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    Default Tips & Tricks for the first timer - perhaps beyond

    So, you're going to remove some panels and wonder how you're going to keep track of all the hardware(screws and pushpins) and where each goes on reassembly.

    Some say bag'm. Well, that works if you know what size(length) goes where. If you don't, heres an easy way to do it until you do know where they go.

    Take a pizza box and cut yourself two full size squares from the top and bottom of the box. Label one left, and one right. As you remove each screw, starting at the top left of the square push your first screw through the box(or make a a pilot hole with a small philips driver first). As each screw comes out, orient it to the box like it came from the panel. First panel off, drop down on the box and start on the next panel.

    Now, when you're ready to go back together. You know where things go. As far as where the push pins go, they're self explanatory.

    Hope this helps someone a little.


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    I've been working on our Spyder for the last three years and have tried various says to keep track of what goes where. I think this is one of the best ideas I've heard of so far! Thanks!!
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    Screws that go into a painted surface have washers. We use a plastic bin on each side of the bike and it works great for us.

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    Default Good Idea...

    I have always found that placing the screws and push pins with each panel as removed helps though you still have the issue of length. Knowing the plastic washers go on painted exterior is important to remember.... will help the new adventeruing into DIY'ing
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    When I remove a panel I put the screw back into the panel and then put a small strip of masking tape over the screw. Then I don’t have to worry about which screw goes into each hole even if they are different lengths.
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    Don't kick the box. It might screw things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyliec View Post
    Don't kick the box. It might screw things up.

    Now that's funny


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerbear View Post
    As each screw comes out, orient it to the box like it came from the panel. First panel off, drop down on the box and start on the next panel.
    Excellent tip! Had to do this with a water pump one time. It had something like 14 bolts of three different lengths. Don't remember what it was on, but it was probably one of Ford's better ideas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chupaca View Post
    I have always found that placing the screws and push pins with each panel as removed helps though you still have the issue of length. Knowing the plastic washers go on painted exterior is important to remember.... will help the new adventeruing into DIY'ing
    I did that with everything on my recent 56K service.
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    Great idea.
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