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When I got my '88, there were a few things that were goofy about it, and one of them that really bothered me was the lack of helmet holder. Dude just removed them (PO), and they're not exactly easy to find and replace. Well, I managed to. And the result makes no sense:


Sorry, the image looks cut off now.

How the hell is this supposed to hold a helmet? It can't, the U-hinge won't hinge (for lack of a better word). This is one I took of a '96 belonging to Wingsconsin and it works:


The opening mechanism in the trunk won't stay put, it has to be at an extreme angle towards the front to connect. Anybody have any ideas?



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By the looks of the first photo the unit is too far forward. The release mechanism hole should not be visible. Something is not aligned correctly.
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I feel like the trunk itself must be aligned wrong, because the holder is screwed into the only hole in the frame for it. I was afraid someone'd say that.

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Any idea if the PO had removed the trunk? When I took mine off to gain access to the turn signal flasher I had a terrible time replacing it because the screws were not lining up properly. Took a lot of patience to get it back to the proper location. I had to start the screws closest to the hinge side first and then the ones by the latch side. Only after they were all in could I tighten them all.
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Is it possible the previous owner remounted the trunk, moving it back an inch or so?

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WingAdmin,
I know it's an old post but do you by chance have any photos of how these things mount? I bought a set on ebay for my 98Se that didn't have any. I'm either missing a piece or.....???

Thanks in advance
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:shock: When a bike is converted to a trike, they get removed :? just pitched a 5 pound coffee can full of them yesterday. :roll:
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OK, this helps a bunch. I think Crystal Pistol is right, my SE is a trike, and the holes in the trunk subpanel were covered with tape. I started think the locks mounted to that, but in looking at the photos I guess they mount to the actual bottom of the trunk.

This all started while I'm converting my trike to all LED lighting; front to back. In doing so I had to remove the trunk to get at flashers, trunk cables, etc. To say there was an amount of "red-neck engineering" involved would be an uh,...um...understatement. Yeah that's it.

Thanks for the info.

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Honu425 wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:26 am
OK, this helps a bunch. I think Crystal Pistol is right, my SE is a trike, and the holes in the trunk subpanel were covered with tape. I started think the locks mounted to that, but in looking at the photos I guess they mount to the actual bottom of the trunk.

This all started while I'm converting my trike to all LED lighting; front to back. In doing so I had to remove the trunk to get at flashers, trunk cables, etc. To say there was an amount of "red-neck engineering" involved would be an uh,...um...understatement. Yeah that's it.

Thanks for the info.
With the wider / bigger rear body of a trike under the trunk, the helmet locks were virtually unusable anyway. They mounted to little tabs on a subframe that holds the trunk as I recall.

Idea I had … I wanted a way to lock a helmet or two on ours to keep them from "falling off" as we were away from the trike like in a restaurant, etc. I took a piece of vinyl covered 1/8" steel cable and those aluminum "crimp" type of cable clamps (used a hammer and steel block and shaft of screwdriver crossways to crimp them in a couple places) to add a loop at each end, covered clamp with tape, loop cable through my FF helmet chin bar and the co-rider helmet D Rings and passenger hand holds, added a small brass padlock. Helmets just set on the seat then. If some curious onlooker or one of us bumped the trike, no helmet drops. Worked super.
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Thanks for that Crystal Pistol.
I "found" the subframe they attach to and got mine mounted finally. I've got and "earlier" California Side Car trike and my lower trunk isn't as wide as yours. since all I want them for is to lock on a helmet when I'm away from the bike, I think it will work just fine.

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I used to use "extenders" on my 1200 bike, had Wing shaped big ends, they slipped through the D-ring to reach the lock. When not in use, they just hung on locks.

On the trike, I used the cable, and on both I moved the trunk back a ways for room, made my own brackets to do so. I used two long pieces of 1" wide x 3/16" steel, but the first one I saw up in Ohio used 4 shorter pieces 1/4 or 3/8" thick aluminum, also 1" wide.
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CrystalPistol,
Why, may I ask, did you feel the need to move the trunk back? I'm curious.
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