Zeus Dzus Dclips

Fennellg

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I have some stubborn fastens that hold the panels onto my bike allowing access to the battery and fuses. Removal is easy enough. Re -attachment can be a bitch. Thinking about Zeus Dzus Dcips. These things were great on my Harleys. Large ones were used for the bags. Removal and installation was a snap.

Has any one done this? My search came up fruitless.

Anyone now what size I should be looking for?

I like the idea of being able to remove and install the panels by hand. I shy away from removing those panels on a trip or even at home. Not fun.
 

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Anything that makes maintenance easier is a good thing. The biggest problem with the Dzus fittings is having enough room for the part that the Dzus fitting screws into; some of them, like on the Harley, can be a little large. McMaster-Carr sells a selection of them (they call them quarter turn captive panel screws), and you can get the ones designed for racing cars from places like Tim Mcamis Performance Parts. I don't know what size you'd need; McMaster Carr is really good about providing exact dimensions of their parts.

Have you considered something simpler, like the plastic push to release reusable rivets that hold the front parts of our side cowlings to the bike? These are the ones near the air intakes, there are two on each side. You just need the holes on each panel you're fastening together to line up, then push in the rivet and push the button that expands the end. It holds the panels in place, and all you need to do to release them in to push the button in the center of the rivet. The only tool you need to remove and attach them is something like a pen, to push in the center button.
 

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They are fine. One or two of them are just a tad too short. You have to use a screwdriver with correct bit applying pressure with the correct angle, cross your fingers and say your prayers. Some times you have to switch the fastners around to different holes. I have had to walk away and leave for another day. It can take longer than the job of changing a battery or adding something to my eastern beaver fuse block. Always seems to happen when I want to ride or sweating like crazy cause of the Carolina heat and humidity.

Others have experienced this. I have read some posts. Not something I would like to attempt on the road.

I don’t have to get in there very often. Next project self canceling turn signals. Thought I would put this issue to bed permanently.
 

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I have that same problem with a couple of the fasteners on the left side of the cowling; it's a battle every time to get them threaded. Some of those quarter turn captive screws might work for that.
 

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I believe the issue is the plastic that you're fastening to flexes away from you as you're trying to push the quarter turn screw into place. So, even with the fancy dzus fasteners the inside plastics are still going to try to run away from you. PITA
 

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We will see ordered some. Everything lines up. Damn fastners are just a tad short. Last time out I got rid of the little plastic washer. It went together after. With a little effort. Instead countersinking or filing material away from the fastners head I thought I would try the Zeus clips with new receptors. If it works could prove most convenient.

The last time I did something to improve Yamaha’s design, I added a zert grease fitting to the shifter. That worked out great. No more stuck gear shifts. Once a year or so hit their zert with the grease gun and all is good.
 

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Typically the issue with the factory quarter turn fasteners is too much bulk under that panel, which doesn't allow the panel to sit correctly for the fasteners to line up easily. BTDT on the Gen I bike. Some re-arranging of the wiring/farkles under there usually helps. I long ago used the tool pouch area for wiring, but I keep a much more comprehensive tool roll in my pannier. But I keep my panniers on all the time too.

BTW, you do know that there is a 4mm allen wrench clipped to the bottom of your rider seat, right? It's the only tool you need on the road to pull panels from anywhere on the bike. I carry a 4mm T handle allen wrench in my tool kit too, just because it's faster and easier.

You can get longer Dzus fasteners, but they typically don't 'suck up' any more, just go into deeper holes. Not sure that's really going to improve your situation with the panels being loosely fastened.
 

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It’s easier to line things up with a screw driver using the correct bit. The troubles go all the way back to stock configuration. I am not sure it’s going to help either.
 

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I just replaced mine with bulk ebay female Dzus fastners. They didn't fit the stock male portion but I was able to use a small set of files to fine tune them. They were cheap and I had them in a few days. I wouldnt have replaced them but the dealer used a power screwdriver to remove the panel ruining the clips
 

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I just replaced mine with bulk ebay female Dzus fasteners. They didn't fit the stock male portion but I was able to use a small set of files to fine tune them. They were cheap and I had them in a few days. I wouldn't have replaced them but the dealer used a power screwdriver to remove the panel ruining the clips
Whaaat!? I hope they fired that tech or you don't give them your money any more. Sheesh.
 

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Believe it or not that was the least of the issues they created. It started out as the recall on the wiring harness and ended up not running for a week while they figured out what they messed up. In the end it was all our fault of course. For taking it to them in the first place
 

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In the end it was all our fault of course. For taking it to them in the first place
That sucks! I was spoiled the last couple of places I lived, having a good 5 start rated Yamaha dealer close by. This time, not so much. The closest 5 start dealer told me, when I inquired about a quote for the 26k mile valve check/adjust, "if you aren't having problems starting the bike, I wouldn't bother to check the valves." I was too surprised to give a snappy answer and just said, ok, thanks and hung up. I just rode 400 miles to get a good 5 start dealer to check my valves, (and 400 miles back home today). All in spec at 28k and the measurements not only written on the receipt, but logged into the Yamaha dealer network as well. Hourly rate was reasonable and total cost for the service was $304, about $150 less than my last check in UT. Took them 3 hours, plus a couple of part items, (valve cover gasket and another gasket).
 

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Agree with Eric V post. On the right side with those clips I have no problem. The only problem is if too much bulk in the form of wiring is in the way. These should just screw right in.
The left side is a different story..........getting those darn screws to thread.....!!!! Wish they used the clips on the right side on the left side as well!!! Why didn't they do this?
 

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Yes, the left side can be a pain. It's all about the angle of the screw to the clip underneath. If it's not perfect, they just won't thread in and it's difficult to get them just right. Extra force just deflects the plastic underneath and doesn't help! It would have been nice to have both as 1/4 turn, but I'm sure Yamaha just didn't think anyone would be under that panel very often, so saved the $2 extra. Heck, most bikes with tupperware should be all 1/4 turn fasteners! Life would be easier on the techs and the owners.
 

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As frustrating as the left side screws are, it's still better than taking the fuel tank panels off a 2012 V-Strom. Held on with velcro pads and plastic tabs. You had to pull in just the right direction using just the right pressure; do it wrong, and they either wouldn't come off or else you broke the plastic tabs.
 

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We will see ordered some. Everything lines up. Damn fastners are just a tad short. Last time out I got rid of the little plastic washer. It went together after. With a little effort. Instead countersinking or filing material away from the fastners head I thought I would try the Zeus clips with new receptors. If it works could prove most convenient.

The last time I did something to improve Yamaha’s design, I added a zert grease fitting to the shifter. That worked out great. No more stuck gear shifts. Once a year or so hit their zert with the grease gun and all is good.
They're not short, you have something in the way. It's such a loose tangle of wires and connectors behind that panel that often times i have to tuck them back in to get the panel to be flush.
 
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