Minor annoyance


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DarthJ
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Minor annoyance

Post by DarthJ » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:54 pm



This is so annoying. On my 93 GL1500 Aspencade, though I don't use the helmet hangers often (usually only when I ave a full trunk) to look in and find one knob nd both rods missing is quite irritating. So, until I feel like spending more money (and gluing the rod on the handle this time) I'm carrying a flathead screwdriver with a shaft long enough to reach.


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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by joeincalif » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 am

take the bottom panel off the trunk, you will probably find the rods in there. If I remember correctly there are only 4 screws holding that piece on.
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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by DarthJ » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:53 pm

joeincalif wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 am
take the bottom panel off the trunk, you will probably find the rods in there. If I remember correctly there are only 4 screws holding that piece on.
I know, I just really don't want to do it, kind of a pain to get it back on sometimes.
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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:56 am

joeincalif wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 am
take the bottom panel off the trunk, you will probably find the rods in there. If I remember correctly there are only 4 screws holding that piece on.
No, they tend to vibrate out of there and vanish forever. They drop out of the knob, fall into that trunk panel, then vibrate around until they find their way out of the hole for the helmet locks. I've lost two of them this way.

Mine are now permanently affixed into the knobs with JB-Weld. I'll never lose another one!!

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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by Mh434 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:50 am

One of mine came apart a year or two ago - I thought it was just me. Apparently, it's more common than I thought.

Guess I was lucky - the knob stayed in the trunk, and the shaft was still in its place. I pushed them back together, and they were surprisingly tight. I couldn't get it to loosen again without serious effort, so it seems like it will stay together.

I suppose I can't complain - it stayed all together for 22 years and, hopefully, as tight as it is, it will stay together for another 22 years. By that time, it will be someone else's problem as I'll be approaching 90 & probably not able to ride.

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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by DarthJ » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:19 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:56 am
joeincalif wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 am
take the bottom panel off the trunk, you will probably find the rods in there. If I remember correctly there are only 4 screws holding that piece on.
No, they tend to vibrate out of there and vanish forever. They drop out of the knob, fall into that trunk panel, then vibrate around until they find their way out of the hole for the helmet locks. I've lost two of them this way.

Mine are now permanently affixed into the knobs with JB-Weld. I'll never lose another one!!
I'm either going the JB weld route, or just staying with the screwdriver method. Depends how lazy I am. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Seriously though, going the JB route, I like having them in there.
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Re: Minor annoyance

Post by DarthJ » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:23 pm

Mh434 wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:50 am
One of mine came apart a year or two ago - I thought it was just me. Apparently, it's more common than I thought.

Guess I was lucky - the knob stayed in the trunk, and the shaft was still in its place. I pushed them back together, and they were surprisingly tight. I couldn't get it to loosen again without serious effort, so it seems like it will stay together.

I suppose I can't complain - it stayed all together for 22 years and, hopefully, as tight as it is, it will stay together for another 22 years. By that time, it will be someone else's problem as I'll be approaching 90 & probably not able to ride.
Sadly, one knob went into the Twilight Zone with the shafts. Got to re order them. Going with WingAdmin's suggestion to JB weld the knob to the shaft (uuuhhhh, phrasing? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: )


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