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Anyone besides me losing the button-top Allen bolts that attach the painted plastic side panels to the tank? I've lost two -- the forward ones on each side. Not a huge deal but I'm certain it's not from failing to turn them tightly. Blue loc-tite this time around.

If anyone else has lost them, you need P/N 92153-0478 (M6x18 bolt). The associated washer is P/N 92200-1388.
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No, but i've stripped one up by headlight trying to get it back in straight. Now it's threaded all wrong and stuck halfway in. Not happy.
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Blue Loc-tite does the trick. Hmmm - I need to check mine and make sure they are still there.
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Wonder if blue locktite on the bolts would help with the buzz? Worth a try.

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You may want to re-think Locktite Get any on plastic and it may lead to numerous spider cracks, Don't ask how I know this.
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Wonder if blue locktite on the bolts would help with the buzz? Worth a try.
the buzz is in the speedo. try applying pressure on the speedo when the buzzing is at it's greatest and see if it reduces the buzzing.
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I lost one of the screws within twenty miles the day I picked my bike up. The other one in the front of the panel on the other side was loose too. No problems since though.
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Wonder if blue locktite on the bolts would help with the buzz? Worth a try.
I solved the buzz with some rubber washers and weather stripping, but I started to hear some vibration on my ride last weekend. That's how I noticed the missing bolt, because the plastic panel vibrates around 4000 RPM when the forward bolt is missing.


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least its not a drain plug bolt

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Maybe all the above with a spring washer.
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the buzz is in the speedo. try applying pressure on the speedo when the buzzing is at it's greatest and see if it reduces the buzzing.
yea, I noticed the same thing. I had replaced the plastic rivets on the front dash with screws and it got worse, so I put the plastic rivets back in and it got better....next time I have the dash off I'm gonna stick a piece of foam in there to quell the buzz.
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yea, I noticed the same thing. I had replaced the plastic rivets on the front dash with screws and it got worse, so I put the plastic rivets back in and it got better....next time I have the dash off I'm gonna stick a piece of foam in there to quell the buzz.
I replaced the rivets on each side of the speedo with bolts when I weatherstripped the front cowlings. If you do this, put neoprene washers on both sides of the dash mounting tabs to help isolate the vibrations....I have no buzz from the speedo now.
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the buzz is in the speedo. try applying pressure on the speedo when the buzzing is at it's greatest and see if it reduces the buzzing.
The Speedo is just one place that you can get a buzz. I replaced the speedo rivets with bolts and nylon lock nuts. I also put neoprene washers between the speedo and the mount.

The fairings can buzz pretty bad, but there are tons of good solutions for that.

I have also lost several of the screws in the fairings. What really sucks is loosing the screws that have collars. Kawasaki gets a pretty penny for screws, collars and washers.

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No, but i've stripped one up by headlight trying to get it back in straight. Now it's threaded all wrong and stuck halfway in. Not happy.
Used a taper and put sealing tape round the allen bolt. Had the same problem as you.

I did lose one of the dashboard plastic rivet. for the replacement suggestions.

IMHO, putting a spring washer prevents the allen bolts from popping out.
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Ditto to "versysred" about getting blue loctite on at least two of the plastic side covers. The plastic around the hole that comes into contact with the loctite WILL crumble. If I cannot apply the loctite to the hole then I will probably use silcone sealant as a friction reducer from this day forward.
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