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post #1 of 16 Old 05-11-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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OEM aluminum pannier keys - use carefully

Hi,

First month with the 2012, first lesson learned with the bike. My OEM aluminum pannier locks regularly stick since day one. It's like the keys need to wear in the lock tumblers so the motion is smoother. Unfortunately, the keys are also very soft/week.

Here was the result after a chilly ride last night:



Biggest lesson learned: Always carry a second pannier lock key in my riding jacket. If the break happened when I was arriving the store and not leaving, I would have locked my helmet inside.

Hopefully Suzuki will warranty the key.

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these are the goofiest locks.....they work fine one minute then stick the next, a bit frustrating.......oh well, it is a sunny morning and supposed to reach 65 degrees today so I am off for a ride on HWY 12 to do the twisties

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Graphite...

Mine were stiff and problematic until I used graphite powder on 'em and no more trouble. I'll just re-lube 'em whenever they start stiffening up. Not the finest locks (or keys) in the world but they work fine with a little maintenance and common sense handling.
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Mine were stiff and problematic until I used graphite powder on 'em and no more trouble. I'll just re-lube 'em whenever they start stiffening up. Not the finest locks (or keys) in the world but they work fine with a little maintenance and common sense handling.
I did that also, but it has not changed anything....don't ever want to force them though, they could break.....

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I'm usually very careful with this type of thing, but the cold sure didn't help.

Again, lesson learned

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I completely agree; the locks are very temperamental. Sometimes, I have difficulty just trying to insert the key. I'm thinking regular lubrication is a must with these guys.

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I had two locks fall out due to c clips coming off. I was able to get the dealer to give me a new set of 6 when I got the factory top case. They suck just as bad but graphite did help a bit. I also put a dab of rtv over the c clips so they wont come apart again.
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Hi,

First month with the 2012, first lesson learned with the bike. My OEM aluminum pannier locks regularly stick since day one. It's like the keys need to wear in the lock tumblers so the motion is smoother. Unfortunately, the keys are also very soft/week.

Here was the result after a chilly ride last night:



Biggest lesson learned: Always carry a second pannier lock key in my riding jacket. If the break happened when I was arriving the store and not leaving, I would have locked my helmet inside.

Hopefully Suzuki will warranty the key.

Pete
Oh noes! Bummer. Keep in mind that you can buy a full 6 lock set with 2 keys (for two side cases and a top case) for around $22.00 bucks. Suzuki should replace just based on the principle of the matter. However, if they are slow, your time may be worth more than what the locks may cost you. Just my .02 and another option if you run into obstacles.
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Mine were a bit of a PITA until I lubed w/graphite. I was ready to "chuck em" though. The locks work well now. I think I'll carry a tube of graphite lubricant with me from now on.

My full face (Shoei) DOES fit in the topcase....barely. Can't remember the model but it is maybe 6 years old or so(never used it that much). The newer full face helmets must be larger.
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Where can you buy a set of the locks?

Hi guys I ordered adventure cases for my standard fox green model and the cases are in but the locks are not and for some reason very slow getting in....Any idea where I can buy a set of locks for the adventure cases quick??
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