Yup, all four tabs need to be pretty much straight out (not folded in) to hold the pins on the mirrors covers snugly. I'm surprised at how many of these seem to be getting mangled at the factory. Of the two clips on the right side of my bike, one had one tab folded in and the other had two (left side was ok). How the mirror cover stayed on at all remains a mystery to me.Thanks for the vid. I changed mine based on the info you posted earlier. Great help. I do question why you bent the clip in "like it was from the factory". I think the factory accidently bent that in in assembly. I'm pretty sure all 4 of those tabs need to be bent back out so the stud on the cover will snap in properly. Am I wrong? Thanks again!
The mirror cover on the right side of my CTX pops right off, but the one on the left is a giant pain in the ass to get off. It was the first one I tried to remove the first time, and I was sure I was going to destroy it before it came off.Good job. Early on when I changed out my windshield for the first time, everyone talked about "popping off" the mirror covers. I tried "popping" them of in every direction but the correct one. Now notone will make that mistake.
If any of the clips are overly tight, it's usually because the tabs on the clip are bent too close together. You can try spreading out the tabs a bit, just the slightest fraction of an inch, and just one tab at a time. I think I just used a screwdriver on one of mine to pry it open. If they're too far apart, they won't hold the cover in place; too close together, it's too hard to remove or replace, and it's also very easy to accidentally fold one or more of them completely flat when re-installing the cover.The mirror cover on the right side of my CTX pops right off, but the one on the left is a giant pain in the ass to get off. It was the first one I tried to remove the first time, and I was sure I was going to destroy it before it came off.
They've both gotten easier but that one still gives me grief.
I just checked the fiche/diagrams and parts list on the online OEM parts store I use and it shows there are 6 total of the snap clips to hold the mirror covers on, 3 for each mirror cover, but only 2 total of the wire spring/rings. The diagram shows the ring only on the forward snap clips for each mirror cover. The diagram also does not show the bottom snap clip but it is there and accounted for in the item quantity count. I didn't realized this and don't recall where I put mine back on. I thought I remembered all my snap clips had a spring/ring on them so didn't pay any attention to it. I'll have to check that again. The front of my left mirror cover comes out easily but not on the right one.Of the four clips that must be unscrewed to get the front garnish off, which of the four should have the wire spring wrapped around them? Only 2 of my 4 have the wire, the other two are just the metal tabs wrapped in a rubber sheath.
I realized the last time I took them off, I mixed all 4 up and now don't know where the wire-bolstered ones go. Closer to the mirror or closer to the front of the bike on each side?
Thanks for sharing your short cut.Hello All,
Been a little while but I figured I would put this on here in case I did anything wrong or there is an even easier way!! Should only take about 10 mins or so to do this if set up right!
How to Change Windshield the Easy Way--Honda CTX1300 - YouTube
Sounds like they staffed the CTX1300 assembly line with trainees!Thing is, I have found four New CTX1300's with a tab bent on the a snap clip. It is always the forward facing tab. This is from the Factory assembly. If you do not straighten the tab the mirror post will not go deep enough to hold well.