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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Damaged LT Side Box

So I was cruising through traffic the other day and my side box hit the bumper of a car parked in traffic - just enough force to break the tab off the side box (2017 LT platinum version).

There was no damage to the car bumper, however, the box is now broken.

Wondering if anyone has run into this issue. I have reached out to Kawasaki and Givi - neither one of them seem to be able to do anything.

Been thinking about trying to find a plastic welder to weld the broken piece back on to the box (it was a clean break).

Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 02:46 PM
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Thats one of the reasons i took my side cases off the day i brought my V-1000LT home and just use a top case unless I'm going on a trip and the side cases will be needed. Those things are just too pricey for plastic....



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Ouch!

I don't know anything about welding plastic, but it sounds like a good idea. Also, some adhesives can be stronger than the original material. A good epoxy might do the trick. The Rube Goldberg in me would try drilling it and fitting a bolt, maybe even threading the plastic for the bolt, and then use a good epoxy.

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JB Weld will be able to fix that. And don't get the plastic weld, get the original stuff. In my experience, it works WAY better than any epoxy I've found. https://www.jbweld.com/collections/e...weld-twin-tube

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I can't see your photos, but if there is room, I would drill a couple small holes in the tab and case and put a couple small steel cylinders (solid wire) in there for strength.

This is one area where Harley surpasses the Japanese manufacturers. I have a parts book for my Harley and can order any piece part for the bike. Kawasaki would probably make you buy an entire set of bags.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-08-2017, 10:38 AM
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Use Epoxy for plastic. check the link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Y3LHXW...a-320192516791
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You might find this video interesting.


Epoxy glue is your friend but I also find this stuff is amazing

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This is probably the route I will take, JB weld it on and then add the steel cylinders for reinforcement.

And yes... kawa said I'd have to buy entire new set, can't even replace the broken box.
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...And yes... kawa said I'd have to buy entire new set, can't even replace the broken box.
Take a look on Ebay or Craigslist for one.

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Go to an auto body shop and get some of the plastic epoxy they use to repair automobile plastic bumpers etc......works better than JB Weld which is rigid/brittle.
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