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Old 06-12-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Replacing Seat Lock / Arm

Does anyone have any suggestions/tips on how to replace the arm that the seat lock turns to unlatch the seats on a R1200 GSA? I broke the little cast aluminum piece that the lock actually turns.

I need to get the little arm part that goes to the rear seat replaced. Here's what I have inbound...just wondering how to take the lock off the bike, and get this piece on...

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Old 06-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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You have to remove the cover that is under the passenger seat. Flip the cover over and the seat locking mechanism is right there. All rear luggage racks also need to be removed.

A note of warning: I have taken this cover off on two GSs, a 2011 and a 2012. The screws that held the cover down on both bikes were retained by some impossible threadlocker. The torx head would strip on some of the screws, I would drill out the heads, and still have a very hard time removing what was left of the screws with visegrips. It looked like red Locktite, but I don't believe the Germans use Locktite.

Other than that, this is not a difficult job. Have fun and good luck!
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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Thanks so much....now I'm scared of the threadlocker...
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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Forgot to mention another important part. I replaced the damaged screws with metric socket head cap screws from boltdepot.com. I got like 20 of each size and it was still quite a bit cheaper than replacing the exact number of damaged screws via the dealer. The dealer didn't have them in stock. I got the e-mail order parts just as quick as the dealer would get them.

Besides, I hate Torx drive screws.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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Thanks Grouchy...can you take the arm off the lock cylinder pretty easily? I haven't really looked at it much, just home from inaugural road trip on the new ride.

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Old 06-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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DFWbo,
Do you mean the black, plastic arm in the above picture? The open slot that you see just snaps onto the lock cylinder pin. The closed slot at the other end will contain the rod that is the passenger seat lock.

The lock cylinder is held in place with a plastic collar that twists and snaps into place. It doesn't look like much and it appears easy to damage if you use force to pry it off.

Compared to some of the other things on these bikes, this is easy peazy.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #7
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No. I cracked the metal piece lower in the photo :mad:

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Old 06-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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I believe the lock cylinder is a one-piece casting. It will all be made clear when you flip the cover over.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #9
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Thanks, you're not so grouchy aftetall

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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I believe the lock cylinder is a one-piece casting. It will all be made clear when you flip the cover over.
yup - I agree with the grouchy one.

it'll all look dead easy once you remove the cover. I saw the traces of what looked like red loc-tite too - but all four of my bolts came out fairly easy, with a short handled ratchet drive - they wouldn't move with a simple screw driver type handle ..... so 'slow and steady' is my advice....
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #11
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Do you guys think I should put some type of loctite back on upon reassembly?

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Do you guys think I should put some type of loctite back on upon reassembly?

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I wouldn't really think you need to - there will be some trace left from last time - and this isn't something that might cause critical risk should one of the little screws work loose.

Another handy tip might be - watch out for the two little plastic cushion spacers at the tail end - they sneakily drop off when you're not looking only to show up the day after you put it all back together again. DAMHIKT.

also - don't take off the small plastic trim ring around the seat lock - you don't need to since the entire lock assembly remains attached to the rack.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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Awesome tips, than you so much!

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #14
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Thanks for the pointers guys, it was simple once I removed the rear cover....but man there are a bunch of bolts!

So, even though I thought I was very careful, I had this little part left over, anyone know where it goes, it's a little piece of black rubber? I can't find it on the parts fiche:



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