Gobi side case has over-hinge rubber disintegrating

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by kizniche, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. kizniche

    kizniche pyro

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    This disintegrating is happening to the rubber piece that covers the hinge, which is attached to the outer lid and main box by 10 screws and two metal plates.

    I have been fruitless in my attempts at turning up a part number or a dealer of a replacement. I'm sure I can find a suitable alternative at a hardware store, but I'd like to get some input, such as problems I might encounter (UV deterioration, etc.)

    Has anyone else had this problem? What was your solution?
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  2. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    Yeah, mine are completely shagged. (2005.5)

    I'm considering cutting up some old tubes as a start. Haven't thought this all the way through. (Except for saving up for Caribou cases!)
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  3. stickysidedown

    stickysidedown Been here awhile

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    I would do nothing, I bought an 03 bike in 2006 that came with gobis, no rubber there just the chainmail hinge that was left, now still happily using them on my 2008 adventure, still just as strong and waterproof as ever.

    Trying to make panniers aesthetically pleasing is liking sticking racing spoilers and 'phat' rims on a volvo estate IMO, havent yet discovered the point of the rubber flappy bit

    (but the stuff they use to make inflatable dinghys would probably be pretty good and comes in grey too)
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  4. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    Is there a metallic hinge underneath the rubber flap ?
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  5. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Hmmm, my rubber is ok, but I'm not sure there is any metal hinge underneath. Mine looks like the lid is part of the base, and some plastic that was molded with the case is the hinge. Can others confirm.
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  6. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    I've seen them both ways, chain mail and "rubber". The lids are moulded with the body. The chainmail is a bit more secure in that the hinge can't be cut with a knife.

    [​IMG]
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  7. kizniche

    kizniche pyro

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    My cases don't have chain mail but that does sound like a good alternative to the rubber. I see the bare plastic hinge as a simple way to breach security.

    Has anyone found a source for the stock chain mail that's used?
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  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Does anyone have a "treatment" recommendation to apply to the rubber to keep it from disintegrating?

    Rubber treatment = KY? :lol3
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  9. ChR1s

    ChR1s Spherical Bastard

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  10. kizniche

    kizniche pyro

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    Thanks for the find! If that's the rubber piece, that's a steep price for just one.

    I suppose I'll be on the prowl for suitable chain mail (anyone have a part# or can check their piece for one?).

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  11. mommer

    mommer bring on the world!!!!

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    we used 303 for rafts.. it is a conditioner and uv protectant.. it shure would be good to have some.. (local rafting shops in denver? down river equipment?):dunno
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  12. kizniche

    kizniche pyro

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    It's been a while since these were made, but I'd like to have closure to this thread in some sense.

    On August 16th, in preparation for my trip (see signature), I stop at Craig's Custom Canvas in Delray Beach, FL. I tell him the dimensions, and after going over material options, he sews them up in about 15 minutes. He even decides not to charge me, after hearing of my upcoming trip. They're still holding up after almost 4 months and 10,000 miles. Check out the quality for yourself.

    Note: These photos were taken just after the covers were made.

    <img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RZW5mFRH__E/TGmSFyuy0BI/AAAAAAAABzs/ZTAhNASVhwE/s800/IMGP0249.JPG">

    <img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RZW5mFRH__E/TGmSIXoNlGI/AAAAAAAAB0U/Oq1e2iuprWU/s800/IMGP0252.JPG">

    <img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RZW5mFRH__E/TGmSHkovEmI/AAAAAAAABzw/Rlvvg9e087U/s800/IMGP0251.JPG">
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  13. PABiker

    PABiker Anywhere but here

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    Very nice.
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  14. Dusty

    Dusty Long timer

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    Thanks for the update... and the RR link.

    Looks like an interesting trip, I will be taking a look thru it. Looks like your almost home safe.
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  15. motoree

    motoree Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]I got this from home depot for $2.09 Sf. I should have done it Vertical. <CENTER>

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  16. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    My dealer said the rubber is the only thing you can't order from H&B.



    And what is it?
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  17. jackariah

    jackariah Been here awhile

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    My left gobi's little black lever that you swing down to hold the lid open is broken.

    Any ideas on who to fix this or where to get a replacement part? It wouldn't be so bad if it was on the right side as it would likely stay open when on the kick stand, but the left one falls closed.

    Anyway... thanks
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  18. motoree

    motoree Been here awhile

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    It's a rubber floor covering in carpet section sold by foot. You should get 2 feet to match factory pattern...................:freaky





    And what is it?[/QUOTE]
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  19. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks to the posts --a quick fix. I note that H and B want $40 and KTM $15 for the same part!--but my fix is still cheaper!

    The stainless eyes are from a yacht chandler--and bolt through--better than a rivet!
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  20. Mr_Snips

    Mr_Snips Husky BRAAAAAAAAP!

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    I made my own out of 1000 denier nylon
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