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post #1 of 7 Old 07-01-2012, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Caribou case latch rattle???

Some months back, I picked up a Caribou top case. The latches on the case itself--are they supposed to lock tight and then have no play at all? The reason I ask is that I can lock the top latches and unlock them with no problem at all. They appear to work properly insofar as they keep the top down very securely. However, when I ride down a less-than-smooth road, the "exterior portion" of the latches make a lot of noise because they are not held tight against whatever is under them that keeps the top secure. In other words, there is play in both latches (and the same amount of play) that will cause a rattling noise that is really annoying. On standalone Pelican cases I have seen, the latches have always been static when closed and never have they had any play. So are my latches defective or is it normal for the latches on Caribou cases to rattle when riding down a bumpy street? And if it helps, I am not the original owner of the case, but wonder if maybe I don't have an older version of it.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. I think I will be contacting Caribou sometime this week, to see what they say.
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Are you shure it's the case and not the hardware that holds the case to the bike.

That was my problem.

Eventually, on rough surfaces the steel tabs on the case rubbing against the aluminum plate results in a lost top case.

Ikept tightening the tab on the lock until enetually the lock broke on a gravel road.

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For that style of Pelican latch, it is normal.

Take a close look, each latch is actually 2 pieces. One piece is the actual latch (smaller) and the section that rattles is a mechanical lever on the smaller piece.
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Are you shure it's the case and not the hardware that holds the case to the bike.

That was my problem.

Eventually, on rough surfaces the steel tabs on the case rubbing against the aluminum plate results in a lost top case.

Ikept tightening the tab on the lock until enetually the lock broke on a gravel road.
Yes, the case sits tight as a drum on the hardware. And when I remove the case, the noise goes away as well. The only thing that is loose are the latches.

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For that style of Pelican latch, it is normal.

Take a close look, each latch is actually 2 pieces. One piece is the actual latch (smaller) and the section that rattles is a mechanical lever on the smaller piece.
That's what I figured the issue to be. At least I now know it's normal, even though it is still annoying.

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contact Roger and he will send you new latches
I will contact Roger for sure. Hopefully I can put new, rattle-free latches on the case. Hopefully...
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Mine make a ton of racket too. I have traced the noise to the case latches, the case handles, and the rack latches.

You can lightly bend the rack latches to tighten them up, The rest of the noise that comes from just the pelican case it self I don't even notice anymore.

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