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Sorry this is likely to be a stupid post. I was a helicopter Mech for over 20 years and I have been working on Bikes since 1969. I have owned a 2007, 2009 and 2011 zx14 over the past 11 so years and love the bikes. So until now I was no wrench dummy and familiar with the zx14. I sold my 2011 thinking I would enjoy a fjr - nope. Put it up for sale in 4 weeks. Took a loss. So I bought a 2012 zx14r with under 3000 miles. I am attempting to do some modifications but run into a road block. I cannot get the darn George Foreman Grill (Freddy Gruger) off. I watch the one and only youtube video and no luck. Removed the two screws and pulled them loose for the locking pins. I pull them out from the bike a little and wiggle up and down while pulling back. they act like they want to come out but are hung up by some sort of locking mechanism. What gives, who knows the secret. I guess I can always use my sawsall and buy new ones. HELP
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There is a lip that snaps into the front fairing. You have to pull out on the fairing as you pull back on the fin. I believe there is a detailed picture and instructions in the owners manual. If you search the old posts someone posted the service manual which should show it as well.
 

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You should remove 3 bolts and the front one inbetween the grills has kind of a stud wrapped in a rubber boot that you need to unwrap, if that makes sense, and release that stud in order to pull the grill back.
it's a bit finicky and you have to wiggle it straight back.
This is what it will look like when your dealer doesn't it install it correctly.
That should help on what you have to wiggle out
 

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After doing a "Work Around" and putting it all back together (I was running wires for my radar detector VDC Power Receptacle), I watched the video again, and damn: forgot to unwrap the rubber boot. I bet that was the Dumb A#$ mistake I made. I could disassemble the 2011 with my eyes closed. The 2012 is more of puzzle. I am sure it will seam simple after a couple of times. I have put over 60K total on the last three machines and one west cost to east cost and back trip on the 2011. Best bike I have ever owned. The only draw back is they love to ridden over 90mph. Traveling through Idaho on 15 the speed limit was 90, so I did 95+. No lie Averaged high 40 to low 50 mpg.

I digress
Thanks for your help.
The picture is exactly what I needed
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185EZ - I like your set up. I thought about doing the exact same set up but went with my setup. On my first 14 I fabricated a couple of VDC outlets mounts the mounted to the bars utilizing the screws for the clutch and brake reservoirs, they mounted behind the existing setup. But there was the issue with the cord. so I fabricated a mount the utilizes the bracket for the gauges and the screw hole behind the gauges. I used it for years and loved it, except it block the led display, but that was ok by me. This time I made the same mount but lengthened it a bit. I can see the display now, but it has a little bounce to it with the flex of the aluminum. I may look at away to stiffen it. I guess I need to use a 3rd party like photo bucket to up load photos

I have never used a 3rd party photo file like photobucket, but I gave it a shot. If it does not work. email: ladouglas at Whidbey dot com and I will send the photos to you.
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lets give this another try










OK I figured it out.
you can see the second is higher up and more visible, esp if your tucked. What I will do is where head phones and plug them in to the unit. then I get the screech in my ear. Not that I am breaking the posted limit on purpose, but it is not hard to do. Hell you sneeze and you jump 15 mph. and It is so smooth and stable, if your on the own road, 125 fills like 60. I can say the unit has saved my but many times. it would go off and I would look down and be in the ticket range. Nine years on zx14 and around 65k miles, no ticket, yet. I probably jinxed myself just now.
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The flat bracket over the gauge pod is how mine is mounted. I also used the Escort's suction cups as a belt-and-suspenders setup since my bracket is much narrower than yours until it forms the table for the detector.
 

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I thought about you the suction cups to stop the wiggle.
I drilled through them and the windscreen to mount my first one to the stock windscreen
I used OO plumbing washer as grommets on the windscreen
 
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