I would just take the hood off. It makes everything a lot easier. I can have my sled down to the bare frame and tunnel in less than 5 minutes if I take my time. These things are so easy to take apart it's silly.
Remove both side panels.
Remove cowl wings, or whatever they call them.
Unplug speedo, and remove 4 torx screws, lift off hood assy, and it's done.
Nothing to it. Then you can really get to know everything under there.