subject has come up mon a few forum post .I thought I'd post what I do .
Some guys where removing them and taking them apart . This is a much easier way. You could remove exhaust tip and do it on a bench but I haven't tried it .
Worn down quit a bit . Wont last the next season . Only the one side wears . The button kit has all the buttons .
Actually done the same way as the instructions that come with the kit
Remove the top lift mount
Then strap it back so it doesn't knock you on the head . makes for easy access.
only takes a second to remove mud flap for easier access .
I'm removing this guard for pictures . The rear bolt is easier to take off from the underside .
Have to do starter brushes too so I'm just remove this one to .
Slide belt off.
Have a bit of a bum hand this week so I was able to hold it steady with a pry bar and pull up on inside one to wedge a small 3/8 extension between buttons on one section . This way 2 of them can be done then reposition to do the last one . On a second note you might be able to pinch a large vise - grip on outside one and let it hit the rear end to jamb it . ( haven't tried that yet )
Now using a pic and small screwdriver .Ill wedge it out .
Sometimes they will break
don't panic you can push it down with a pic or blow it out with air , wear safety glasses if your blowing it out .
now install the new one . square it up and wedge it down using ramps and a small pry bar. Try to keep it centered or you may snap the end off . Which I have done before . Still installed a broken one with adhesive . The pressure from ramp will keep it in place . Haven't had any issues with them falling back out.
Not much point but I'll change these ones to . They may get brittle anyway from heat .
Using a screw driver here with a twisting motion works best I find .
Same deal press in place
Move your wedge to finish the last one .
Look from the underside for the rear shield bolt if you decide to remove it .