VARIO Case(s) Falling Off?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by LaurelPerryOnLand, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Here's a little something EXTRA that I did to prevent my cases from falling off.

    DRILL a small hole through the OUTSIDE latch and the INSIDE base and insert an R CLIP through both.

    Latching mechanism can't OPEN even under the toughest conditions.

    Hope this helps.
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  2. sh2515

    sh2515 Been here awhile

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    good tip, didn't know there was a problem, new to this gs milarky
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  3. pavement pounder

    pavement pounder The road to Paradise is "UN-Paved"

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    My son has unlatched this a few times with his boots somehow but it has never seemed like they were going to fall off. In order for that to happen, I would need to snap 2 bungy cords, have the tent and duffle bag fall off, the yellow button would have to be pressed, the handle lifted, red button raised, raise the other red lever (the one that is hard to raise in the first place) then hit a big ass bump for the case to lift off it's mounts (3 mounts) perfectly squarely and simultaneously in order for the case to fall off. Unlikely that the planets would ever align that way but...

    It's a cool idea. I think I might do it.:freaky
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  4. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Or...you would simply have to be HUMAN and NOT properly latched the vario to the 'mushroom' bolt...as I (don't tell anybody) did yesterday and LOST my RH Vario! One big bump and Mr. Vario jumped ship (totally without my awareness).:evil :evil
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  5. Tin Gizel

    Tin Gizel LEGALIZE FREEDOM

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    when i bought my slightly used GS, it was missing this mushroom bolt....i foolishly thought it was for security reasons.

    they don't stay on well without that bolt......
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  6. David_Moen

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    Another tip, spend a few minutes adjusting the height of the mushroom bolt so that when you snap the latch into the locked position it seats nice and tight. Then use some blue locktite on the mushroom bolts. When I first got mine, the would loosen up over time and the bags would move around a little bit. I could see how that situation would lead to loosing them.

    Also, if you have the Vario top case, a medium sized silicone bumper pad (sold for keeping cupboard doors from banging shut) stuck to the mounting plate just aft of where the case engages with the base plate on either side will keep it from rattling.
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  7. llv24max

    llv24max n00b

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    Did not want to drill hole so I just put a bit of heavy duty tape on those latches
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  8. mistermelo

    mistermelo Adventurer

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    After riding for years with my vario top box and bags on, with no problems, I had my first issue with the top box coming off. While riding the trails here in the Oregon forests, I was about 20 miles from the start of the trailhead when the temperature, due to higher elevation, started to drop. I pulled over to get a sweater out of the top box and alas, it was gone. I remember going over some washboards and assumed that may have been where I lost it. I was pissed not only about losing the $500 box but I had a $1000 laptop and a camera in there as well. A $2000 loss didn't sit well with me. So I headed back the way I came riding at 10 mph, glancing back and forth from one side of the road to the other. However, one side was a steep drop off so if the box went that way I would never find it. After riding about 14 miles I came across a Jeep coming towards me. He waved me down and low and behold he had found the box in the road and assumed he would eventually see me on the trail ahead. Surprisingly, aside from a scratch on one corner, the box was totally intact. No dents in the aluminum cover and the box never opened. All the contents were fine. My lucky day.
    Since then, I've put a neoprene mouse pad under it to take up any slack when it's mounted and it feels much more secure. No problems since then, but when I'm riding off road I now keep an eye on it.
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  9. BMWRich

    BMWRich Away from the Libtards....

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    Absolutely.....this has been the solution since the Varios first appeared in 2004/05.
    Inter' net has a photo with measurements. Do a search.
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  10. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer Supporter

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    The relevant PDF has been posted in the HoW for several years, now...

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/100-threads-all-gs-gsa-owners-should-read.836736/

    Riding these plastic cases off-road has led to many a failure. There are various aftermarket reinforcements, straps, and supports that address the issue. One reason BMW offers a pillion bracket for the vario top case is because it is less likely to shake off from that location.
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  11. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Remember to Loc-Tite those mushroom bolts. Ask me why......
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