Air Intake Cover, Removal/Installation - CBR 1000RR8 DIY

This Do It Yourself (DIY) article describes how to remove/install the air intake cover on a 2008 CBR1000RR Honda Fireblade motorcycle. This cover must typically be removed before the middle cowls can be removed.

Important: All actions require very little force if you do it right. Hence if things don't come apart when you apply gentle force, then stop and check the text and pictures again.

Time and Tools

This is an easy DIY task. A first timer may spend 15 to 20 minutes doing it, an experienced less than two minutes.

Tools needed:

Removing Air Intake Cover

Remove the two type 3 trim clips on the left and right side of the air intake cover: Unscrew the locking screw to release it, as shown on the below left image. Then pull/wriggle the clip out with a tweezer.
Remove the type 1 trim clip at the top center of the air intake cover: press the center pin in with a pointy tool e.g. a tweezer to release it, as shown on the below right image. Then pull/wriggle the clip out with a tweezer.
Release the right side plastic tabs (image below right) by gently bending the upper and lower 'wings'. Be carefull not to brake the tabs. Do the same on the left side (images further below left and middle).
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The image below shows the left air duct after the air intake cover has been removed.


Installation procedure is same as removal procedure in reversed order.
See about trim clips handling.

You are invited to participate with review, questions and discussion via this - link to come - thread on or this - link to come - thread on

See also:
How to DIY (warnings, tips, tools, methods, ... etc.)
First Year with my Fireblade
Superbikes on the Road: BMW S1000RR versus Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

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