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    I have a Silverado with stock hard bags. Whenever i get caught in the rain the stuff in the bags gets wet. The lids do have a gasket/seal of some sort but the lids do not close tightly so i'm assuming that is why water gets in? Or maybe through the latch also, don't know. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, have you found a way to make them more water tight or completely water proof?
    2012 Road Star Silverado S

  • #2
    Take the latches off and spread a layer of clear silica sealant (gasket cement), and re-install them. On the lids, the tightness can be adjusted via some small screws and nuts on the bag side. Also, you might be able to find some of the auto door edge protectors that slip over the edge of the door. You will have to cut to fit, but attach them to the upper edge of the bag, ensuring that you run them through the curves. I did that on my '07 and it seems to work pretty well. The only drawback, IF you find those door edge protectors is finfing ones that are @ 1/4" wide, and sometimes the adhesive runs a little if you are in hot temperatures (as in Texas in the summer and 'fall'.

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    • D-Fresh
      D-Fresh commented
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      thanks boomer!

  • #3
    Adjust the latch down that is mounted to the bag itself so it pulls the latch attached to the lid down tighter.

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    • #4
      I don't believe my bags have the seal. I wondered if there was supposed to be one.

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      • #5
        The seal is in there it's just hard to see and then the rubber on the seal kind of gets mushed over the years. If you really want to keep it dry you have to replace that with a new one or a better one

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        • #6
          I get a little water in there when I wash the bike. Pretty sure I'm getting it though the latch. As mentioned the rubber seal probably gets depressions over time as well.

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          • #7
            Thanks all for the comments, will check it out.
            2012 Road Star Silverado S

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