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2001 saddle bags

Postby Dpkal » Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:01 pm



On my 2001 GL1800 one saddle bag won't latch without slamming hard many many times and the other won't release without holding the latch and hitting the door... Something is going to break is there an adjustment I am missing???



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Re: 2001 saddle bags

Postby crock4 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:23 am

Dpkal wrote:On my 2001 GL1800 one saddle bag won't latch without slamming hard many many times and the other won't release without holding the latch and hitting the door... Something is going to break is there an adjustment I am missing???

DPKAL Sorry I don't have an answer for you, but I can sympathize because I have the same issue with my 2001 bags. It helps to use both hands. One over each latch, but you still have to close it pretty forcefully.
ANYONE out there with an answer I'm sure we would both appreciate it.
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Re: 2001 saddle bags

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:50 am

From GL1800riders.com forum after a Google Search

GL1800 Saddlebag Latch Adjustment and Lubrication

If the saddlebag is hard to open, any one or all of the following can cause it. The saddlebag latches need adjusted, the latch mechanism itself is binding, or the cable from the trunk to the latches is binding.
Also over stuffing the saddlebag can cause the latches to bind.
If it is over stuffed, press in on the saddlebag cover while pulling on the release lever.
The additional force needed to release the latches due to binding parts can cause the linkage in the trunk to bend or plastic retaining clips to break.

Note: Adjusting the cable length in the trunk will allow the latches more travel to release, but does not address the original problem which caused the linkage in the trunk to bend causing the need for the cable adjustment.

Adjusting the latches: To access the latches, remove the cover on the inside top of the saddlebag. There are 8 screws that hold it in (6 vertical and 2 horizontal). With this cover off you can see the latching mechanisms. The rod length between the two latches can be adjusted by prying open the retaining clip on the front latch. Adjust this rod so that both latches release at the same time. It is very important that both latches release at the same time. Lengthening this rod will allow the front latch more travel, if the rod is adjusted too short, the latches will not catch properly and the saddlebag open switch will be out of adjustment causing the display to show an open saddlebag.

Lubricating latches: Locate the release cams on the saddlebag latches. Put some light grease on the cams. This makes the latches operate much easier and smoother with less stress on the linkage and plastic retainer clips.

Lubricating the cables: Remove the cover on the inside, rear of the trunk. There are 5 screws that hold it in place. Use a light oil or cable lube and spray it in the end of the cable housing. Work the cable by pulling on the release handle for that particular cable.
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Re: 2001 saddle bags

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:53 am

Also - Follow this link to excellent pictures and explanations

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/saddlebaglatch


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