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    Handlebar Pad Removal

    I just picked up a 2008 RXP and have been doing some cleaning and polishing. My challenge is that I can't seem to figure out how to remove the cover on the handlebars (shown in the photo). I pulled the three screws and assume it snaps together but can't get it off. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.




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    Re: Handlebar Pad Removal

    Usually you need to remove the grips and set screws on the throttle and switches and slide those out a bit.
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    Re: Handlebar Pad Removal

    Thanks for the info. I did take the throttle switch covers off but wasn't even able to separate the cover down near the steering column. Maybe with that diagram I can get it to unsnap. The challenge is that this thing say outside uncovered for years and this piece wants to crumble.


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    Re: Handlebar Pad Removal

    No need to open the switch cover. Just loosen/remove the allen set screw on the bottom of the switch and throttle housings. Pop out the plugs on the ends of the grips and remove the 10mm bolts. Slide the grips off, then slide the throttle and switches out towards the bar ends a bit. Then I think you'll find another screw hidden on that lip to separate the bar cover. I might have a good cover here too if you ruin yours.
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    Handlebar Pad Removal

    Got it off! The photos and suggestion were very helpful, thank you.

    Turns out the handgrips and throttle/switches do not necessarily have to come off but removing them was the key to figuring out how the clips work. I have included some photos for anyone else that is facing this. What you need to do is locate the small gaps in the seam (where the clips are in the schematic provided above). You need a small screwdriver it punch to go through that hole. The trick is that the tool must also go through a small hidden hole to release the clips. There are two on each side and one in the center above the steering shaft.


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    Re: Handlebar Pad Removal

    Yeah they suck...feels like they are gonna break.

    Not sure what the correct method is to remove them

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    Re: Handlebar Pad Removal

    Finished up the project today, it's far from perfect but much better than before. Oh, and it's a 2007 not a 2008...not sure it matters but wanted to correct my error.


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