Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
Novel? Watch this. Here, hold my beer.
My guess is you remove the hinge assembly and find that it's OK but that the holes in the bag are damaged or maybe incorrectly reworked after the lay down. You may be able to straighten the alignment but will it stay corrected? Probably not. The real fix may well be repairing the bags themselves. That's filler redrill and recoat. If so you might coat both bags so they look the same.
If you are right and the hinge is whacked it might be repairable on the bench or it may be able to be shimmed to be serviceable without taking a hit on aesthetics. Before I dropped three large I would try to massage it.
In the meantime, don't trust the assessment of some parts guy or me. Take it to a good auto body shop and pretty quick the guys there will be able to tell what is up.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry