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post #1 of 188 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hard bag theft prevention

Been readin alot about this lately and don't recall seein this anywhere here. Apparently they use screwdriver and pop the pin behind the saddlebag and walk away with ur bags, whether the bags are locked or not!! Heres a quote from another forum:

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Had five friends lose their hard bags to thieves last night at a restaurant. We heard that the boom in saddlebag speaker systems has created a demand for hard bags by theft rings. Most of the bags were locked. Anybody hear of similar crimes? How do they get the bags off so easily and quickly? Anyone found a foolproof way of making sure they can't be stolen. My Road King Classic was spared, apparently because the leather bags are not in as high a demand.
I've been puttin off getting this but i'll be gettin this kit by the end of the week for sure!!-------> Secures Harley Touring Bike Saddlebags from being Stolen or Flying Off while traveling down the road.

They also offer a seat lock!!
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U can make this kit for cheaper at ur local hardware store but i'm just gettin the brukus kit, cheap insurance!!

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post #2 of 188 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 12:39 AM
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fuggin theives, hate em. heard of a few tour pacs being taken as well. someone needs some 230 gr. x 7
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if you go to lowes/home depot you can buy the same stuff to make your saddlebags theft proof for a fraction of the cost. i did and used all stainless hardware.oooppsss sorry missed the last line in your post. the brukus stuff is nice but a little pricey ,just my opinion.

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If you can snap the wire with a screwdriver the pin stays with the bag. If you put a bolt thru with the nut inside the bag with big washer...it's now locked to your bike. Your choice on the style of bolt. You may need to remove that wire. Some guys just use ONE bolt forward mount of bag so the cant pop off going down the road, but I just imagined a disappointed thief realizing that and trying to tear the bag off. Might as well swap out both pins. Perhaps a wing nut or similar so owner removal is easier for cleaning bike. I have yet to do this myself... It's now on my mind again.
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Ya, the Brukus stuff is pricy for a couple of bolts....
A stainless he bolt with nylon nuts works fine..
I took only the back ones off each bag. popped the clip and replaced with the bolts. The nylon makes it so even if they do get a wrench on it it will turn the bolt as well (given you have the bags locked and they can't get at the hex bolt).
But even so, what are the chances that they have a hex wrench and a 1/2 inch wrench? slim to none...
I just keep a hex key and wrench in one of the bags in case I need to take it off on the road. You got to keep the saddlebags locked though! Just like locking your doors on your car.
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Thanks for the heads up guys. I didn't realize there was this big of a problem. Guess I need to do something about it.

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those fender nuts or what ever their called like in the brukus kit are only like $.62 each. i went with 4 of them and 4 stainless button head bolts. ill keep 2 allen wrenches in my tool kit.why 2 you ask cause when my dum ass drops one and or looses one in a shity spot i have a spare ahh you say not so dumb after all
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those fender nuts or what ever their called like in the brukus kit are only like $.62 each. i went with 4 of them and 4 stainless button head bolts. ill keep 2 allen wrenches in my tool kit.why 2 you ask cause when my dum ass drops one and or looses one in a shity spot i have a spare ahh you say not so dumb after all
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Bought the clip nuts at the local hardware store and related cap screws and keep a short 1/2 " wrench in my windshield bag to remove them with. How many times do you actually have to take off the bags anyway?
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