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Installing Side Covers

I picked up a pair of side covers from Rodger’s. It was a tough decision because the old one looked great, but there was only one and there would be no way I could match the look of time. So I figured I would start my own piece to track the course of time and the road.

This was a simple process except taking the pin out of the old latch was challenging. I ended up taking a finishing nail and hammering it through. The pin in the example below is the old latch and you can see it wasn’t damaged from the nail. From talking with Rodger, he said that in a pinch you can even use a finishing nail as the pin.

All the needed parts laid out

All the needed parts laid out

A few notes: There are two washers; one washer has a set of ridges around the edge which hold the spring in place and the other is a normal washer that fits on the other side of the rubber gromet.

The pin can be placed in the wider end with your fingers.

The pin can be placed in the wider end with your fingers.

Extra clarification: When you look at the hole that the pin is going to slide into, you will see that one opening is wider than the other, this is where you want to place the pin initially.

To push the pin through, it helps to use a pair of pliers.

To push the pin through, it helps to use a pair of pliers.

Alternate view of finish

Thats it. I did find a great link on eBay to a seller on that sells replica stickers, so I am planning on adding some 650 OHC stickers to the side covers soon.