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post #1 of 5 Old 03-15-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Givi PL3101 sidebag rack problem

Think of this as a sanity check. I tried to install PL3101's on my 2013 650. The left rack is fine, but I have a problem with the right rack. I had a Givi rack on my '06, so I'm familiar with a less than perfect fit. This is not a mere tolerance issue nor can I see any shipping damage. The rack does not clear the shields on the exhaust system and I can see no way to mount it. I think that Givi mis-labeled the rack but the vendor is skeptical and reluctant to pay for return shipping.

If you look at the picture:
- The bottom of the rack is loosely attached with a dowel rod and a zip tie
- The top is tied with white string to bolts in the holes where the rack is supposed to attach
- Note that the rack contacts the exhaust system and that the bag mounting plane is nowhere near vertical.

Am I missing something obvious? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-15-2014, 07:41 PM
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It's hard to tell from your picture, but some people cut the black plastic heat shield off where the rack touches.
There is a small rubber dot (for lack of a better word) on the inside of the rack that touches the black heat shield to also prevent the rack from lining up. I chose to cut off that rubber dot and everything lined up.
Remember, don't tighten up the bolts until everything is in place.
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I can't see on my phone very well, but is the cross brace mounted? Also, as noted, the exhaust heat shield rubs the mount.

I have some up close installation pictures here, there is other stuff in the folder too but just go through to the pics of the rack.

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Edit, okay, I just tried to look at your picture on a computer. It's awful. Too small.

I'd also double check that you have the lower mounting points on the back side of the footpegs, not the front side; and leave them totally undone until you actually get the top mounts (through the luggage rack) started. This install was more difficult to line up than on my 2007.

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That was the first time I posted an image. I may have misunderstood the allowable size limits.

You responses suggest modifying either the rack or the heat shield to make it fit. One of the reasons I went with this rack is that unlike some others, no mention was made about cutting or moving anything so I thought it would be a straight bolt-on.

Disappointed, but your comments were much appreciated.

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It is a straight bolt on albeit difficult to line up. The heat shield flexes out of the way. I can't recall if there is a rubber bumper that needs to come off the rack near the heat shield, as the other poster mentioned... although looking at my pictures I see a hole in the rack near the shield which appears to have held a bumper, now gone.
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