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Well this is really pissing me off. Washed the beast, aired up the tires to proper specs, a few other maintenance items, and the tour pak will not seat on the quick release set up and the brake lights are on all the time now. Crap!!! Leaving on a bike trip this Tuesday.
 

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Thays not good Tim. Are the bolts loose that the detachable mount slips into? They're not perfectly round and need to be in a certain position. if one of the bolts is loose it may have allowed it to spin a bit.
 

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Solved… sort of. The tour pak needed a lot of play, but I was able to drop it in finally and locked it, so it's not going anywhere until I return from GlideFest. Not sure what the issue was as the sissy bar came off easily. But I played with it long enough that I got it. Now, for the brake lights staying on. Apparently the CD Magic Strobe screwed up. After unplugging the Custom Dynamics unit and plugging the factory connectors back, the lights came on and blinked as they should. Called CD and they will replace under the 5 year warranty. So, lights functioning (less strobe feature), tour pak on, bike clean, tires filled, time to start packing it!

RFG - The bolts were tight. Thanks.
 

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I'm glad You got it all figure out Tim!
Electrical Gremlins can be a real PIA.
Can't beat CD for their warranty either.
Have a Great Time at Glide Fest Bro.
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Thays not good Tim. Are the bolts loose that the detachable mount slips into? They're not perfectly round and need to be in a certain position. if one of the bolts is loose it may have allowed it to spin a bit.
This is exactly right, same thing I was wondering. You rotate the "pegs" that the the trunk latches on to adjust the tightness of the fit.
 

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Solved… sort of. The tour pak needed a lot of play, but I was able to drop it in finally and locked it, so it's not going anywhere until I return from GlideFest. Not sure what the issue was as the sissy bar came off easily. But I played with it long enough that I got it. Now, for the brake lights staying on. Apparently the CD Magic Strobe screwed up. After unplugging the Custom Dynamics unit and plugging the factory connectors back, the lights came on and blinked as they should. Called CD and they will replace under the 5 year warranty. So, lights functioning (less strobe feature), tour pak on, bike clean, tires filled, time to start packing it!

RFG - The bolts were tight. Thanks.
so...what did you learn from this? DON'T WASH THE F'N BIKE :grin:
 

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Solved… sort of. The tour pak needed a lot of play, but I was able to drop it in finally and locked it, so it's not going anywhere until I return from GlideFest. Not sure what the issue was as the sissy bar came off easily. But I played with it long enough that I got it. Now, for the brake lights staying on. Apparently the CD Magic Strobe screwed up. After unplugging the Custom Dynamics unit and plugging the factory connectors back, the lights came on and blinked as they should. Called CD and they will replace under the 5 year warranty. So, lights functioning (less strobe feature), tour pak on, bike clean, tires filled, time to start packing it!

RFG - The bolts were tight. Thanks.
so...what did you learn from this? DON'T WASH THE F'N BIKE <img src="http://www.roadglide.org/images/RoadGlide_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
I use a little quick detailer and microfiber cloth to take the dust off before a ride, and again after a ride to remove bugs. Definitely not going to enter it in any shows.
 

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I use a little quick detailer and microfiber cloth to take the dust off before a ride, and again after a ride to remove bugs. Definitely not going to enter it in any shows.
I'm with you. My ride is never show worthy, but I want it to always be ride worthy.
 

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I use a little quick detailer and microfiber cloth to take the dust off before a ride, and again after a ride to remove bugs. Definitely not going to enter it in any shows.
Bikes should handle a little soap and water but I rarely wash my bike myself. Since 2015, think my bike only saw soap and water 3 or 4 times after long trips. I normally dust off the bike with a duster then spray denim paint cleaner or bugslide and wipe it down. Denim paint is good that way lol
 

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I don't actually believe that washing the bike caused the issue with the Magic Strobe as it was dry under the seat where the controller is. And I don't know how long it was non functioning as the indicators and fronts were all fine. Either way, it's ready enough for the road trip.
 

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Just wanted to "add on" to the 4-point docking hardware as an FYI. The black plastic inserts are oblong, not round. And you will see that the OEM versions have a "-" mark molded into the part. These are reference points used to identify the smallest and largest diameter orientations of the part. The docking inserts can be rotated to achieve a loose fit, a good fit, or an impossibly tight fit depending on the attachment being used. It's really kind of a PITA, because I've found that a backrest that fits fine on one bike, won't fit at all on another. Same with luggage racks and/or tourpaks.

IMHO the easiest way to adjust them is to loosen the docking point bolts ever so slightly (enough so that the plastic inserts will rotate on their own). Attach the accessory and allow the plastic inserts to kind of self center. After that's done you can re-tighten the bolts. If I have time to allow Loctite to setup, I completely remove the bolts, spacers and inserts before the above procedure and dab a little bit of blue Loctite on the docking point bolts first, then follow the steps above, being careful not to over-torque the docking point bolts.
 

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Just wanted to "add on" to the 4-point docking hardware as an FYI. The black plastic inserts are oblong, not round. And you will see that the OEM versions have a "-" mark molded into the part. These are reference points used to identify the smallest and largest diameter orientations of the part. The docking inserts can be rotated to achieve a loose fit, a good fit, or an impossibly tight fit depending on the attachment being used. It's really kind of a PITA, because I've found that a backrest that fits fine on one bike, won't fit at all on another. Same with luggage racks and/or tourpaks.

IMHO the easiest way to adjust them is to loosen the docking point bolts ever so slightly (enough so that the plastic inserts will rotate on their own). Attach the accessory and allow the plastic inserts to kind of self center. After that's done you can re-tighten the bolts. If I have time to allow Loctite to setup, I completely remove the bolts, spacers and inserts before the above procedure and dab a little bit of blue Loctite on the docking point bolts first, then follow the steps above, being careful not to over-torque the docking point bolts.
That is great information I did not know. Thanks much for sharing that.
 
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