Pictorial: cleaning expansion sleeve of a Vario case

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by rdwalker, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. GSgeorge

    GSgeorge Adventurer

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    Hey, those are my side cases? I bought them from rdwalker about two years ago, they still work great! I didn't know I was supposed to maintain them?
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  2. matkal

    matkal Assault Commuter

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    Is it advisable to use any lube? :evil
    Such as silicone spray on the gears and other mating/sliding surfaces.
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  3. bobbybob

    bobbybob Long timer

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    I meticulously cleaned mine and used a water based silicon spray lube, nice and slippery. Didn't help one bit! I agree with previous posters, Varios SUCK. Big time. They are crap. Mine had the buckling appearance, etc., all that weird shit you can't figure out. After using mine for 1 year I sold them (at a loss of course) and did what I shudda done in the first place. Bought Jesse's.:clap
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  4. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    NO!!! Do not use anything that will make the dust stick and cause further jamming. The only acceptable lube is dry graphite spray, IMHO.
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  5. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    Thanks to rdwalker for posting this way back in 2008! I was able to follow this pictorial to clean my cases that were really binding after an off road trip. They're still not perfect but, they never were!
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  6. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    I guess it goes without saying that these Vario bags, while great for street use and commuting, are terrible for off-road use between the dust and the damage in light tip overs. I just sold the ones I bought new on my 2014 GSW for half price ($500), and bought aluminum panniers. In a light tip over they snapped a replaceable mount off the back and became non variable. I suppose if I had to I could live with them in the fully expanded position as they seem to like in or out but not both. My friend Dave bought them and tinkered with them a bit to get them working but I do advise to our customers now to go with hard cases if they can swing it. Or soft for that matter. Regards, Chris.
    Farewell Varios, nice riding with you.......
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