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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 9th, 2013, 6:03 am Thread Starter
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Replace Trunk Latch

Dang,
I have had other LT owners comment on the fact that I had not yet replaced the Trunk Latch mechanism. Well, it is now a must do, as it broke today. I noticed over the last couple of days that it operated with a little resistance.

Today I ordered the replacement from the US with the advise from a fellow member who has done this in the past. If only the dollar exchange rate was better.

Still have to do the EBC rear disc {getting bloody noisy} and looking locally for a seat upgrade. Oh well, worth it when I get out on the road and begin smiling.

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post #2 of 12 Old Sep 9th, 2013, 4:40 pm
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Brian, too late on the trunk latch, never mind. As for the rear brake disc, if it's still well within the wear limit, take it off and get some Hi Temp Silastic (Loctite Red High Temp RTV, code 59675) and inject it around the bushings, you'll see that every second one has a large radial clearance. trim the nozzle so it's small and you can get the silicon to travel right around. Wipe off the excess and allow to cure laying on the bench for a couple of days (not you, the disc). Worked a treat for me, and it'll buy you some time till the pain from the trunk latch subsides

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Ouch, sorry to hear you got bit by this one, Brian. At least our dollar is going back up slightly at the moment.

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Hey Brian I have my old rotor if you want to do what Dennis suggested.

Trunk latch is just a matter of when it breaks. You can (as Dennis has done) get the kit to fix it before it breaks (cheap option) or do it the hard way as most of us have done

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I'm not 100% certain, but I think once the original latch has broken you need the full replacement kit, others may have more info though. The trunklatch kits are reallly smick though, you end up with something that feels really positive when you latch it. 1 tip - always keep the linkages lubed and a little grease on the under-side of the latch pins inside the case itself. Just don't get the grease on your wife's clothes when packing
As for the rear disc, mine was only just beginning to rattle occassionaly, so the silastic fix may not work if it's too far gone, but probably still worth a try.

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post #6 of 12 Old Sep 12th, 2013, 6:27 am Thread Starter
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HI Greg,
How about I conduct a trial. With your unit I can try Dennis method, and whilst off I can try other options I have seen on the forum on my unit. At the end of the day, I will more than likely end up with the EBC fix. But would be interesting to trial the difference.

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1 tip - always keep the linkages lubed and a little grease on the under-side of the latch pins inside the case itself.
Would WD40 work or do I need to use something else?


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mine broke years ago its ok to lube the mechanism but the real secret is to relieve the pressure from the locking hook things if the latch is hard to close, relieve some pressure by filing a bit of the hooks ad a dab of petroleum jelly to the pins if you want, and I always push down on the lid when locking
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HI Greg,
How about I conduct a trial. With your unit I can try Dennis method, and whilst off I can try other options I have seen on the forum on my unit. At the end of the day, I will more than likely end up with the EBC fix. But would be interesting to trial the difference.

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Give us a call mate. I can drop it over or you can pick it up. I'm up at Port Stephens this weekend.

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Here is an update on the replacement of the trunk latch.

The unit arrived last Tuesday. To make the whole job easier, I removed the entire trunk and took up residence in the rear room of the house. Started the job on Wednesday evening and completed it by midday Thursday. For once in my life I took my time.

The unit that arrived, CD instructions and assorted bolts, was nothing short of BRILLIANT. I slowly stepped my way through the job without 1 hiccup. I tip my hat to Evan for the design and workmanship put into this unit.

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well done mate, and i can assure you it will never break again

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.... but the coating/paint might crack up a little.... mine did that after a while, only noticeable if you look closely though.
Wrote to Evan to let him know about it.. he offered to repaint if I shipped to him, but I couldn't stand pulling it apart again, never mind the shipping costs

Enjoy your new latch :-)

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