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Under tray lock broke. Can't get my seat off!

Old 04-06-2015, 04:18 AM
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Under tray lock broke. Can't get my seat off!

So it feels like the lock cable either broke (very unlikely) or came out of its mount. I may have not mounted it correctly when I was replacing the wiring harness.
Is there any way to get the seat off otherwise? I'm really stuck here and I really don't want to have to cut a gaping hole in the under tray to get my hand through.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:24 AM
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This happened to me once and I was able to access the lock on a hot day. First I undid as many fittings to the rear cowl plastics and then as it was a very warm day I was able to bend the seat up so I could access with a screwdriver the lock catch - viola the seat could then be removed.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:29 AM
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Thank you very much Wicky! It's only about 70F here but I'm going to give that a try.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:33 PM
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My hawk came with an old corbin seat that's pretty loose do it was actually pretty easy to remove the bolts holding the rear plastics on. Except for one which I ended breaking the mounting tab off. But it worked and I got the seat off. The locking mechanism is pretty loose as well so I had to zip tie the cable so it wouldn't come off the mount again.
I wish I could say that at least the engine is reliable but it eats a quart of oil and I still need to switch over to manual cct's.
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:27 AM
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This happened to me a few weeks ago....so I feel your pain.

Like Wicky said. .... you can pry the seat up enough to get at the 2 philips screws in the upper rear and the two cap bolts on the sides. Don't forget the two plastic push pin thingys underneath. I was able to get the cowl off enough to reach the latch cable but it was a total PITA.

The plastic end of the cable broke on mine and it popped out of position. I got a new cable and used zip ties and RTV so it will never come out again.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:06 AM
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This happened to me. It seems the road crud that sprays up gummed it up and made it fail.

I used a long very flat flathead screwdriver from the side or back. The seat latch is only a C-shaped piece of steel in a standard spring catch. You can just push in a flat screwdriver to release it.

Look on here or in the manual to visualize the catch.

After that I bought a whole new cable and latch and religiously keep it clean and lubed to avoid the very feeling of grief you are feeling right now.
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