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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-16-2016, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Having come from a Burgman 650, and its easy access albeit non-lockable front "glove boxes", I'm happy to have the locks on the front boxes on my Voyager.

That said, however, am I the only one that finds it utterly ridiculous that I have to use the key EVERY time I want to open the darn things?

Why couldn't Kawasaki put something like these on the doors:

2X Push Button Latch Replacement Keys for Motorcycle Boat Door Gloveboxes Lock | eBay

From what I measured, those would fit from a diameter perspective, but those small handles are seemingly incompatible with the countersunk nature of the existing locks. That said, I'd consider a 3D printed filler ring to allow the lock to sit flush when used with the finger pull. I'm just not so kosher on with having to use a different key...

Style-wise perhaps these would be a better fit? More of a circular lock, without the finger pulls. That one mainly concerns me that opening while wearing gloves would be difficult.

Anyone swapped these out before? Thoughts?

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It would be nice to have something like the latches you've shown. Because of having to use the key every time, I choose not to use them at all.
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OP, I agree. I wish the latch was designed where you could open it without a key. Let me know if you find a solution.

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Skidmark, if you get those latches in your first link, and they work, let us know!

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Didn't someone in here last year replace theirs with push button latches?

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Found them slightly cheaper and will give it a try
2X Push Button Latch Replacement Keys for Motorcycle Boat Door Gloveboxes Lock | eBay

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I hope they will work but the lock doesn't look like it operates the same way as the original. Are you planning on modifying something? Anxious to see how it works.

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A couple years go I saw a thread on here were he had extra keys made and cut the off just before they get wider and epoxied these into stereo knobs. He the left these in the locks when riding and removed when he parked. This way he was able to maintain the factory locks and had quick access to the contents when stopped at redlight or stop sign without digging in pockets for his keys. Will see if I can find link for it.

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Its an old post, and the poster has deleted the pictures, but read it and you should get the idea. https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/5...-knob-job.html

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Having come from a Burgman 650, and its easy access albeit non-lockable front "glove boxes", I'm happy to have the locks on the front boxes on my Voyager.

That said, however, am I the only one that finds it utterly ridiculous that I have to use the key EVERY time I want to open the darn things?

Why couldn't Kawasaki put something like these on the doors:

2X Push Button Latch Replacement Keys for Motorcycle Boat Door Gloveboxes Lock | eBay

From what I measured, those would fit from a diameter perspective, but those small handles are seemingly incompatible with the countersunk nature of the existing locks. That said, I'd consider a 3D printed filler ring to allow the lock to sit flush when used with the finger pull. I'm just not so kosher on with having to use a different key...

Style-wise perhaps these would be a better fit? More of a circular lock, without the finger pulls. That one mainly concerns me that opening while wearing gloves would be difficult.

Anyone swapped these out before? Thoughts?
It definitely would have been nice to have something different with an unlocked option for sure. I have the ipod kit in the left side box and I figured since it's locked all the time anyways, that's where I put the switch to turn my fan on so I'm another one who doesn't use them unfortunately

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