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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Who the #$!% designed the rear compartment!?

Rode in to work this morning, no problems, so I thought. Getting ready to hop on the bike to grab some lunch and noticed my rear compartment/tool box flapping open...lock missing. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know...OK? So hit up Home Depot on the way home after voile strapping the compartment shut. Picked up a cam lock, which works just fine and saved me about $40 from the OEM lock. But while installing, the whole door just fell off. Why aren't there hinges on this thing? Who decided that really thin plastic was going to do the trick? Any how, it's now being held on by 3m VHB double sided tape on the inside, some electrical tape to seal it from the outside. Lock installed, super glued in place. SMH.

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At the same Home Depot you can pick up a small piano hinge to be replace the thin plastic original. Get stainless steel screws to match up with it and you are all set. Most of us agree that the box is a flawed design but that is minor and can be easily fixed as well as a few other minor design problems but it is one great bike overall. Many of us will eventually go on to own other bikes and replace the VN 750 unless we are able to keep a small stable of bikes. Some members here already own more than one 750. Enjoy this bike for what it is.

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well, thats plastic for ya..

at least yours lasted this long...

when I got my 2005, the 'hinge' is actually duct tape... been that way for an undetermined amount of time, but more than the 2 months I have owned my vulcan.

in the end we can probably blame the bean counters on the lack of hinges (as well as many other cheap alternatives installed at the factory.

they were designed to last for a couple years, which they do. after that, warranty is gone, so the manufacturer has no more stake in the bike.
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At the same Home Depot you can pick up a small piano hinge to be replace the thin plastic original. Get stainless steel screws to match up with it and you are all set. Most of us agree that the box is a flawed design but that is minor and can be easily fixed as well as a few other minor design problems but it is one great bike overall. Many of us will eventually go on to own other bikes and replace the VN 750 unless we are able to keep a small stable of bikes. Some members here already own more than one 750. Enjoy this bike for what it is.
I love my bike, so don't take my complaining the wrong way. I've had it for 6 years, and it's been great. This is just not what I wanted to do after work. But really, the plastic hinge is a bit ridiculous.

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-Memphis shades windshield 2007
-RAM phone/GPS mount/micro-usb 2008
-Degoat/marbled 2009
-wib714's ACCT to MCCT mod front 2011
-TOC's MCCT front and back 2013
-Drilled clutch basket 2013
-Coastered/ear-shave/rejet 2013
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I thought everyone here knew to get a hinge and use silicon on the lock's thread lol. I'm sure it's in the verses somewhere.

That being said, I made the mistake of ignoring the warnings and lost my lock as well. Now the lid is held in place by a piece of cable. I do have a hinge though lol.

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I lost my lock ... cover... and mind... in no particular order....

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Lost mine too! I just put my sissy bar bag over it and letting it ride!!!


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I completely agree, the glove box on the bike sucks. The plastic hindge was broke when I bought my bike but the door was still hanging in there. Never got around to fixing the hinge and the door fell off on the way to work last fall. Now I got a big gaping hole right behind my seat and I hate it.

Then again it is motivating me to do some customizing in the near future.

Keep her rubber side down.
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I fixed mine by JB welding a square of plastic milk jug to the inside...I never used it, so I sold it...had a nice, blue wolfprint on it too, lol



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I fixed mine by JB welding a square of plastic milk jug to the inside...I never used it, so I sold it...had a nice, blue wolfprint on it too, lol
A crafty one you are. Oh, the wonderful things you can do with milk jugs...like fill them with ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder, and shoot them. BOOOOM!

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-Mustang seat 2007
-Jafrum's leather saddlebags 2007
-Memphis shades windshield 2007
-RAM phone/GPS mount/micro-usb 2008
-Degoat/marbled 2009
-wib714's ACCT to MCCT mod front 2011
-TOC's MCCT front and back 2013
-Drilled clutch basket 2013
-Coastered/ear-shave/rejet 2013
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