another locked trunk


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fibersport
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another locked trunk

Post by fibersport » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:27 pm



I just replaced my tires (Kenda Cruz with beads) and cleaning (29 years of dirt) of the bike under the trunk and saddlebags yesterday. I paused to go out for dinner with the family and just wanted to finish up where I was, which was finishing cleaning up the wiring from previous owners for the rear lights. To remove the light bar on the trunk I had to remove the locking mechanism cover. I had everything installed and working great, or so I thought. I installed the mechanism cover and closed the trunk. When I got back, I couldn't open the trunk either with the lever underneath or the key. Also, the saddlebags wouldn't open with the lever either - they did before.

I read WingAdmin's post about drilling a hole in the trunk to insert a long screwdriver so I'm pretty sure that will be my method to open it up again. My concern though is why didn't it work? It seems that the key unlock mechanism isn't working and is staying in the locked position. I never had any problems with it before. Thoughts and comments are appreciated .......



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Re: another locked trunk

Post by Rodzim » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:29 pm

The same thing happened to me when installing leds. The coat hanger method wont work.
Its hard to explain but it will be clear once you open it. There is a tab in the locking mechanism that slipped down
while you were installing it. There is no way around it. You have to drill holes. I drilled 3 9/16 holes to fit a long extension with a philips bit. Just find a rubber grommet to put over the hole when you are done. The extra hole is so you can look in the trunk while you shine a light through the other. Good luck.

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Re: another locked trunk

Post by fibersport » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:50 am

That's what I thought, I seem to recall a post on here that commented about the rod that unlatches the trunk but I couldn't find it again. Thanks, now to wrestle with trying to remove the seat, had a heck of a time to install it!

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Re: another locked trunk

Post by aholloway17 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:02 pm

I assure you the trunk can be opened with a coat hanger. I know because I was stuck 89 miles from home and borrowed one. It took me a good thirty minutes but I got. And that hanger stays with the bike. Follow the link below...

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Re: another locked trunk

Post by Rodzim » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:14 am

You can unlock it with the coat hanger assuming the assembly is together correctly ( ive done it), not when the latch has slipped under the lock. Its impossible

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Re: another locked trunk

Post by GlimWas » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:30 am

I've done it once, after the same mistake. Made a long pick from a piece of steel and eventually managed to open the saddlebag. A pita? You bet it was, but it is doable...................
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Re: another locked trunk

Post by fibersport » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:02 am

Got it all taken care of. The latch was indeed under the rod so the coat hanger trick would never have worked but thanks for the information. I guess in my haste to go to dinner, I didn't bother to double check all was working before I closed the lid. I also installed a zip-tie just in case I need to pull the rod manually in the future, surprised there is so much plastic, probably nylon, involved.



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