TraX 45L Pannier Leaking after dirt nap

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by mjfields_228, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Been here awhile

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    I installed TraX Panniers on my GSA as soon as I bought it. Rode in tons and tons of rain and never had any water intrusion issues.

    Finally did some off-roading in Sept and had a lower speed layover with the bike fully loaded.

    Of course the case got all scratched and deformed and now has a few leak paths, which is unavoidable given its design.

    My question is has anyone successfully used silicone sealant to stop the leaks in their leaky TraX boxes?

    Or is it a lost cause at this point and simply use the plastic liners provided to help keep my SheeIt dry?

    Thanks
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  2. mudmullet

    mudmullet Been here awhile

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    Are you trying to patch a hole or seal a gap between the lid and the body because of the deformation?

    If the latter, I'd try to rack the box back straight-ish and get some closed cell foam weatherstripping. Cheap, replaceable, and easy to do neatly if you get some black and attach it to the lid. A little rubber cement will glue the ends together nicely without interfering with the seal.
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    mjfields_228 Been here awhile

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  4. mudmullet

    mudmullet Been here awhile

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    My experience with silicone is that it doesn't adhere very well. It'll plug a hole ok, but a little movement (another crash or some thermal expansion) and it separates from its base. Don Casey is a sailboat repair guru. Here's a writeup for different sealants that might give you something to ponder. EDIT: oh, yeah, if you go with something like this, run some masking tape on both sides of the joint you want to seal and after you've worked the stuff into the crack, remove the tape for a nice clean line.
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