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cable broken, trunk opened!
Written by macjohno on 9/24/2011 at 04:20 pm

Yes, you're right as usual, Fred, I've heard you before discourse about the
latch/piston/cable adjustment issues and have taken them to heart.
Removing the old cable and rethreading the new one of course means taking off
the rear cowl. Pull out the rubber gasket from the underside of the trunk lid,
remove the 14 (12 on '89s) self-tapping screws, making SURE that the shorter
(just by a little, it's hard to see the difference so keep them separate) screws
go into the corner of the "L" pattern on either side. On mine there are white
plastic washers on those two.
I cut slits into the foam gaskets on top, not wanting to replace them, and the
cowl pulls off at the front first, by spreading the sides away from the seat
bolt holes and up, then sliding it down and rearward to disengage the bottom,
which has interlocking tabs. Carefully.

--- In, "goldwingman40" <goldwingman@...> wrote:
> John,
> I think much of the problem with broken trunk latch cables and broken latches
is caused by owners who want the trunk to pop up when they pull the lever by
adjusting the rubber bumpers up TOO high or adding the springs sold on ebay.
This makes it harder to open the latches and much more strain on the cables.
When I pull my lever, set stock when the bike came out of the crate in 1992,
there is no resistance to speak of and then I have to hold the lever and lift
the trunk or it just relatches if the lever is released. Being lazy costs $ and
> Fred
> --- In, "Macjohno" <macjohno@> wrote:
> >
> > I figured it out and got my trunk opened this morning with the cable broken.
I took off the back seat, and saw that the cable actually operates two separate
latches, one at the top, easily accessible with your fingers, and, shining a
flashlight down the back hollow, I saw the lower cable end and latch. I threaded
a long 1/8" diameter rod down and bore against the latch with my right hand
while pinching the top latch with my left hand. Voila! Trunk popped open.
> > I hope this will help others in the same situation.
> > JohnO in NashVegas
> >

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