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Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Beans » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:54 pm

Removing the rear cowl from the biffer to investigate the charging problems. Stupid trim clip, couldn't for the life of me work out how to remove the bast*rd thing. Tried to work around it hoping it would stay in and somehow the bloody centre of it has disappeared onto the floor. How do you find replacements, do I measure it and go to halfords? Do I need special tools to remove?
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Snod Blatter » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:18 pm

Picture of the clip please..

Also, this kind of thing is just scratching the surface. You wait 'til you find just how badly/cheaply made some of the important bits are!
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by RantMachine » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm

Snod Blatter wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:18 pm
You wait 'til you find just how badly/cheaply made some of the important bits are!
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Beans » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:39 pm

Its about 10mm long, 12 mm wide with a 5mm hole
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by JRH » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:46 pm

Beans wrote:
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Its about 10mm long, 12 mm wide with a 5mm hole
Halfords May have them but they are available on line.
To remove them you push the center pin right through then the claws on the back will close and let you pull the clip out.
To re fit put the centre pin into the hole BUT not all the way in. Then push the clip into the holes and when the clip is fully in THEN push the pin all the way in.
This pushes the claws out and locks the panels in place.
They are a swine. Got them in the rear panel on my bike and had to remove 4 to get at the rear light unit. Have fun refitting. :thumb:
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Ian Frog » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:48 pm

JRH wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:46 pm
Beans wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:39 pm
Its about 10mm long, 12 mm wide with a 5mm hole
Halfords May have them but they are available on line.
To remove them you push the center pin right through then the claws on the back will close and let you pull the clip out.
To re fit put the centre pin into the hole BUT not all the way in. Then push the clip into the holes and when the clip is fully in THEN push the pin all the way in.
This pushes the claws out and locks the panels in place.
They are a swine. Got them in the rear panel on my bike and had to remove 4 to get at the rear light unit. Have fun refitting. :thumb:
Spot on and good description of how to fit the little buggers !
I buy packs of them from Halfrauds as they have a nasty habit of breaking !
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by geofferz » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:36 am

Have a look on this site - I have bought those push pin things from them before for my bike https://www.fowlersparts.co.uk/parts/47 ... tseat-cowl
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Beans » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:38 am

How do you get the middle bit out? There is nothing to get hold of
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Stu » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:50 am

Beans wrote:
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How do you get the middle bit out? There is nothing to get hold of
You push the centre in :thumb:
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Beans » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:55 am

Stu wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:50 am
Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:38 am
How do you get the middle bit out? There is nothing to get hold of
You push the centre in :thumb:
How's that going to work? The middle bit is flush with the outer bit. It can't go in.
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Mr Fro » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:00 am

Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:55 am
How's that going to work? The middle bit is flush with the outer bit. It can't go in.
Pretty sure they do Beans, I've had them on a few things.

I think the trick is to believe it's going to happen and apply increasing pressure to the middle bit. If all goes well then the middle bit should move through the main body, allowing you to lever the whole thing out.

I guess you could get a Stanley blade behind the flange and chop the top bit off if you're desperate.

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Post by geofferz » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:12 am

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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:20 am

Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:55 am
Stu wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:50 am
Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:38 am
How do you get the middle bit out? There is nothing to get hold of
You push the centre in :thumb:
How's that going to work? The middle bit is flush with the outer bit. It can't go in.
I use a thin punch. Place it on the middle pin and give it a tap. It goes right through and out the back. Annoyingly this usually means you lose the pin.
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by Stu » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:59 am

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:20 am
Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:55 am
Stu wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:50 am


You push the centre in :thumb:
How's that going to work? The middle bit is flush with the outer bit. It can't go in.
I use a thin punch. Place it on the middle pin and give it a tap. It goes right through and out the back. Annoyingly this usually means you lose the pin.
You don't push them all the way out!!

You just pop the centre in and they are then free to remove
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Re: Trim clips - who thought that these were a good idea?

Post by JRH » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:18 am

Stu wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:59 am
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:20 am
Beans wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:55 am


How's that going to work? The middle bit is flush with the outer bit. It can't go in.
I use a thin punch. Place it on the middle pin and give it a tap. It goes right through and out the back. Annoyingly this usually means you lose the pin.
You don't push them all the way out!!

You just pop the centre in and they are then free to remove
Tried that @Stu and the little buggers often fall out as you prise the rivet out. :roll:
Usually manage to find the pin again though. :thumb:
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