I just painted my 04 500R and was having the same problem. I played with it for a while and finally found the right way to twist it off....although the paint got scratched. I didn't care seeing how i was sanding it down and painting it anyway. Putting it back in without taking the tire off was the tricky part. I took a rather thin blanket and put one piece on either side of the fork and popped it in....no sctatches and right back in. You do have to flex it so make sure not to crack the plastic or the paint....hope I helped.Tobydawg said:I was trying to take off the front fender on my 2003 500r, but wasn't having much luck. Do you have to take off the wheel? Or am I just doing something wrong? I'm removing it because there's a small crack that i need to patch up.