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We have a 2002 GL1800 that we are trying to bleed the clutch on. We are having trouble getting the cowling off to get to the slave cylinder. We've watched endless videos on YouTube - they say to remove the six screws and get to the clips. In every video, at this point the cowling is magically removed, but doesn't say how they did it. On this forum, someone posted that there is a trick to this, but the link doesn't work. Can anyone help us? We need to get the clutch working so that we can put the bike up for sale (due to health/mobility issues, we can no longer ride). Either a video (preferred) or a detailed explanation of how to get past this point would be greatly appreciated. We know what to do once it is off, just can't seem to get past this point, hubby is getting very frustrated.
 

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You must lift up the black piece above it and then you need to pull out a little on the lowest point on the faring and work a tab on the grey cowl in towards the center of the engine and around the part on the faring. It is a pain in the butt and just as bad for re-install. Some engineer that came up with what part of what piece of plastic went where needs to be made to put on and remove that part and only that part 100 times a day for a month without breaking anything so he realizes just how dumb he is......
 

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We have a 2002 GL1800 that we are trying to bleed the clutch on. We are having trouble getting the cowling off to get to the slave cylinder. We've watched endless videos on YouTube - they say to remove the six screws and get to the clips. In every video, at this point the cowling is magically removed, but doesn't say how they did it. On this forum, someone posted that there is a trick to this, but the link doesn't work. Can anyone help us? We need to get the clutch working so that we can put the bike up for sale (due to health/mobility issues, we can no longer ride). Either a video (preferred) or a detailed explanation of how to get past this point would be greatly appreciated. We know what to do once it is off, just can't seem to get past this point, hubby is getting very frustrated.
If you have fog lights, and/or a chome lower center cowl, and/or a chome timing cover, it can complicate the removal and installation of the lower center cowl. Honda does a great job providing gaps between parts, and the aftermarket world does a great job filling them in which can make removal challenging.

In either case, your lower center cowl will need to slide from one side to the other as it's upper nut-plate tab's on each side clears the inner cowls on each side. In the fishe below, see part #15 and the tab that it happens to point too, your lower center cowl has to clear that.

 

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You must lift up the black piece above it and then you need to pull out a little on the lowest point on the faring and work a tab on the grey cowl in towards the center of the engine and around the part on the faring. It is a pain in the butt and just as bad for re-install. Some engineer that came up with what part of what piece of plastic went where needs to be made to put on and remove that part and only that part 100 times a day for a month without breaking anything so he realizes just how dumb he is......
I've decided HONDA assembled everything to make it more difficult on purpose. They want you to take it to the dealer;)
 

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