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Panel Fitment

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by Joshua, Nov 11, 2017.


  1. Joshua

    Joshua Expert

    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Yamaha Sidewinder BTX LE 50TH
    I have received my 18 BTX however I have noticed the clutch side panel don't fit that well. What do you guys think?

    Trying to upload a picture of it but keeps saying file to big
     
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  3. jtmetal

    jtmetal VIP Member VIP Member Donating Member

    Messages:
    1,505
    Location:
    Northern Illinois
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    '17 Sidewinder LTX SE
    Both of mine fit. My clutch side Zeus fastener can be a bear at times.
    If it bothers you. Talk to your dealer. Right?
     
  4. stohlem

    stohlem Veteran

    Messages:
    27
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 Sidewinder LTX LE, 2014 Apex XTX
    LOCATION:
    Illinois
    Don't know where it doesn't fit right, but make sure that you engage the tab that's on the clutch panel to the knee panel. If not, this will cause misalignment.
     
  5. Doowithblue

    Doowithblue TY 4 Stroke Junkie

    Messages:
    514
    Location:
    Waterloo ON
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    07 Mach z x (sold)
    18- RTX LE
    If you really look at it vs the right side it's true. 2017's were same. Unfortunately I think you got what you got. We're all In the same boat as far as cat type fit and finish vs Japan units. But yep that's one of the first things I noticed with mine last year.
     
  6. Joshua

    Joshua Expert

    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Yamaha Sidewinder BTX LE 50TH
  7. Joshua

    Joshua Expert

    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Yamaha Sidewinder BTX LE 50TH
    First picture is the turbo side, second is clutch side. Is this normal?
     
  8. Pstn head

    Pstn head VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,002
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Stupid question ? Did you plug the dash harness back together ?
     
  9. XP123

    XP123 TY 4 Stroke Master

    Messages:
    1,134
    Location:
    Chautauqua NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Sidewinder XTX LE 137
    I disagree completely. I owned an Apex and a 2008 Nytro and the panels on both were much worse when taking them apart and putting back together. I think the Sidewinder panels fit great and are such a pleasure to take apart and put together. I know many here like to take shots at Cat but in this case it's unwarranted. Rockerdan said he made some adjustments on his panels by loosening up some screws and and moving them around but he has a bad case of OCD. I just checked my panels today and they fit fine.
     
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  10. cannondale27

    cannondale27 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Vendor Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    16,149
    Location:
    Manitowoc,WI
    Just did a Nytro yesterday. Wow what a pain!
     
  11. Joshua

    Joshua Expert

    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Yamaha Sidewinder BTX LE 50TH
    Not a stupid question, but yes I did plug the harness back together
     
  12. Joshua

    Joshua Expert

    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Yamaha Sidewinder BTX LE 50TH
    Too me it seems like the panel is being pushed out by the air box
     
  13. fxnytrortxkid

    fxnytrortxkid TY 4 Stroke Master

    Messages:
    1,052
    Location:
    Rensselaer, ny
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    09 nytro rtx
    Take the side panel off. Then there are a pair of torx screws holding the upper panel on. Loosen them (t30 I believe) and you should be able to move panel a bit to get it where you want it. I believe. It goes into a clip that pushes on also, so may need to nudge that around a bit if they don’t go ez enough. But that should solve it
     
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  14. Bigblue1

    Bigblue1 Expert

    Messages:
    353
    Location:
    Liberty, NY
    Agreed. The Apex panels Zues fasteners are a pia. These panels are a joy.
     
  15. WinterWolf

    WinterWolf Expert

    Messages:
    488
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    "2018 Yamaha Sidewinder RTX LE 50th Anniversary Edition"
    But he's not talking about ease of opening/taking them off, he's talking about the alignment. And from his picture, he's correct in thinking so. When I pick up mine..if it looks like that, I will have the dealer adjust it before I leave the dealership.
     
  16. XP123

    XP123 TY 4 Stroke Master

    Messages:
    1,134
    Location:
    Chautauqua NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Sidewinder XTX LE 137
    I do understand what he is saying and to be honest the Apex and Nytro alignment on the panels was no better. I think many are more critical when it comes to these Yamacats and the days of how much better Yamahas fit and finish is have been over for many years. All the sled makers have very good f&f these days.
     

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