I have the Cross Country Saddlebags for my Spyder F3-S. As I wrote in my F3 Report I hated the locking mechanism. The key inserts were difficult to get a key into, they didn’t turn and latch well and I was annoyed in how the keyholes were not aligned with each other when in the same mode (locked or unlocked). I solved this by replacing them with 5/8″ Combi-Cam Locks. These solved all of the problems and eliminated the need for a key altogether. They come in either a chrome or black finish and have 4 different configurations- 3 number, 4 number or either with an added key override. I went with the simplest- the 3 number lock in chrome finish. I would have to say the chrome finish is not as buff shine and the rest of the chrome on my Spyder and if I had to do it over I would have chosen the black locks. Still, I am very happy with the locks.
Installation took about 5 minutes total and only required a screwdriver and pliers. I removed the latch from the existing bag locks by removing the screw at the base of the lock. Set these aside as they will be reused. I then used the pliers to loosen the nut holding the lock cam in the bag. The can then pushes up and out from the bags. The Combi-Cam then slides into the opening with the included spacer washer being placed on the cam first. This will bite down into the bag and become a spacer between the lock head and the bag so it turns freely. I then placed the securing nut and tighten with pliers. To the end of the cam I secured the latch taken off the old lock and the install was complete. It should be mentioned that the latch arm hole is a bit larger than the cam square. I used a few drops of lock tite and it does not seem to be an issue. Do the opposite bag the same and you are done.
The Combi-Cams do not come with instructions which are only needed to set the lock combinations. A quick search on the net results in a YouTube video showing you the simple process. While the lock is unlocked at the default all 0’s you insert a pin in the set hole and turn the numbers to your new unlock code; pull out the pin and the new combination is set.
I’ve been asked of other replacement cam locks will work. As long as they are 5/8″ cam length and have a similar head to hold the existing latch arm they are good. Most of the cam locks I’ve seen do not have the shutter eye of the original locks so they may not withstand the same exposure but I can’t say. I welcome peoples comments and experience.