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Old 04-24-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Gobi side case has over-hinge rubber disintegrating

This disintegrating is happening to the rubber piece that covers the hinge, which is attached to the outer lid and main box by 10 screws and two metal plates.

I have been fruitless in my attempts at turning up a part number or a dealer of a replacement. I'm sure I can find a suitable alternative at a hardware store, but I'd like to get some input, such as problems I might encounter (UV deterioration, etc.)

Has anyone else had this problem? What was your solution?
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:31 PM   #2
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Yeah, mine are completely shagged. (2005.5)

I'm considering cutting up some old tubes as a start. Haven't thought this all the way through. (Except for saving up for Caribou cases!)
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:20 AM   #3
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I would do nothing, I bought an 03 bike in 2006 that came with gobis, no rubber there just the chainmail hinge that was left, now still happily using them on my 2008 adventure, still just as strong and waterproof as ever.

Trying to make panniers aesthetically pleasing is liking sticking racing spoilers and 'phat' rims on a volvo estate IMO, havent yet discovered the point of the rubber flappy bit

(but the stuff they use to make inflatable dinghys would probably be pretty good and comes in grey too)
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:37 AM   #4
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I would do nothing, I bought an 03 bike in 2006 that came with gobis, no rubber there just the chainmail hinge that was left, now still happily using them on my 2008 adventure, still just as strong and waterproof as ever.

Trying to make panniers aesthetically pleasing is liking sticking racing spoilers and 'phat' rims on a volvo estate IMO, havent yet discovered the point of the rubber flappy bit

(but the stuff they use to make inflatable dinghys would probably be pretty good and comes in grey too)
Is there a metallic hinge underneath the rubber flap ?
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:38 AM   #5
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Hmmm, my rubber is ok, but I'm not sure there is any metal hinge underneath. Mine looks like the lid is part of the base, and some plastic that was molded with the case is the hinge. Can others confirm.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:07 AM   #6
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I've seen them both ways, chain mail and "rubber". The lids are moulded with the body. The chainmail is a bit more secure in that the hinge can't be cut with a knife.

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Old 04-25-2010, 07:33 AM   #7
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My cases don't have chain mail but that does sound like a good alternative to the rubber. I see the bare plastic hinge as a simple way to breach security.

Has anyone found a source for the stock chain mail that's used?
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:24 AM   #8
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Does anyone have a "treatment" recommendation to apply to the rubber to keep it from disintegrating?

Rubber treatment = KY?
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:48 AM   #9
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:04 AM   #10
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Thanks for the find! If that's the rubber piece, that's a steep price for just one.

I suppose I'll be on the prowl for suitable chain mail (anyone have a part# or can check their piece for one?).

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Old 04-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #11
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Does anyone have a "treatment" recommendation to apply to the rubber to keep it from disintegrating?

Rubber treatment = KY?
we used 303 for rafts.. it is a conditioner and uv protectant.. it shure would be good to have some.. (local rafting shops in denver? down river equipment?)
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:41 PM   #12
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New covers

It's been a while since these were made, but I'd like to have closure to this thread in some sense.

On August 16th, in preparation for my trip (see signature), I stop at Craig's Custom Canvas in Delray Beach, FL. I tell him the dimensions, and after going over material options, he sews them up in about 15 minutes. He even decides not to charge me, after hearing of my upcoming trip. They're still holding up after almost 4 months and 10,000 miles. Check out the quality for yourself.

Note: These photos were taken just after the covers were made.





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Old 12-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #13
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:12 PM   #14
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Thanks for the update... and the RR link.

Looks like an interesting trip, I will be taking a look thru it. Looks like your almost home safe.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:01 PM   #15
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I got this from home depot for $2.09 Sf. I should have done it Vertical.


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