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Trunk Lid Alignment
Written by johnhawleyjr on 8/7/2012 at 11:28 am

I have noticed on several PC800s that the trunk lid does not seem to align
properly when fully closed. For example: Center stand the bike (or even on the
side stand), close the trunk as usual and notice the gap between where the trunk
lid and the trunk bottom come together. If you have a black/silver bike this is
where the black lid and silver bottom meet. I notice that the right hand side
has a defined gap that is uneven where as the left side does not. This right
hand gap is uneven looking from front to back. The front (close to the middle of
the bike) has a normal gap of 1/8in or so. The back portion that is near the
tail light may have a gap of 1/4 - 3/8in. It looks as though the trunk lid is
not getting fully seated at the tail light area thus creating a larger gap in
the body panels. The left hand side does not have the issue as the gap is even
across the section.

Looking at the bike from the rear the gap is not noticeable as looking where the
trunk lid and tail light meet.

I have noticed this on several bikes neither which had been dropped, layed-down
or rear-ended. The alignment issue seems to always be on the right hand side.
The trunk lid closes properly and there are no squeaks when riding. Of the bikes
I have seen with this issue, none have had a givi top case attached. There is no
free play when pushing down on the trunk lid. Meaning, I cannot force the right
side down any further by pressing on the lid. All the trunk weather gaskets are
in place.

Is there any adjustment to correct this?
What may be the cause?
What may be the fix? Is the bottom panel out of kilter?

If I could figure out how to post a photo on this site I have two examples from
my bike and a friends.
Thanks in advance,
John

Message Thread for message #115540

johnhawleyjr
8/7/2012, 11:28 am
Trunk Lid Alignment
I have noticed on several PC800s that the trunk lid does not seem to align properly when fully closed. For example: Center stand the bike (or even on the side stand), close the trunk as usual and notice the gap between where the trunk lid and

    johnhawleyjr
    8/7/2012, 11:37 am
    Trunk Lid Alignment
    I added two photos for viewing. One shows my bike and one shows a bike with the gap. http://groups.yahoo.com/grou

    unlikelylogi...
    8/7/2012, 02:28 pm
    Trunk Lid Alignment
    John, I've always assumed that the trunk lid frame gets tweaked a little when it is open while the bike is on the sidestand. Add a seat bag or duffle tied on, or a Givi style trunk, and it has a funny side load that it wasn't designed for

      bj66skidaddler
      8/7/2012, 04:25 pm
      Trunk Lid Alignment
      My 89 has the same gap on the right side. --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "unlikelyloginname" <unlikelyloginname@

        cgeorget
        8/7/2012, 06:50 pm
        Trunk Lid Alignment
        so I run outside to look at mine .... a 95 and sure enough the gap is there and only on the right side any know adjustments ?? Claude Georget --- In

          yankeesmuggler
          8/7/2012, 07:00 pm
          Trunk Lid Alignment
          I have a 1998 and I have no gap. It must be just one of another of the many improvements Honda made in the last two years of production. Tim Davies Seneca Falls, NY YankeeSmuggler II 1998 Sent from my iPhone 4S???? On

            tonyclifford...
            8/8/2012, 02:13 am
            Trunk Lid Alignment
            I to have the gap on the right side. If anyone finds a way to fix it let us know Tony. 95 PC Black Ice --- In ipcrc@yaho

              bj66skidaddler
              8/8/2012, 04:44 pm
              Trunk Lid Alignment
              I looked mine over pretty good and do not see any reason for it to have a gap. No slot for the upper trunk to mount to the frame work for adjustment nor the bottom. Guess it is what it is. --- In

                bj66skidaddler
                8/8/2012, 04:51 pm
                Trunk Lid Alignment
                Follow up on the 89. My vin # is JH2RC340 making it an American made PC, maybe that is the problem but I doubt it. Which other PC's with the gap on thee right have the RC340 in the vin #? --- In

                  yankeesmuggler
                  8/8/2012, 05:12 pm
                  Trunk Lid Alignment
                  RC340 here with no gap. I tell you it's a fix they made along with all the other style and performance enhancements to the 97-98 model years. Tim Davies Seneca Falls, NY YankeeSmuggler II 1998 Sent from my iPhone 4S???? O

                  obijuanak
                  8/8/2012, 05:13 pm
                  Trunk Lid Alignment
                  On Aug 8, 2012, at 08:51 , PolCat wrote: > Follow up on the 89. My vin # is JH2RC340 making it an American made PC, maybe that is the problem but I doubt it. Which other PC's with the gap on thee right have the RC340 in the vin #?

                goldwingman40
                8/8/2012, 05:35 pm
                Trunk Lid Alignment
                Tony, Might be the rubber bumpers out of adjustment. They are not to pop the trunk with but to provige no rattle when closed. If the right one is too high it could cause the gap. Fred --- In