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    1998 R1100RT side cover

    You know the side cover that goes below the seat and infront of the saddle bag? I'm having an issue with the one on the left side of the bike. The side with the lift handle. I keep breaking the nipple that goes throught the grommet on the body work. The reason seems to be that the nipple is about 3/4 of an inch out of alignment with the grommet. I can sort of fiddle things around and get it in there but there's too much stress on it and it breaks from the vibration on the bike. I've tried realigning the body work but there doesn't seem to be any play there. I'm wondering if any one else has this issue and has found a solution. Or maybe I'm just not putting it on right. Although it seems pretty simple.

    I'd appreciate any insight. Thanks

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    It's typically pretty simple to align - AFTER you get the hang of it and know what to look for...
    When installing: pull the lift handle part-way out, slip the cover over it, insert the bottom tabs, then insert the nipple into the grommet. A very tiny bit of silicone grease is ok here. Then turn the top rear lock one-quarter turn to seat it.
    And if it needs any force greater than a very gentle persuasion, it ain't right.
    Check the light gray plastic tab covers on the bottom edge; if these are installed backward, the cover won't align.
    The grommet is a [flexible] part of the body panel, so that begs the question: are you sure that this panel really is properly aligned and seated all the way around?
    Also, does the little quarter-turn fastener at the top rear also align properly & click right in?
    I've seen a couple of cases where the owner built up a thin "shoulder" of JBWeld epoxy around the base of this nipple, to add strength here, so you're not the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    It's typically pretty simple to align - AFTER you get the hang of it and know what to look for...
    When installing: pull the lift handle part-way out, slip the cover over it, insert the bottom tabs, then insert the nipple into the grommet. A very tiny bit of silicone grease is ok here. Then turn the top rear lock one-quarter turn to seat it.
    And if it needs any force greater than a very gentle persuasion, it ain't right.
    Check the light gray plastic tab covers on the bottom edge; if these are installed backward, the cover won't align.
    The grommet is a [flexible] part of the body panel, so that begs the question: are you sure that this panel really is properly aligned and seated all the way around?
    Also, does the little quarter-turn fastener at the top rear also align properly & click right in?
    I've seen a couple of cases where the owner built up a thin "shoulder" of JBWeld epoxy around the base of this nipple, to add strength here, so you're not the only one.
    I'm 95% sure the body panel is aligned. From my description and what I'm seeing it seems like it might not be but with all the screws and the way it hooks in to the tank cover and front of the bike it's hard for me to imagine it's misaligned. I didn't know that about the tab covers, I'll have to check that. The quarter turn fastener aligns perfectly and locks in as it should. The panel I've got does have an epoxy repair on that nipple. It was that way when I got the bike.

    Thanks for the suggestion Paul.

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    Perhaps the PO's repair put the nipple not quite in its original place.
    David Brick
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post
    Perhaps the PO's repair put the nipple not quite in its original place.
    Nope. Good thought though. I tried a new side cover and have the same problem. I haven't put it on yet because I don't want to break it.

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    I think it is a common problem. I have the same issue on my 99 RT and I am driving around with a sidecover with a broken nipple. I am trying to find an O.K. replacement and all that are for sale, have the nippel broken off.
    It seems like the 1996 and 1997 bikes don't even have the nippel. I wonder what happened there.

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