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Ebrfan
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 05:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The key for the seat latch gets stuck on some bikes. When it does this to remove the key it has to be turned hard counterclockwise and pulled out. What is happening is there is an L shaped bracket that is slightly bent and you are bending it back far enough for the tumblers in the lock mechanism to release the key.

The permanent fix is to remove the seat, rear tail section plastics, and the black plastic section that holds the lock and latch assembly. The L shaped bracket needs to be bent back to a 90 angle, or slightly more for springing purposes. This puts a proper gap between the lock mechanism and the cable sheath. I also trimmed 1/8" off from the front of the cable sheath with a razor blade to ensure there is always going to be enough room for the cable to operate properly.





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M1combat
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thank you : )
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Dannybuell
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This makes me very curious, mine may be getting that way! Is the sheath the bushing part that rests in the properly positioned slotted bracket?
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Terrys1980
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sheath is the black jacket.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 12:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Looks to me that the L-bracket is too weak and should be replaced with something stronger.

It will only bend back after several unlocks and ultimately break.

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Ebrfan
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 - 05:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Terry, the tip of the grey plastic piece is what I trimmed with a razor blade to gain a bit more clearance.

Zac, it appears that the tab will hold once bent properly, but a small brace welded to it would definitely stop it from bending ever again.
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