REPAIRING INTEGRAL BAG LATCHES
Repairing Integral Bag Latches
By: Steven Huber <email@example.com>
The subject of re-attaching Integral bag latches occasionally comes up
on the list. Repairing the latches is a simple procedure; here's a
summary of how I've repaired the latches.
- Pop rivet gun. There are many types for sale. I bought a rather simple
one that handles the smaller rivet sizes.
- Needle nose pliers.
- Multi-size, aluminum pop rivets. These work for a length (grip) range of
.251" to .437". Width (hole size) is .129" to .156"
- 1/8" aluminum pop rivet washers.
Both steel and aluminum pop rivets are available. It looks like the OEM
ones are aluminum. My guess is the Al ones will shear more easily,
perhaps causing less damage to the bags in a crash. I use the Al ones.
- Use the needle-nose pliers to remove what remain of the pop rivets in
the latch mechanism and on/in the bag. If not all of the rivets sheared
off you will have to drill them out.
- Place pop rivet in gun and place a washer on the rivet.
- Position the latch on the outside of the bag. You want the "hook" part
of the latch to face inwards to the bag mounting bracket; however, the
hole location in the latch makes this a no-brainer to position. There is
no chance of getting the latch backwards (famous last words).
- Insert rivet from inside the bag out through the latch.
- Squeeze the rivet gun handles and your rivet should be installed. You
might have to reposition the gun on the tang and repeat the squeeze to
snug down the rivet. Follow the instructions for your gun to snip off
the remaining tang.
- Repeat for the remaining rivets.
Steve Huber '93 K11LT, '88 R100RX
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