How to remove steering cover plastic?
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2016 Mp3 500ie Sport
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Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:59 pm quote
How does the plastic cover over the steering bar come off?
I have removed every visible screw I can find and have the two button clusters removed. I need to remove it so I can replace a bent brake lever that got damaged when the bike tipped over.

I see that some of it is simply connected via clips that just pop apart. I looked through the Parts Piaggio page and diagrams but Im not seeing what is being missed.

I'm at a point where i don't want to risk breaking plastic trying to separate panels and so am stuck. I have read some notes that the center panel with the logo needs to be removed but not how to remove it.

What am I missing? A hidden screw or do I have to take something else apart first?

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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:55 pm quote
Use a heavy duty plastic pry tool such as for removing automotive trim to remove the center piece.
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2016 Mp3 500ie Sport
Joined: 28 Jul 2019
Posts: 46
Location: California
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:17 pm quote
sbaert wrote:
Use a heavy duty plastic pry tool such as for removing automotive trim to remove the center piece.
Thank you. I see a variety of those on Amazon and some at the local O'Reilly store.

Is there a specific tool in the set or technique when using the tool to remove the center cover with the logo? I'm going to watch some YouTube on the basic usage of the tools as well. I already tried similar prying tools I already had and ended up just scratching and chipping the plastic a little. I want to be sure before I accidentally do something that might cause readily visible damage.
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Location: Belgium
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:18 pm quote
There is a hidden slot in the middle of the center piece (facing you when seated).

Find the slot, push in gently and work the piece out gently. It is held in with spring clips
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