You are being a great help to me and I appreciate your information and hope you don't mind answering my questions.
I will look in my kit parts package for the flimsy bracket you describe. If I find it unsatisfactory I will make it out of a thicker piece of steel and tack weld a nut. I don't think that going a little thicker will interfere with the assembly. Perhaps, TP has recognized this problem and provided a thicker bracket as mine came off of the assembly line just a week ago. I am told that they are selling these kits as fast as they can make them.
I have the passenger backrest mounted on the top rear panel. Will the backrest and panel have to be removed in order to remove the side panels?
Some say that the trunk liner must be removed and some say that it doesn't. Withour removing the trunk liner I don't see any way to remove the hand rails and it looks like they have to be removed.
I don't have a shop manual (expensive) and my dealer is going to remove the side panels (7/15) for me however, I want to know ahead of time what the procedure is and if I can pass any information to him to try to keep the labor cost to a minimum.
Yes, I know about the 2 X 4 thing. I have been carrying a short piece in my trunk that I was placing under the side stand when I filled up with gas instead of using the center stand. This allowed me to fill the tank with more fuel. I am 76 years old and slightly handicapped so, the center stand thing is very difficult for me withot some help.
While I'm at it, where do you live? Do you mind passing your email address on to me? You can contact me at
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