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I just picked up an '89 EX500. The 2 long side panels (that run along the seat) are missing the little tabs that hold them in place. They are supposed to click into a little rubber holder but it appears both have broken off. I saw this same situation on another '89 I was considering so I assume it's a common occurence. Anyone know of an easy fix for this?

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Yep...very common occurance.
Re-attaching the little nub won't work it will just break again.
What I did on a racebike was drill two small hole on either side of the bracket and fed a zip tie through.
 

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hah, my '89 has the exact same problem,
short term fix:duct tape on the back, and bottom
long term:plan on drilling the panels into where they used to be held by the plastic knobs.
 

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I've got a '90 and all four tabs are toast (but still stuck in the holes they mount to). Someone tried to reattach them, but they just broke off again before I got the bike. So far the panels stay put just because the seat holds them in (the front tab and screw still hold well). Are you guys having problems with alignment or movement during riding?
 

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Nick D said:
I've got a '90 and all four tabs are toast (but still stuck in the holes they mount to). Someone tried to reattach them, but they just broke off again before I got the bike. So far the panels stay put just because the seat holds them in (the front tab and screw still hold well). Are you guys having problems with alignment or movement during riding?
as long as the front tab and screw are still there its not that big of a problem, they kinda hang there, more or less in place, like i said, duct tape or drill em in
 

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Lucky#13 said:
If you still have the tabs you can use a plastic welder or soldering iron to weld them back on . This usually works well.
You can do that or drill a hole where the tab once was and run a bolt and nut through the tab on the frame and bolt it together. You can also drill a hole where the tab once was and make your own rubber nipple and use that as a new tab. Or you can be professional and buy new plastics.
 

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Spamrot said:
Lucky#13 said:
If you still have the tabs you can use a plastic welder or soldering iron to weld them back on . This usually works well.
You can do that or drill a hole where the tab once was and run a bolt and nut through the tab on the frame and bolt it together. You can also drill a hole where the tab once was and make your own rubber nipple and use that as a new tab. Or you can be professional and buy new plastics.
meh

6 cent bolt+nut
600 dollar brand new plastics
 
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