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    Swapping GSA pannier locks

    I recently moved the sidecar from a 2010 GSA to a 2012. Iíd like the 2010 panniers and topcase (with all my stickers and reflective tape) to go onto the new bike as well. There are several threads on rekeying, but theyíre pretty old and the links to pictorials donít work anymore. From the written descriptions is sounds like...

    Insert the key with the lock open, turn the key horizontal, depress the last key on the inside end of the cylinder and gently extract the entire cylinder. Do the same with the corresponding lock on the other bike. Take care not to let gravity suck the keys out of the cylinders.

    Insert the old cylinder into the new piece of luggage until what..? Does the last key pop into place on its own, then I simply turn the key vertical and pull it out? Or is there a step I missed?

    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    I recently moved the sidecar from a 2010 GSA to a 2012. Iíd like the 2010 panniers and topcase (with all my stickers and reflective tape) to go onto the new bike as well. There are several threads on rekeying, but theyíre pretty old and the links to pictorials donít work anymore. From the written descriptions is sounds like...

    Insert the key with the lock open, turn the key horizontal, depress the last key on the inside end of the cylinder and gently extract the entire cylinder. Do the same with the corresponding lock on the other bike. Take care not to let gravity suck the keys out of the cylinders.

    Insert the old cylinder into the new piece of luggage until what..? Does the last key pop into place on its own, then I simply turn the key vertical and pull it out? Or is there a step I missed?

    Pete
    Hi Pete,

    I just swapped cylinders between a 49 liter and 28 liter topcase. While access to release the locking wafer is different between these and the GS luggage, your description of the process seems accurate to me. To put the cylinder back in, maintain the exact same orientation as the removal (EG if release wafer is at 3 o'clock as the cylinder is removed, it needs to be oriented the same as cylinder is inserted. You'll need to carefully press the release wafer down - like with a small screwdriver - as you insert the cylinder. You then simply push it all the way in - the locking wafer engages as the cylinder is pressed all the way into the hole. Then you're done.

    On my topcases, the biggest challenge by far was removal - due the the extremely limited line of sight and access to the release areas inside the cases. Indeed, I finally took the 28 liter case apart, so I could see what I was doing. On the 49 liter case, I used the other method of inserting a bent paper clip inside the cylinder and carefully engaging and pressing the locking wafer down. Regardless of the method - this is one of the most challenging processes I've experienced while working on BMWs.

    Good Luck!

    Rocky

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