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CB500X Side Panel Removal

Guide Date 21 Oct 2016

By Ren Withnell

Just a simple guide for those of you wishing to remove and refit the side panels on a Honda CB500X. Note - the model featured is the 2016 model with the LED lights.

1. Remove the seat

2. Remove the two 5mm allen bolts as below.

the bolts that need to be removed to get the side panel off

3. Make a note which bolt goes where.

2 different bolts in 2 different locations

4. Start pulling the side panel off - note the velcro type fixing on the tank!

There's a patch of super velcro holding the panel to the tank
pulling the panel out of the rubber lugs
pulling the panel away from the top

And that's it! It's worth noting that there are a LOT of lugs on the side panel that sink into rubber grommets on the frame & tank. To help you see where they are I've circled them all on the images below.

the panel lugs circled in red
more circled panel lugs

NOTE handy tip when you're replacing the panel. There's a tang that tucks behind the footrest hanger. Make sure that is inserted behind the hanger first, before you push the panel lugs back into the rubber and replace the bolts.

the tang or bit of plastic that needs to be tucked behind the footrest hangar

Here's a little video that might also help...


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Reader's Comments

Pocketpete said :-
Thank God someone showed me how to do that. I wanted to remove Mine to run a USB power point to the handle bars. And feed the cable under the panels.


21/10/2016 19:27:26 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
The side panel is the easy bit. Just wait until you try to remove the fairing panels _ nightmare. I'll be doing a piece on those soon.
23/10/2016 06:46:48 UTC
Ted said :-
NOW I get to read this AFTER, just winging it and trying to sort out the best route for the Daylight Running lights I wanted to fit.

Wanted as in Still not done yet.

Getting there, but no cigar

very informative.....Many thanks

I am now going to make a point of reading EVERYING on this site before I pick up another spanner....or in this case, allen key.


EXPERIENCE....the thing we get when we really needed a lesson.
28/07/2017 19:29:08 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Taking the panels off without guidance is the bitch job from hell. Now I've done it a couple of times I'm quite adept at it now. I couldn't have done it without finding a similar guide on the most excellent CB500X.com
29/07/2017 10:43:29 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
...just wait until you have to take the tank off and get to the rocker cover...
29/07/2017 10:44:07 UTC
 

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