Here is a quick update regarding the tape holding on the front clam:
I didn't use any tools to remove the sticky tape.
Basically, I removed all the fasteners, so the only thing holding the clam on was the tape (which I didn't know at the time).
I ordered a small bore scope and validated that it was just tape holding on the center of the clam.
After I knew that, I worked the clam, just a little bit at a time back and forth, pulling up gently. Eventually the tape tore, with one part staying on the clam, and the other part staying on the frame support.
That's pretty much it, I just was careful not to try to really pull the thing off cause I didn't want to crack the clam.
I'm not sure if a tool would, but I think something thin and flat could help pry one side off. I would aim for the side of the tape that's attached to the frame and not the clam.. hope that helps.