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I went out tonight to take my son to baseball practice and we were taking the bike. Well I lifted the rear trunk and I noticed a crack in the upper left hand corner. (See attached pic)

It all looks riveted in and not screwed although I feel like I am! My question is, can I replace the latch without replacing the entire trunk?
 

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I am new to the forum so I did not search before I posted. Now that I have calmed down, I did a search and found my answer. Thanks.
 

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You can actually fix that.

Go to you hardware store and find an expoxy called Plastic Weld... Nothing else will do.
Plastic Weld is the hardest compound for doing plastic repairs.

You will need latex gloves, blue painters tape and a can of truck bed liner.

Remove the latch.
Put the tape on the front of the latch.
Flip the latch.
Mix a small amount of Plastic Weld and apply it to the latch on the sticky side of the tape.
Try to form it to the original shape of the latch.
If one application doesn't get it close you can always add more Plastic Weld.

After about ten minutes hardening time you can peel the tape and take a knife and shape the edges.
Sand the fron to match the existing latch.

Finally spray the latch with a coat of Truck Bed Liner to hide the patch.

Your repair should be much stronger than original.

I use Plastic Weld for everything.
 

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+1 on the Plastic Weld............even comes in a couple of different colors.........I like to carry it with my tool roll and Duct tape on trips................ :cool:
 

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You can actually fix that.
Just to ask a stupid question, are you glueing the broken off corner back or are you "creating" a new corner made out of the plastic weld ?

If glueing will it be strong enough to work the latch ?
 

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There are at least two forum members that sell trunk latch repair kits based on a billet replacement latch handle. I used one of them (LTtrunklatch.com) but I believe the other member is a little less expensive and quality appears to be equivalent. If you go for the new latch, it's a nice piece even if a little pricey - but well worth it in the end.

I am not a big fan of bonded repairs to items that take a lot of stress.
 

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I assumed that the corner is lost...

Plastic Weld is far better than JB Weld.
My experience with JB Weld is that it takes to long to cure and it is more for metal patching than plastic.

Plastic Weld is instantanious. I can fabricate parts with Plastic Weld very quickly by forming it while it dries, then taking a dremmel to smooth the rough edges.


If glueing will it be strong enough to work the latch ?
It will be very strong.
If he has the corner, I would make some cuts on the back of the peice and the latch to give the Plastic Weld more to grab.
Then apply it in a even layer.
You can not beleive how strong this stuff is.

Key notes:
Always wear gloves.
Do not get Plastic Weld on anything that you value. It does not just come off once hardened.

I once use a Craftsman screwdriver to mix with. Working with the Weld, I forgot about wiping off the screwdriver.
Needless to say I can not scrap the Plstic Weld off of the tip.

Plastic Weld is impressive.
It uses a bond similar to PVC cement where it melts into the existing polymer.
More of a chemical reaction that includes a superhard plastic product.

I did not know that it came in colors.

I usually buy at Harbor Freight fo like 3.00.

I feel it is worth spending an hour to rebuild the latch, before spending any additional money on it...

Resale of an LT is not profitable, so you might as well ride it and maintain it without dumping gobs of money at it.
 

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tankman1001 said:
I went out tonight to take my son to baseball practice and we were taking the bike. Well I lifted the rear trunk and I noticed a crack in the upper left hand corner. (See attached pic)

It all looks riveted in and not screwed although I feel like I am! My question is, can I replace the latch without replacing the entire trunk?
Go lttrunklatch.com I just replaced my latch with this Evan Guy makes a new latch that will not break .
 
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