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post #1 of 9 Old 12-09-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Rattling boxes on adventure

I bought my adventure last weekend. One of the boxes was loose when it was at the dealership - the shop tightened it before I left. Now both boxes are just a little loose. I tried tightening the nuts on the inside of the rack, but the washer (?) between the rack and the box just spins. I don't have an owner's manual yet (they lost it - they're mailing me one), how do I tighten up the boxes to the rack?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 08:30 AM
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Seems to me you need some Loctite or other thread lock on the bits and pieces if they're coming undone so quickly. I have the Touratech Zega panniers so can't give any advice on what needs tightening up on your panniers, sorry.
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If you're referring to where the boxes slide on to the racks...

I had occasional rattles as well. Didn't seem to me any bolts needed tightening. So, I wrapped a small piece of electrical tape inside and around the groove on each of those round things.

They don't rattle anymore.
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 08:52 PM
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Small rubber o-rings from an auto shop will stop the rattling too and give you that snug feeling.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 10:11 PM
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That's what the tapes is for that should have come in the saddlebags. Seems Suzuki knew they were prone to rattling.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-12-2012, 01:49 AM
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I don't exactly what my dealer did but the service writer said it was a minor adjustment and the bags were tight without the use of tape or O rings.
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-12-2012, 09:08 AM
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I don't exactly what my dealer did but the service writer said it was a minor adjustment and the bags were tight without the use of tape or O rings.
It's the lock latches on the rack on mine that rattled. I unlocked and removed the bag then loosened the bolts that hold the latch to the rack slid them slightly forward and tried again. It may take a couple attempts but the noise should go away.

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-12-2012, 07:08 PM
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Make sure you secure the locks. Those small c clips don't always hold. Some extra glue should be used. There are threads on here about people losing their locks due to vibrations.

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