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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Baldwinsville, Just Outside of Syracuse, New York, USA
Model: 09 Gl1800
I have read a few posts about how carefull and scared we are when we have to remove the Air Vents on our wings. A couple of guys in my club just took them to the dealer so when they broke it they replaced it. The below has worked for me and a few guys in my Club when they tried it so here ya go.
Tips for Air Vent Removal.
On the Tabs for the Upper and Lower Vents, I usetools made from Large Paper Clips. Use the Steel Clips Not Aluminum and go for the Smooth ones not the Grippy ones with the serrations.
Now just staighten the first leg of Clip, and bend the very end portion. About 1/8", or .125" Long, or about 3mm long, for our Metric friends. I bend them past 90 degrees around 120 degrees. This helps when you use them as a hook to pull the vent out.
Now you have a tool to help unclip the plastic tabs and use another clip to to help pull vent toward you.
Slide the first clip in the little crack on either side of the Tabs. Now rock or twist it to the side and the tab will be pulled up slightly. With your other clip you can reach in and hook the back of the vent and pull slightly so the tab is not locked to the hole anymore.
Move to the other side and repeat. I do the bottom ones first and then kind of roll the vent out. On some I have had to do the top clips first. ( You may need a Mirror to see the clips on the tops) then the bottoms, as the bottoms are the easiest to see. Then Pull out the vent.
I have performed this about 6 or 7 times with no tabs broken yet.
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