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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Is the stock storage compartment on a 2002 weathertight? Mine had the falling apart compartment removed by the previous owner and I'm wondering if a replacement might be a good place for registration and insurance
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At best, it looks to me that the trunk is not weather-tight, and at worst, the door is quite capable of falling off or open.

The factory "hinge" is just a thinned-out section of plastic, and it has a tendency to fatigue and break, causing the door to fall completely off.

The previous owner of my machine apparently caught that in time or replaced the door and screwed on a fabric hinge, but there's enough play in the fabric hinge that the door can shift down and disengage the latch, then fall open.

I have a section of aircraft hinge I ordered to fix it permanently, but haven't gotten around to getting the soft-set Pop rivets I want to use to attach it yet.

My recommendation: If you want to use the trunk for anything important, put the contents in a sandwich bag and make very sure the hinge and latch on the door are stout.
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Water tight?

No, but kinda "water resistant" , There are not rubber seals and there be gaps.

I however did keep my papers in there, inside a ziplock bag, which is very water tight. I did at one time think of installing some kind of rubber seal, but ended up taking the whole thing off to install my custom back rest:
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There is a company that makes a lockable box that sits behind your licence plate (in the stock location) that might be cheaper than gettting the vulcan stock box:

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The stock storage compartment is quite water resistant. I've rode in bad rain and no water got in. But I've left my baby out in bad rain once and there was moisture in the compartment. Fortunately I kept my registration, insurance and owners manual in a zip-lock storage bag inside the storage compartment. No issues then.

i do like the lockable license plate box that Knifemaker kindly provided a link to. Would be super nice to get it re-keyed so it works on the same key as the ignition and stock storage compartment.

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Definitely not weather tight. I keep my registration and insurance card in a weather tight pouch, stored in the not so weather tight compartment.


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I keep mine in plastic and then put that in the tool kit.
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Diddo on the zip lock bag idea to keep papers in.

I also 'sealed' up the top a bit by putting a piece of black electrical tape. I remeber there being a hole or slot up there some where. The tape help keep the water out.

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It might be best to drill a hole in the bottom so condensation can drain out. Being too water tight might just defeat the purpose.
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