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Old 02-28-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Do you trust the Adventure Box latches?

While I admire the design of the GSA's pannier mounting system, it seems to me that if the latch ever failed and the box was jarred a bit, it would be "bye-bye-box".

So, do you ever add an extra fastener...like a "safety line" between the box and the mount in case somebody didn't engage the latch properly. Maybe just a zip tie...can easily be snipped and would hold a ton.

Better idea?
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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They seem stout enough to me. Based on the lack of complaints here I would guess that they almost never have an issue.

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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they seem stout enough to me. Based on the lack of complaints here i would guess that they almost never have an issue.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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Mine work great.. Take some good lube and put a few drops in the key slots about once a year and they work like new.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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If the latches were going to fail and leave a box on the trail, it would have already happened to me . They are are stout.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #6
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The only time I ever heard someone have a problem is when they mounted the case and latched it without locking it.
The latch flipped open,
but it does state on one of the disclaimer stickers never to ride with the latches unlocked.

Why someone would want to try that is beyond me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:56 PM   #7
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If the locks are installed properly the cannot come undone, you cannot leave them unlocked unless they still have the key in the mount lock.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #8
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I have crushed mine several times.. beat them back into shape.. had both wheels off the ground a few times.. I have broken the shock at least once.. but the boxes have never been an issue.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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While this is a VARIO picture...

I understand your concern. A small 1/8" hole drilled through the latch WITH an "R" clip inserted (not shown) prevents these Vario latches from ever opening without rider authorization.

Perhaps there's a similar or other adaptation for the Aluminum Cases that would provide you with the extra peach of mind you're seeking?

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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If the locks are installed properly the cannot come undone, you cannot leave them unlocked unless they still have the key in the mount lock.
Now that you mention it, you're right, but there was someone a few years ago that managed to do it. I remember he started a thread about it.
I don't remember how he did it, but I think the plastic spare key was mentioned.


See post #28, that's probably why I remembered it.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381221&page=2
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #11
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Never lost an adventure case even after severe napping........
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:39 PM   #12
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NEVER had a doubt about the security of those boxes. I think it's a safe and stout mounting system not to mention very easy to mount and unmount the boxes.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:50 PM   #13
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If the locks are installed properly the cannot come undone, you cannot leave them unlocked unless they still have the key in the mount lock.
On the 08 GSA I owned, the key COULD be removed from the lock regardless of the lock position. I rather liked that because I could leave my top case unlocked while traveling and not have to worry about the key.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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On the 08 GSA I owned, the key COULD be removed from the lock regardless of the lock position. I rather liked that because I could leave my top case unlocked while traveling and not have to worry about the key.
That would be for the lids. The latches holding the cases to the bike have to be in the locked position to remove the key. I have been wheels up on both side cases and they tend to get easier to remove and install but remain secure on the bike when locked.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:58 PM   #15
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I've beaten the boxes pretty badly, including a 40mph low-side on a gravel road, and they never budged. Say what you want about the BMW Alu cases, but the mounts are solid.
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