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post #1 of 7 Old 03-17-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Side panel bolt retainers

A while back I noticed a pack of faucet washers in a drawer and it dawned on me that they might work to retain the bolts that hold on the side panels of the KLR. I've had them on for a while and they work quite well.

This is the size that I used

No need to tap the hole,just turn the bolt through the washer.

Spin the washer up to the panel surface and stop before tightening it. There is enough friction on the threads that when loosening the bolt,the washer spins and stays on the bolt and won't fall out of the panel when it is removed.

I use button head bolts for the side panels,seat and airbox cover so I only need one hex(Allen) wrench to remove those bolts. Cheap and simple but handy.

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Neat trick !

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Excellent idea! I'll be doing the same to mine. Thanks.

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Oh Yeah... Nice one.

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That is a neat idea! Keep em from falling out and rolling away when you pull the cover, smart!
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 02:20 AM
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My klr also has several hardware store items fitted that make life easier.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 10:10 AM
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My klr also has several hardware store items fitted that make life easier.
Please share, RobC!

What hardware store items do you find useful on your KLR?

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