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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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So, I just got my OEM tool case cover. Man that hinge is flimsy. I have seen that some say to put tape on it but I think in the heat the tape will get hot and the glue... well, you know. Has anyone come up with any other ways of strengthening the hinges on these other than tape?

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i saw a thread where someone took a pianio hinge and rivited it on the inside to stringhen the door

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Yes a piano hinge or a couple of small hinges bolted on with small bolts

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There are several but here is one https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4902
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Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the piano hinge with rivets painted black.

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use some silicone on the rivets to seal up the hole when you put them in

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Exclamation Tie Wraps to Secure Tool Box Lid

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Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the piano hinge with rivets painted black.
Hey VC --

I attached the door on my toolbox with plastic tie wraps and I was surprised at how nice and secure it is. This method is fast, easy, cheap and looks great!

Here is a link to photos: http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/u...ax/Tool%20Box/ Check out the 3 phots on the second row.

1. drill 3 very small evenly spaced holes near the edge of the lid and 3 matching holes on the edge of the tool box.

2. thread a small tie wrap through each set of holes (1st photo)

3. tighten the tie wrap and cut off the excess length (3rd photo)

4. close the lid and see how tight and secure it is! (2nd photo)

5. the drilled holes are so small they're not noticeable and I don't think rain will be a problem but I'm going to put a dab of silicone on each hole from the inside.

Hope this helps!
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The real key here to avoid not having to "fix" the hinge is , not to use the toolbox at all. The more you open it the more you stress the plastic and cause it to wear.

I kept the stock tool bag in there, but never kept anything worth while or that I would need on a daily basiss. Although the lock looks formidable, it only takes one good whack with the back of your fist to open the box even when it is locked. I did squeeze some silicone seal on the lock threads as having the lock fall off is one of the other problems with the box.

I eventualy removed the entire toolbox, and just before I ended up selling the bike, I took the old lock and used it on a small metal box I made myself.(The stock toolbox was given away)

If you need to carry small crap with you and your pockets are not enough, a small tankbag works well. If you wish some security while away from the bike, you can just bolt on one of those tail cases, or any small lockable container.
Those waterproof Pelican boxes are pretty nice.

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The real key here to avoid not having to "fix" the hinge is , not to use the toolbox at all. The more you open it the more you stress the plastic and cause it to wear.
Yea. I'm basically going to keep my reg info and my battery tender plug so I might go in there a few times a month but not every day. I have saddle bags for putting any items in that I need to carry around. We'll see what happens. Whether it be to put some duct tape, piano hinges or zip ties I don't know yet but whatever it will be should be ok. I was looking at a post where someone used a mini back pack and another used a mini tank bag and both look pretty good so I might look into doing something like that next.

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I just did the three zip ties thing. Piece of cake. Now the lid will stay put on the rare occasion I open the bloody thing. Thanks.

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