Broken Tourpak Latch

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Porter, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Porter

    Porter Junior Member

    534
    28
    4
    Noticed yesterday that the rear most latch on my tourpak was broken. Cracked on one side.

    Went to a dealer and they had only one in stock: $10
    I don't know if I got a mis-manufactured model or this is how they come, but the holes for attaching the screws were not threaded. Luckily I had a 6-32 thread tap at home or I would have been really frustrated.

    I will now open every package in the store and inspect every part before purchase.
     
  2. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

    1,315
    0
    1
    memory servs the screw makes the threads....its been a while since i bought one...
     
  3. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    4,630
    68
    99
    That is the way they come (untapped). The screws are self-tapping in the soft metal. These are very cheap clasps. I have gone through about half a dozen on my '03 UC. If the lid accidently drops on the clasp when closed, POOF! New one needed.

    TQ
     
  4. Porter

    Porter Junior Member

    534
    28
    4
    What a terrible design.
    The screws (from the broken latch) were standard. Typically I have seen screws that have a little notch at the tip to help cut the threads. Trying to do this with a plain screw and a T-15 torx bit (I dislike torx incredibly), you are just asking for stripping the head, the threads or both. Then you have to back it out for lok-tite...

    I appreciate the replies. Nice to know this was done on purpose..:p
     
  5. gusotto

    gusotto Junior Member

    597
    38
    11
    I've replaced two latches on my '07.
    Yes, the screws are self-threading into a soft metal.

    If you only paid $10, you were lucky.
    I paid almost $17 each at two different dealerships.

    Lose the latch and you are in danger of losing the lid.

    I carry an extra latch, just in case.
     
  6. lasvegasrick

    lasvegasrick Member

    13
    0
    0
    a dude in florada has great latches,made with better metal..he is on ebay
     
  7. Fossil

    Fossil Active Member

    335
    28
    1
    The latches are right off of those aluminum instrument/camera cases. They were never meant for motorcyle use. One way to make them last longer is to lock your tour pack. Less strain on the latches.
     
  8. rodburner

    rodburner Member

    5
    1
    0
    Owner of local HD shop told me he used to stick the tip of a glove or something out the lid between the latches while closed , i tried this, after having both break in 2 days ,after replacing and it seems to help. read elsewhere that this happens while riding solo,the wind gets under her backrest and lifts the tourpac ,dont understand really how locking helps ...the lid still lifts about 3/8 " ,but i do it anyway????:D:D:D
     
  9. ultradoc

    ultradoc Active Member

    288
    0
    0
    Guess I have been lucky. Never had a problem with mine [yet]
     
  10. kmoulds

    kmoulds Member

    5
    11
    0
    Gid day

    I have an 03 Ultra and I've gone through too many of these latches to remeber. The metal used is not up to motorcycle standard and her in Oz they cost aobut $25 to $30 depending on the value of the U.S. $ at the time. I complain about their quality to the dealer every time I have to buy one but nothing has been done about them.

    Cheers
    Kym
    Sydney -AUSTRALIA:(