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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle bag lock issue - screws falling out

I did a search and came up dry. Recently I found that the two screws which secure the lock tab to the main lock cylinder in the saddlebags were backing off, to the point where the tab fell off, I lost one of the screws, and the lock assembly fell out of the bag (the plastic flange athat hold the metal key cylinder nd the cylinder itself). I tried to tighten them using a Star key, but these silly screws have a small metal button in the middle of the star indentation that don't allow me to get a good purchase on the screw.....plus I lost one. I tried to source a substitute screw at the local Home Depot but the thread is finer than machine thread, almost like something you'd use for a watch or eyeglasses. So, I'd love it if I could source a substitute screw that has a standard phillips, straight, or hex head. Has anyone else faced this issue, and if so, how did you solve it?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 08:48 PM
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Start by blaming the dealer who assembled the lock without using the mandated Loctite. And the reason your torx driver doesn't work is because it is a 'security' Torx head, needing a special driver.

I don't know what the screw itself is, but a search at www.fjrforums.com will give you everything you need to know
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Very common problem Beast, best cured by a small drop of Loctite on the thread when you do the bolts up again.

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Thanks for the guidance, link to issue and fix found

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...addle+bag+lock

Thanks everyone. It took a bit of searching since it's an old topic. I'm going to retrofit to the Lowes replacement screws (specs listed in link above) since I don't really need to invest in new safety torx heads. I have plenty of red loctite at home.

I hate being a noob - I'm a member of the RX7 Big List and Forum for over 9 years and that group is quick to yell 'search, you noob' on old rehashed issue being brought up by new owners.

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Lowes didn't have them, dammit

My local Lowes only carries down to M4, not M3. Gotta try a different source.........and they also don't carry safety torx heads.
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An even better solution

Happened to be going past an Orchard Supply Hardware and swung in to see if they had a solution, and found what I think is even better: Metric Soket Head Cap Screws, M3x6 pitch .5 in a three-pak for $.69. Total cost with tax - $1.49 for two packages to replace both sides. The cap screws have a raised head with ridges for easy purchase with your fingers to get the screws started and snug, and then the hex head is easier to get to with the angle of a hex wrench. Add a little red loctite and viola, permanent fix.

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Re: An even better solution

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Happened to be going past an Orchard Supply Hardware and swung in to see if they had a solution, and found what I think is even better: Metric Soket Head Cap Screws, M3x6 pitch .5 in a three-pak for $.69. Total cost with tax - $1.49 for two packages to replace both sides. The cap screws have a raised head with ridges for easy purchase with your fingers to get the screws started and snug, and then the hex head is easier to get to with the angle of a hex wrench. Add a little red loctite and viola, permanent fix.

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 12:48 AM
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Mine did the same thing...................I took the side bags to the local dealer, Ride N Now, Concord NC (not where I purchased the bike) and they took care of the problem for me for FREE. They have obviously got some of my greenbacks with service like that.

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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 11:59 AM
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Thanks.....one of my screws came out on a trip to NorCal last week, and I just about could not get my luggage open in a rain storm (wet weather gear enclosed), noticed when I got back it was missing one screw and the other was loose!
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A bit over seven years to get a thank you... but appreciated none the less, I'm sure.

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