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2008/01/28 17:36:46 (permalink)

How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics)

Ever try to remove the clips that hold the plastic together on your Honda ATV? What a chore. The solution to this problem is to build a pair of pliers specifically designed to remove those fender clips.

 
To build your clip removal tool, grab an old pair of slip-joint pliers and grind the end into a "claw" that fits in the two notches of a Honda fender clip. Here are some stock slip-joint pliers followed by ones that have been modified.



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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:37:47 (permalink)
    Close-up view of the stock pliers followed by the modified ones.



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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:39:20 (permalink)
    To remove a clip, simply fit the "claw" into the clip’s notches...


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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:40:25 (permalink)
    ...and pull. Once the clip is disarmed, you can push it out from behind the fender or pry it out with a flat blade screwdriver.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:41:25 (permalink)
    Or you can pull a little more. If you’re lucky, the clip will pull out in one piece. Like this.


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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:41:31 (permalink)
    that is a great idea i always just use a flathead scvrewdriver but i will be making a set of these

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:42:27 (permalink)
    If the outer section of the clip stays behind, you can push it out from behind the fender or you can use your new clip removal tool to pull it out. You can also use a good pair of needle-nose pliers. Like this.



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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:43:35 (permalink)
    And that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
     
    Not only do these pliers make quick work of fender clips, they allow you to reuse them as the clips are not damaged during removal. I’ve tried every method imaginable to remove Honda fender clips (including automotive trim tools) and these pliers are by far the best and fastest option I have ever come across. They work especially well when removing a large number of clips to perform maintenance/repairs.
     
    If you’re interested in seeing more of these illustrated how-to’s, I have a lot more and I would be happy to share them with you guys. I have one in particular that gives step-by-step instructions on how to repair leaky Honda carburetors that would otherwise require a replacement carb. That one applies to every carbureted Honda ATV ever built and it could save you guys hundreds of dollars. You won’t find this procedure in any OEM service manual as Honda wants you to buy a new carb instead.

     
    I hope people can benefit from these tips.
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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 17:46:00 (permalink)
    Thats a good idea, but I have used the wire-cutting plier things.  And they work fine.
    Ive done it about 83 times. [;)]
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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 18:35:39 (permalink)
    I've heard it's the 84th time that gets 'ya using the wire cutters......

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 18:45:08 (permalink)
    i use the side cutter's also work fine as long as you done sqeeze to hard lol but this setup looks to work just great also [;)]

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 19:44:28 (permalink)
    Next time I see some of those cheap-o buy 1, need 10 to replace the broken ones pliers I think I just might pick some up. Good idea, but I won't be cutting up my craftsman pliers for this. I've gotten pretty quick with a flat bladed screw driver, but I've also gotten into the habit of rotating the clips so the little flat spots are easily accessible so I can pry at them with the screw driver.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 20:23:38 (permalink)
    its alot easier if you replace all of thoes clips with bolts and washers like i did...looks alot better and doesnt fall out or get loose [:)]

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 20:29:04 (permalink)
    Bolts and washers? I am assuming also a nut? What are you supposed to do for the ones you can't get a wrench on?
     
    The modified pliers make a whole heck of a lot of sense and will save a lot of time.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 20:32:52 (permalink)
    yea and nuts to....you can get to all of them...i got to all of mine...and all my buddies did to...on rincons 450, 500,rubi,and 300

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/28 20:55:40 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: lsu_fan91

    its alot easier if you replace all of thoes clips with bolts and washers like i did...looks alot better and doesnt fall out or get loose [:)]

     
    same here. and i used automotive (snap on) trim clip tools to get my old ones out and put them in my 200type1

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/29 08:00:49 (permalink)
    those plastic rivets are designed to fall out for a reason. The bolts, nuts, and washers will eventually make that plastic look like a badly beaten block of swiss cheese

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/29 17:34:23 (permalink)
    I made the same tool, but I started with a set of four inch oblique cutters (End cutting wire cutters).  Works good, but ONLY for the mudguard clips.  Yours is cooler, you're going to find so many things that those are good for that you'll forget why you made them in the first place.
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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/30 07:51:01 (permalink)
    slide a flat head screw driver into the clips notches and twist wrist

    i have never had a problem with any of them, except that one that holds the front brush gaurd on.
     
    but a very cool tool!
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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/30 07:54:08 (permalink)
    Good write up! Looks like this is a candidate for the sticky! Please guys, help a brotha out and let me know when a thread of this type is posted. Threads like this need to be linked into the important threads sticky.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/30 08:30:49 (permalink)
     
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    its alot easier if you replace all of thoes clips with bolts and washers like i did...looks alot better and doesnt fall out or get loose [:)]

     
     
    Yeah ,and if you ever slip and hit something solid on the trail (like I did)  and you have nuts and bolts on your fenders (like I did) they cant pop out like the plastic ones do and the result will be a torn fender (like I did).  That made two times I had a nut and bolt in my plastic (the first AND last)

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/31 00:36:34 (permalink)
    Fantastic tips you are posting![:D]

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/01/31 19:30:31 (permalink)
    Great idea, have used a flat blade without much problems, but that looks alot faster.  Taking a pair to work tommorow!

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/02/28 09:48:27 (permalink)
    Being a former "Car Audio Installation Master" I have come across all types of specialty tools including home made. The Honda body clips are similar to a plastic clip found securing the trunk liner inside most BMW's.  Years ago I made a purchase on a "NONAME" tool truck with the perfect tool for the clips, It works extremely well on my Honda. they have  flat head (screwdriver) type ends and are spring loaded, I will post a pic tonight. I am currently contacting this particular vendor to find out the manufacturer.  I will keep you all posted.[8|]

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/06/13 20:43:56 (permalink)
    great tip!!!!!
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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/06/13 21:05:09 (permalink)
    good pics  they also sell pliers on the tool trucks same thing as you made but a little diff shape, works great on them clips , everyone i work with has a set

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/06/13 21:14:59 (permalink)
    those new pliers look like the thing of that movie "Tremors"

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/09/15 17:46:30 (permalink)
    Catfish skinning pliers work good also.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/09/15 18:49:24 (permalink)
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    its alot easier if you replace all of thoes clips with bolts and washers like i did...looks alot better and doesnt fall out or get loose [:)]

    Ditto. I replaced all of them.

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    RE: How-to #3: Removing those pesky Honda fender clips (with pics) 2008/09/15 20:51:13 (permalink)
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    its alot easier if you replace all of thoes clips with bolts and washers like i did...looks alot better and doesnt fall out or get loose [:)]

    Ditto. I replaced all of them.

     
    me too  its just a hassle to take em out lol
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