February 01, 2010
I know that my luggage rack is not the OEM version that most riders have. However, to get the quarter panels off of my bike, the process is nearly the same as for “stock riders”. The luggage rack has to be removed, to remove the quarter panels from the DL-650.
I have modified both of my quarter panels. By doing this modification, the normal chore of removing the panels, has become pretty darn easy now.
Here is the right quarter panel, removed and “as is” from the factory, (Okay, the factory does not supply a finish of West System epoxy with black, graphite powder mixed in, and sanded up to a “brushed look” appearance like I have here. That was my doing!).
Using my Dremel tool, and a cut-off wheel, I cut a section of the quarter panel out.
Then, I filed a “pocket” with a coarse rasp file.
Now, when I need to remove my quarter panels, I “un-pop” all of the plastic fittings and remove the screw at the front of each panel, then loosen the luggage rack bolt, lift up, and slide the quarter panel free of the bike.
This is what my modified quarter panels look like installed.
And, this is what it looks like with the seat “down”.
Here are two more photos of me working on the left quarter panel.