Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??


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Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:36 am



Was reading the July issue of WingWorld and there was a short single page concerning the factory toolbox. Seems in the later models of the GL1500 the toolbox was moved to the left bag from the right. My bike is a 2000 and the toolbox was in the left bag. The case of the toolbox is actually designed to fit around the metal hold down bracket if it is in the right bag. In the left bag it just makes the strap tighter and causes strain on the bag. Basically it's just a matter of moving the toolbox and hardware to the other bag.

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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby TennX » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:23 am

I confuse easily, when speaking of right and left, is that facing the bike or seated....Ive seen it referenced both ways....
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby robb » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:50 am

I might disagree since my 89 is on the left of rider and fits better than on the right. Clip lines up perfectly and no stress to strap down. Ride with several who own 88's and all are on the left. Hard to think they made the mistake from the start.

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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby TennX » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:00 am

Well sitting on the bike mine is in the left bag, and I can see how easy it is to swap out, its on my to git er done list....many thanks
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby liquineer » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:12 pm

Mine is on the riders right hand side on my '88.
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:53 pm

The older bikes had the tool kit on the correct(right) side of the bike to fit a small depression in the bag. One year?? not sure which they moved the tool kit but didn't reshape the bag..so it doesn't fit as well on the new (left)side..but left the original bag with the depression if you look in the bags you'll see the depression that fits the kit's bottom. I moved mine and it does fit better.
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:45 pm

TennX wrote:I confuse easily, when speaking of right and left, is that facing the bike or seated....Ive seen it referenced both ways....



From the seated position.

Just to be clear my info on this is that the location changed somewhere in the 1500 production years. It's referenced as late models but what year it starts I'm not sure. Early models were correct to my knowledge. Mine is a 2000 and is was incorrect.

From the picture I attached you can easily see what makes it right and wrong. There is a recess in the bottom of the toolbox to accommodate the strap bracket on the floor of the bag. The recess will only work if the toolbox is in the right side bag.
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby robb » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:38 pm

Just now tried to fit kit in right bag. When in left bag it neatly slips into place and the mount does not come in contact with tool box. When in the right bag it is unlevel and rocks around. Look at bottom of tool case and there are two tall standoff's and two short ones. When placed on right of bike there is a 1/2" gap under front edge of case. The case was designed to be fit in more than one position.

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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:56 pm

robb wrote:Just now tried to fit kit in right bag. When in left bag it neatly slips into place and the mount does not come in contact with tool box. When in the right bag it is unlevel and rocks around. Look at bottom of tool case and there are two tall standoff's and two short ones. When placed on right of bike there is a 1/2" gap under front edge of case. The case was designed to be fit in more than one position.


I don't think this applies to your bike if you are talking about the 89 in your profile.
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Re: Is Your Toolbox In Wrong Location??

Postby dingdong » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:09 am

I noticed that on my 93 when I bought it. Just moved the brackets to the right side and it fits there just fine.


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