Make replacement saddlebag screw covers


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Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by FM-USA » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:21 pm



Some odd reason I keep losing the chrome Saddlebag screw covers/caps.
OH, they are on tight, I even bend the 2 tabs so they are tighter, but walk(?) they do.


So after buying 2 covers it got to the point, why keep spending money when I can make JUST FINE replacements from soda can bottoms. The CHROMY'R looking, the better.

I made a few that were too small, narrow, wide, etc., but eventually I got it down to where they're just about right. In the pix you can see I made the bend slightly to wide but still looks OK. It's possible to bend narrower without visual damage, but bending wider looks bad. PRACTICE.

Let me save you some time, and cut fingers. :o

They're 13/16" to 7/8" (old school inches) height (before bending), as for the width, measure your opening and add 1/4 to 3/8 in., your choice but too long and it will not slide. There's stops on the underside of the trim.
__ FYI: Take sandpaper or a knife and knock down the sharp edges dull. A screwdriver works by rubbing until smooth. It's soft aluminum and will smooth out easily.

__ FYI: These don't have to slide, these you can simply POP them on they have some spring, unlike the stiff OEM ones. This way you can make them longer than the opening without worrying about bottoming when sliding.
Scratch or lose one, it takes maybe 15 mins. each after you mastered cutting to size.

. . . . HOPE THIS HELPS ;)




Four simple steps to polish the aluminum can bottom before cutting.
Makes it a near chrome finish and looks more like OEM.
Time this takes? Maybe 10 - 15 minutes.




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Re: Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:28 pm

What a great idea! I am always paranoid about losing those things. I take a pair of needlenose pliers and bend them in a bit every time I take them off, to make sure they are tight. I've replaced quite a few of them over the years - and apparently I'm not the only one, because Cyclemax keeps them in stock - for $5 a pop! https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... lip/79/768

Yours is a simple (and cheap) alternative!

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Re: Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by FM-USA » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:36 pm

$5.00???
Last month I seen somewhere they were $6.95 + "expensive box" shipping.

I take it these covers only fit the 1500, as was reason for title change & relocation. I don't know the other Wings setups.



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Re: Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:43 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:36 pm
$5.00???
Last month I seen somewhere they were $6.95 + "expensive box" shipping.

I take it these covers only fit the 1500, as was reason for title change & relocation. I don't know the other Wings setups.
Yup, I think they are exclusive to the GL1500.

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Re: Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:39 pm

I have used power magnets to hold the clips in place for 2 years without any problem.
I have used after market molding and cut it to the correct length, and used two screws, hot glue and two magnets for each clip as shown in the picture.
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Re: Make replacement saddlebag screw covers

Post by FM-USA » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:44 am

Interesting pix.
I wonder if it's possible my bridging across the seam causes the covers to move and fall off via high frequency vibes & thumps?

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