I need to install the black plastic cover from the 1025R onto the fender of my 1023E and I need to remove the black plastic handle to do that since it apparently is secured by bolting it through both fender and black plastic cover. The fuel tank appears to be blocking my ability to remove the black plastic handle so I assume I have to remove the fuel tank and fender together. The service manual illustrates how to do that but doesn't help me understand how to separate the fuel tank from the fender once I get them off.
Is there anyway to remove just the left fender without removing the fuel tank with it so that I can get to the bolts that hold the handle on so that I can in turn remove it and install the black plastic cover? Or is there some other way to get that black handle off that I'm not seeing?