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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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OK...is there anything that can help with making sure the side covers (I have a 2012 XCT) will be "sticky" enough or tight enough not to come out.

Coming back on a 1100 mile trip yesterday (all in 16 hours too I might add)...I come through Memphis...easily the worse roads in the US (yes, that includes YOU Oklahoma)...and hit a bump that jarred my fillings out...or it felt like it and I feel my side cover fall into my leg. Sure enough, the side cover had popped out of the grommet and was leaning against my leg...so I pulled over to the side of the INTERSTATE and POPPED it back in...down the road I go and next bump...OUT pops the side cover again.

So I still need to get the side cover off occasionally, but is there anything to make it "stick" better or make it just SLIGHTLY tighter?

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Which side popped off? The wiring harness at the top/left of the left CCT side cover has to held up by the plastic U holder along the lower edge of the tank. If the wiring harness isn't held up high enough, it will not allow the left side cover mounting posts to fully seat into the rubber grommet. There doesn't seem to be as much on the CCT right side cover to make it want to jump off.

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Make sure all 3 are in. As dumb as that sounds- I have found lining up and properly seating all 3 pegs more difficult than it should be. Can be quite frustrating if not very well lit.

Confirm nothing is broken and that one or more of the rubber seats haven't been knocked loose.

If that's good.. Mcgyver mode...

Maybe the pegs can be thickened up slightly? Just enough to seat more securely, but still actually fit through the grommet (install and remove) without dislocating the rubber seat. My first thought was a couple coats of epoxy that you can brush on kinda like a fingernail color.

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Mark...yep. The left side. I put it back on just now and made sure all 3 popped in...but now that you mention Judge Redd....on the side of the road in Memphis, TN AND in a not so nice NEIGHBORHOOD, I wasn't exactly in "leisure" mode.

So lets say that I wasn't in all 3 holes when "under the gun" (forgive the pun)...So I would like the peace of mind (now after 2.5 years of no problems)...of not losing the cover again.

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The right side cover on mine is always loose. Seems like after almost every ride I have to snap the grommet in the top right side back in.


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I have the same problem with my 12 Cross Roads Classic. Two days ago driving down highway and left side come off. Caught it before it completely left the bike. Both sides come off way to easily. Seems to me the hole in grommet is just too big. I'm wondering if a little tape or something around pegs of panel would work? I need to do something because I can just image what a new panel would cost!!!!!

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About 3 years back, my side covers were too loose in the grommets and my dealer ordered 6 replacements. They were a lot tighter and I have had no problem since. Get yourselves a set--that seems to be the cure. Dunno why the replacements would be better than the originals, but they are.

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Get some big heat shrink tubing and put on the studs on the cover to make 'email more snug. May take more than one layer--mine didn't.

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Just get new grommets.....cheap compared to replacing a side cover.

Ive never had trouble with mine.....then again I dont remove them often - maybe twice since I owned the bike.

I really wish they wouldnt have put the air connector under there - thats the only real reason to remove it.
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Good input. 1st choice new grommets. Heat shrink in the meantime or as a fix. I put spray tack on mine. They never have been a problem but I just didn't trust them. I have to work a little to get them off but that's what I was going for.

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