GL1500 Trunk Latch


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GL1500 Trunk Latch

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I've seen lots of threads on people being unable to open their 1500's trunk, but mine is the opposite - it won't latch closed on both sides, and stays slightly open on the left all the time. It looks like a few others have had this problem (the little plastic tooth inside one or both of the latches breaks off, and the trunk lid won't stay closed). I figure that with only one little plastic hook holding the entire lid secure, it won't be long before the second one goes too.

Has anyone here tried to disassemble the latch assembly to see what the tooth (preferably an intact one) looks like - i.e., I'm wondering how hard it would be to fabricate a new tooth out of, say, 6061 aluminum or PTFE plastic, both of which I have in my garage.

So - does anyone have a photo of the plastic latch tooth (or can post one!)? I haven't removed & disassembled the latch assembly yet, but I'm sure someone here has, at one time or another. I don't want to wreck anything!

OR...does anyone have a Honda part number for this (all I've been able to find is the entire latch assembly - it seems silly to replace the entire thing for want of one little plastic hook)? I have found used assemblies on Ebay, but a) there's no way of telling if the plastic teeth are intact, and b) I'm in Canada, and Ebay's recent change in shipping (they take a big cut, now, on anything sold from the US to elsewhere - a used latch on Ebay costs more than a new assembly from Honda, once shipping is included) makes used assemblies more or less unobtainable.

On the lighter side, I just finished my new Garmin GPS mount, and I'm putting the finishing touches on my blingy 3-flag mount for the trunk.

Pics to come....



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Re: GL1500 Trunk Latch

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Look at this on ebay, may be the parts you need for low money. Look at the forth pic with trunk latch and catches.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/88-00-Honda-GL1 ... 39&vxp=mtr

Look at part 42, can get new. CATCH ASSY., TRUNK
http://www.partsfish.com/oemparts/a/hon ... /trunk-box

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Thanks, folks. I finally bought the whole assembly (used) from Ebay, from a seller in Canada (saves me the extra 200% export fees!). Doesn't look like the little hook parts are available anywhere by themselves.

When it arrives & I change it out, I will look over the internals of my old one & see how hard it would be to fabricate and install a replacement hook.

If it's a reasonable job, I'll post pics on how to do it. It seems that quite a few 1500 owners have had this same issue.

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I had this same trunk latch issue, so i fabricated some latches out of steel. When I made them I made a bunch of them thinking that other guys might want some latches too, so I took photos and wrote up some instructions of how to install these steel latches in the GL1500. If anybody's interested let me know and I'll drop a set in the mail for you for $20. PM me or you can e mail me at popawheeliey@gmail.com.
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That's what I was thinking, too. I picked up another trunk latch assembly from Ebay, as I couldn't find the little latch teeth separately anywhere.

For those considering buying some from Moto_man, after having gotten a close look at the complex & precise shape of them in my own latch assembly, I have to say that there is a LOT of work to manufacture pieces like this in metal, and his price for these is EXCELLENT. Plus, unlike the stock plastic ones, these will never wear out or break.

If you need these (and quite a few of us do, I suspect), I wouldn't hesitate. He's offering a smokin' deal IMHO. Good job, Moto_man!!

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Hope he is still making them as this post is from 2014

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Found out he is not making them, found a used one off ebay, was hoping to find the piece in the trunk, might have to try to make me some out of aluminum, since I will have one to play with

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I still have my original (plastic) ones somewhere....from when I put on Moto_man's steel replacements.

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WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Moto_man's steel replacements.
Is there a link for this?

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Corkster52 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:09 am
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Moto_man's steel replacements.
Is there a link for this?
He isn't making them anymore, unfortunately.

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Wonder if it would be worth finding someone to print them in metal

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Printed in metal? Is that a thing? Maybe having some Water Jet Cut would be the way to go.
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WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:32 pm
Corkster52 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:09 am
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Moto_man's steel replacements.
Is there a link for this?
He isn't making them anymore, unfortunately.
That’s what I was afraid of. Thanks

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Seen more than a few owners drop or slam the lid down … I just ease it down slow like, then grab passenger back rest at top center and give it a slight tug. Snap … done.
Make Courtesy your "Code of the Road" …

… & Have a Safe Trip!
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MikeB wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:38 pm
Printed in metal? Is that a thing? Maybe having some Water Jet Cut would be the way to go.
There are metal 3D printers, but they are supremely expensive, within the reach of large companies only. Some aircraft companies are using them to print complex aircraft parts now.



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