Side KX and End PlatesI purchased the KX2 and have since installed the Gem Products Side KX cover and end plates for the rig, but...
Tight tolerances of the injection molded cover allow a perfect fit, trouble is removing it. I mean I had to really press down hard on one side of the cover to get that lid to pop off. Someone with fingers that has less strength may have great difficulty, not to mention the added stress on the end plates that place undo stress on the screws and screw holes.
Well, a quick phone call to Scott at Gem Products revealed possible fixes as we discussed possible solutions. More interested in finding a quick fix I thought of a way to relieve the stress in the cover and make removal easier. Make some relief slits to allow the side portion of the cover to flex inward a little.
To allow the side portion of the cover to bend in a little bit more, I relieved the stress in the corners of one side by cutting 45 degree angles at about 9/16" (15mm) deep. You can go deeper but I stopped at this depth because my saw was cutting at an angle towards the front. If you can cut precisely on the corner a deeper cut should allow for easier pushing of the cover tab.
A perfect solution with no impact to the functionality of the cover.
It's hard to see but there is just enough flex there to greatly relieve the stress on the cover and end plates.
You can install the cover in either direction, removal and replacement is unaffected by orientation of the cover..
Now, it's relatively easy to get that cover off.
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