Pesky Plastic Pop Lock Pin Connector Thingies Explained
We took a few informational photos of the lock pins typically used to hold motorcycle fairings and other plastic bodywork in place to show how they work.
When the center of the lock pin is flush with the trim ring, the 'fingers' of the trim piece are grabbing a ridge on the center pin. This causes the fingers to flare out so that the connector holds its position and doesn't slip out of the mounting point.
To remove the connector, simply use a small screwdriver or other tool to pop the center pin inwards.
This action causes the fingers to slip off of the widest point of the pin and into a set of grooves on the center pin. When this happens, it's easy to pull the entire connector out through the mounting point.
When you're ready to re-install the connector, you simply have to push the center pin all the way backwards through the trim ring, so that the fingers are now on the other side of the center pin ridge, resting in a second set of grooves on the center pin. This allows for the connector to be slipped back into its original mounting hole, and sets you up to easily re-lock the connector.
Once the connector is in place, you simply pop the center pin back to flush. This causes the the fingers to flare out once again, acting in a barb-like fashion to hold the connector securely in place.
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