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Old 03-11-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Krauser bags... sloppy fit

My right side Krauser bag is loose in its frame mount. The frame assembly does not appear to be bent. The seat belt support shackle is solid with little play. I'm a bit concerned the bag will take flight at speed.

Are there any tips or fixes for this?
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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You are advised to use safety straps for those bags even if they seem to fit right. These bags with the seat belt latch get lost all the time.

Can't really advise on a fix because I have the other mounting system that is a little more secure I think.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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My right side Krauser bag is loose in its frame mount. The frame assembly does not appear to be bent. The seat belt support shackle is solid with little play. I'm a bit concerned the bag will take flight at speed.

Are there any tips or fixes for this?
My (slightly) newer BMW case has a hunk of foam rubber in the indentation where the front part of the bag rides on the mounting frame. Sort of a U-shaped channel. Well, mine is battered, compressed and non-resilient. It is after all 30 years old. What the P.O. did is wrap the leading tube of the frame with black electrical tape. LOTS of black electrical tape. A proper fix, around to which I haven't gotten, would be to replace the knackered foam with new.

Not sure about the seat belt type bags though. Your mileage may vary.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:16 AM   #4
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At the dollar store you can get a pack of adhesive backed felt. I put strips of felt on the racks to take up the slack and the bags fit tight. It's the bouncing around that cracks the racks and bags, even if not overloaded. Auxillary straps are the best insurance.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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At the top corners of the rack are two holes, I put rubber timing plugs in each one to tighten the bags and then I strap them on. Plus you have spare plugs if you lose the one in the engine.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:49 AM   #6
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on mine, I took a piece of 5/8" heater hose (very common size) and slit it lengthwise, then slid it onto the lower rail of the mounts. made the bags nice and tight. been on there for years.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #7
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That foam insulation about 1" wide can be used also.Sticky on one side.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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on mine, I took a piece of 5/8" heater hose (very common size) and slit it lengthwise, then slid it onto the lower rail of the mounts. made the bags nice and tight. been on there for years.
I used the same fix. Simple, cheap, effective.
I also strap my bags to the frames. The straps hold the lids closed, and prevents the bags coming off.

Caution on using strong strap material near the rear wheel. Do it well with good buckles/clasps. You don't want that material coming loose near your wheel.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #9
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I would advise straps regardless of fit. I remember leaving a hotel one morning and riding down a cobbled street only to hear the thump of one of my Krausers falling off.....
Straps are a cheap fix !
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #10
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Excellent tips... thanks.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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Over time, preventing a loose fit will preserve the locks a little.
The straps are wise regardless.
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