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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Compartment cover on back of seat

Does anyone have a problem with the cheap plastic compartment cover on the back of their seat? My cover came off during ride and I almost lost the tools and other papers. Is there anything I can do to buy or make a replacement? Thanks, Tom
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 01:19 PM
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Oh yeah, we all have that trouble , you're in good company . I used duct tape on mine to make a hinge and so far its lasted 4 years (should re-do it by now tho I guess) but others have use hinges from local hardware stores. Also the lock can unscrew and come out so you should put some thread lock on it.

Oh sorry, you actually lost it? Well, they do show up on ebay or you could put a wanted post in the sell or swap section. Theres a guy who make covers out if wood that are real nice. I'll see if I can find the link and update it here.

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I have been making covers out of wood and upholstering them with marine grade vinyl. I'm working on a full replacement for the top and bottom pieces reusing the lock and reflector.
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I cut a square from an old antifreeze can, then JB welded it back together...I just glued to the cover though, not the box, so acts like a tab. Works great. I can see myself taking an ornate brass hinge too, and adding that....then again, gonna change seat and cut the sissy down some, so prolly wont have the box anymore....



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Wolfie, I have seen a picture of a brass piano hinge used to reattach the toolbox cover.

I used a pair of 4" strap hinges on mine, just like this one:
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1027&cat=502

Given the choice, I would use a piano hinge if I had to do it again.

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I have been making covers out of wood and upholstering them with marine grade vinyl. I'm working on a full replacement for the top and bottom pieces reusing the lock and reflector.
Mine is in good shape but I would definitely be interested in what you come up with for a full replacement. I would like to have a thinner box that is flush with the chrome back of the seat. Do ypu have any pictures of your work?
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lost one then used duct tape as a hinge on the inside on the replacement

seems like most of us have the top loose from the bottom piece and have to figure a way to keep hold of it

i just changed my seat to a vn900 seat so i dont have to worry about it no more

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Mine was attached with nylon webbing and screws when I bought the bike. It now has an aluminum hinge.
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Mine is held on by what seems to be a regular door hinge and I've now lost two locks :-/ Haven't bought a third yet.

After I lost my second lock I was advised to put a dab of silicone on the nut that fixes the lock to the door, but I haven't gotten a third one yet. The door is just held on by a wire that I tied up to hold it.
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Mine is in good shape but I would definitely be interested in what you come up with for a full replacement. I would like to have a thinner box that is flush with the chrome back of the seat. Do ypu have any pictures of your work?
no pics yet, not even a prototype. Its kinda something I am working on because of my rack design. I can however work a little harder if it is something that would help you out. I am thinking of still using the back inside "box" portion and replacing the front cover.

Essentially it is going to be flush when closed. I am thinking of a hinge inside and one solid piece of vinyl on the back to make it kind of hidden. Just some weather stripping on the edges and it should resist water nicely. The nice thing with doing it this way is i can actually make the door opening larger or smaller than the stock box.

Let me know if something like this sounds like what you are looking for and i will whip one up for you.
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