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    side panel/battery cover clips

    During a recent road trip the side panel which covers the battery fell down several times on the motorway due to vibration. Luckily it was held on by the bottom metal clip stopping it falling off completely and flying down the road, or worse, falling into then rear wheel !!
    The 2 x plastic clips at the top of the panel have become worn, due to constant removal for access to the charging cable and main fuse, and no longer hold the cover safely. I have temporarily solved the problem with a re-usable cable tie through the top left clip hole and feeding the charging cable outside the panel but wondered if anyone else has had this problem and has a solution or knows where I can buy new ones (with the part No, if possible)

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    After the first go at removing the cover to get at the tender connector I routed that wire to the outside.

    Many people use a cable tie to hold the cover on.

    The clip was changed on newer bikes but I don't know when. My 2017 has clips that don't look anything like those in your picture.

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    Last edited by Andy from Sandy; 07-02-2018 at 05:57 PM.

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    Mine are the same Andy. I don't like the system...it's crude and about the very worst system I've encountered on any motorcycle I've ever owned in over 35 years. It is a pig to open sometimes and will wear just like the older type given time and use. Why couldn't they simply have employed a top screw like the one used to retain the saddle to the mudguard, which could have been neatly hidden under the edge of the saddle?

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    Dipstick,
    On my 2016, I’ve removed the front clip and use a short velcro strap, so it gives the same effect as your cable tie.
    The velcro strap holds it very securely, so I’ll just stick with that (intentional pun, sorry).

    As BuckhornBud says, a very basic design H-D have used which isn’t great at all.

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    more Harley character...

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    Hi loads of suggested mods to fix this on USA forums. You can drill extra holes and use small screws to fix. However I personally use two simple short sections of wire, the type of wire you find used in packaging to secure goods the backing plastic even some kids toys are packaged using these bits of wire. I managed to use these to make the standard fittings more secure and simply put more twists in the wire ends if I find the closures not quite snug enough. Zip ties are great too but my small wire system is almost invisible & reusable & no tools are necessary. Hope you try this quick n easy fix.

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    Hi Dipstick,

    The latest battery cover clips are H-D part number 70417-04E, they cost £11.92 from mainland dealerships.

    Harley-XL-Sportster-Battery-Cover-Clip-Kit-Mount.jpg


    Here is a short video showing how to install the new clips.

    Last edited by bluenose-1956; 07-02-2018 at 09:35 PM.

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    Hi - yep - these are the ones fitted on Forty Eight - they’re ok for a while and then they start to weaken quite quickly. Hence, my fix, I’m not buying any more!

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    I just drilled a small hole and used a cable tie as others have done

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    they cost £11.92 from mainland dealerships
    I am seeing them at £12.52. Where did you see that price please?

    Rip-off Britain and no getting away from it - $9 in the States.

    Unfortunately only one of the new clips can be used on a 2008 year bike as the front is located at the side of the frame. I don't know when the front clip was relocated to the top of the frame.

    Also to note on Dipstick's bike the battery is in the other way round and slightly higher.

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