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I've noticed that my saddlebags rattle when I go over rough road. Is this normal or should I be looking for something? I'm assuming its the lids because everything seems tight. And yes, I checked them when they were empty.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 02:23 PM
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It's normal.... the saddle bag sits on 2 pedestals that are mounted on the muffler. The bags do have some movement so any good bump will make a rattle. Just be sure that both of the locking pins inside the bag are fully engaged.
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+1 on the dzus pins.

Also you can get rid of lid rattles by making sure your gaskets are in place (the double stick tape sucks) and adjusting the chunk of gasket material near your latch; pull it out a little and check to make sure it still latches - repeat until satisfied.

Some have reported the bags rattling on the hinge side. If yours does this buy some cheap waxed dental floss. Wrap the floss in between the bag half of the hinges and the lid half. Pull into the gaps each time you wrap. No need to tie the floss just snip the ends on the inside of the bags. If you do it right nobody will see it unless you point it out.

Anybody own a Wrangler? The floss trick will cut down hood shake on the highway; a lot of wraps works best but it's harder to hide the floss.

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+1 on the dzus pins.

Some have reported the bags rattling on the hinge side. If yours does this buy some cheap waxed dental floss. Wrap the floss in between the bag half of the hinges and the lid half. Pull into the gaps each time you wrap. No need to tie the floss just snip the ends on the inside of the bags. If you do it right nobody will see it unless you point it out.

Anybody own a Wrangler? The floss trick will cut down hood shake on the highway; a lot of wraps works best but it's harder to hide the floss.
Excellent tip Ammo_umb!

You can also use some 1/2' foam/rubber tape on the existing rubber by the latch. You will see the area where it hits. The idea is to build it up so you take the play out of the lid; if that's what is rattling.

If it's the entire bag moving up and down then there's another good reason to go with the Brukus Saddlebag Secure kit. You can also go to a hardware store and get a cheaper set of bolts and clips but the Brukus kit is stainless steel and machined for the XC/XR bags.

Here's another...see how easy it is to steal an X bike saddlebag.

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Thanks a lot for the tips and the heads up on how easy it is to steal these bags. I would have never thought of that! As for mine, they seem to be rattling from the hinges so I will have to try the floos trick. Thanks again for the advice everyone!

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It sounds weird but it really works! If possible find the thickest waxed floss you can get. The thin stuff works well but it wears quickly; you'll probably have to add more monthly - the thick stuff is more like 3 months.

Leftover floss can be used to cut off your reflectors and/or tank badges. You could take the normal approach and use it to clean your teeth but aren't "bikers" supposed to have bad teeth? Or is that pirates?

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Well I decided to order the Brukus kit today. Seems like cheap insurance for $1000 saddlebags. Thanks for the tip BBob!

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