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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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saddlebag lid hinge mount hardware options?

I had my bag lid loosen of the latch hinge. The screws came out of the backing plate that mount the latch hinge to the bag. The bag lid was flapping in wind till I got home and mofo ed it was hanging on side of the bag. I lost the plate and picked up a new one and more screws. Is there a better way to secure the hinge to the lid, the screws barely screw into the backing plate. Crappy design, I was wondering if anyone tried longer screws and places nuts on them? Or maybe the lid will not close do to how it close on the bag.

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They come from the factory with locktite on them, it's very rare for them to fall out unless they have been removed and reinstalled without torquing them down or useing a dap of locktite.


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Roadhawg,

Yes I see that they have red loctite on the threads, I still put a lot of blue loctite on them. The threads barely protrude into the backing plate bar that's threaded. Three threads are maybe inside the mount bar, barely holds that whole lid onto the hinge latch assembly. I can see these loosening up again and again overtime.
Looks like there is no room to put in some longer screws or a nut on the backside of them. Because the inside of the bag lid is where it screws go into the threaded backing plate bar, and it may rub or hit the outside of the bag itself. I'm sure someone has come up with a more solid way of mounting these bag lids, since the screws barely hold it on?

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There are many tens of thousands of HD baggers with those latches that have no issues with the screws coming out.

Just make sure they are snug and you will be fine.


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Same Thing I Found, Here is your Answer:

Sean, I found this while installing CVO Lids. I thought it was a cheap set up by HD. So: Go to your local Ace Hardware and buy STainless Steel Screws the same size, ( I don't recall the size ) but longer. Remove 1 screw from your lid and cut the new screw slightly longer, almost the size of the metal plate it screws into, Smooth off the end cut you made and replace it in your hinge. It should be even with the Hinge, if it sticks out it will hit the Rubber Seal. Once you get the Correct size cut correctly, you can cut all of them at one time and replace them one at a time using BLUE lock tight. (In case you have to remove them again). It seems like a lot more work than what it is but its easy if you have a way of cutting and smoothing out the the end cut you made.
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I took my saddlebags in for paint and forgot and left the metal strip on the the bag needless to say I didn't get the strip back with the bag the painters help threw it away.
I went down to the hardware store and bought square nuts not the hex nuts and used them and I never had a problem with anything coming loose and I did that 2 years ago and I never used any lock tight.


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two bikes and I had this same issue. I opted for red loctite both times and haven't had a problem since. Will be a PITA should I ever want to remove them, but I've got no plans on them coming off.


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