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    Honda Top Box Locks
    on: Feb 07, 2017, 08.27 pm
    Feb 07, 2017, 08.27 pm
    Has any one hit this problem with the Honda supplied top box panniers. I had my bike new at the end of Nov 2016,Highlander spec.The panniers which I haven't used and collected them later on with my car along with spare seat screens etc..
    Within a few weeks the mechanism and lock barrel became harder to use, and eventually I became worried about the key because it's also the ignition key. When it went in for its first service I asked the dealer to have a look if everything was ok.
    He came into the reception area with the complete latch and lock mechanism it was totally crudded up with gritty mud that I guess is thrown up with uk winter riding,he cleaned it all up and wd40 liberally and perfect I'm happy.
    But after a few weeks riding the same thing is starting to rear it's head again,He acted that this the first time he had encountered this problem and I just don't believe that.
    Has any one else had this sort of trouble, When I looked at this I think it's a design fault, any input will be welcome.
    Cheers Owen.

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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2017, 12.48 pm
    Feb 08, 2017, 12.48 pm
    Hi Owen, I think your right as I do have a slight problem opening the back box, but after a bit of wd40 squited into the key aperture it seems to work fine again.
    I do think its a design fault that isn't going away soon.  :028: :031:
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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #2 on: Feb 09, 2017, 09.19 am
    Feb 09, 2017, 09.19 am
     :0461: she's got the filthiest back end since Barbara Windsor...Fnaar Fnaaar...(Showing my age now)
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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 2017, 11.41 am
    Feb 09, 2017, 11.41 am
    I also have had lock issues. So much so that the ignition lock got stuck a bit less than a year ago and I had to have it replaced. Had to pull the locked bike onto a truck - an experience.
    Now have 2 keys - the new one for ignition, seat and fuel, and the old one for the panniers.
    Last week the new ignition one got stubborn again. Upon Honda advice I have fed it with some wd40 and it's happy again.

    I guess the current weather may have to do with that...
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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #4 on: Feb 15, 2017, 08.07 pm
    Feb 15, 2017, 08.07 pm
    Same thing with my top case which I use on my every day commute. You gotta clean and lube it. It's not a design fault just a fact of life. Same sh#t different bike [emoji6]


     
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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #5 on: Feb 16, 2017, 10.26 pm
    Feb 16, 2017, 10.26 pm
    Thanks for all the constructive comments guy's. I fully agree that A/ You can strip it down every month/six weeks,B Keep it well flooded with WD40 which in my mind just lubricates the problem not cures it.
    Also getting home after each run looking like a Yeti.
    I have not had this problem before certainly not off my run of Varadero's,There is a problem there,The bike isn't a cheap item and i think Mr Honda has an ill designed bike here,all solvable on design and development,Why should we be expected to spend time and money solving these problems for the manufacturer.
    I am no expert perhaps a conventional mudguard fitted closely and blended in ie Carbon fibre  or Matt black/silver finish.
    But i still love the bike. :002:

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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #6 on: Feb 17, 2017, 03.59 pm
    Feb 17, 2017, 03.59 pm
    Wouldn't the WD40 attract the dirt & dust. Surely graphite powder would be a better option??

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    Re: Honda Top Box Locks
    Reply #7 on: Feb 17, 2017, 06.49 pm
    Feb 17, 2017, 06.49 pm
    As an ex lock fitter i was told the worst thing in a locking mechanism is oil grease wd40,as you say graphite powder or aerosol ok.