled the plastics to install my OEM fog lights, I noticed that both inner panels were not fitting as nicely as before. I solved it by ordering the updated inner panels (with larger tabs) part number is mentioned in the broken tab thread, but it's also listed on bike bandit or partzilla etc. The updated panels part number ends in 01 instead of 00. They were $14.00 each and was well worth $28.00 to me to have them fitting perfectly again.

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Just as an FYI, brand new ctx owner here, and had the same issue: dealership took out the inner fairing/cowl bit to attach a battery tender pigtail. Rode bike home and then sat through four days of rain. TOok it out for a good ride yesterday and couldn't stop staring at the **** gap. VERY irritating.

Anybody by any chance have the part number for the new and improved inner fairing/cowl bit?
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Just as an FYI, brand new ctx owner here, and had the same issue: dealership took out the inner fairing/cowl bit to attach a battery tender pigtail. Rode bike home and then sat through four days of rain. TOok it out for a good ride yesterday and couldn't stop staring at the **** gap. VERY irritating.

Anybody by any chance have the part number for the new and improved inner fairing/cowl bit?
Thanks,
i also recently discovered this battery tender pigtail- so this is not stock? and can i also use it as an additional power outlet?
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i also recently discovered this battery tender pigtail- so this is not stock? and can i also use it as an additional power outlet?
Good thinking, it would be a great spot for an always on accessory outlet
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