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post #1 of 18 Old 06-21-2007, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone installed a SHAD top case

I've looked at it, and it does not appear to have a easy way to bolt the Shad mount to the Suzuki rack. The holes on the mount that I'm supposed to use, do not lign up what so ever to anything in the Suzuki rack. To make matters worse, if I drill them to match, they are right on the seam between where the rubber pad is.

I've considered getting a sheet of metal, bolting the metal to the rack, then bolting the Shad mount to the metal.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-21-2007, 04:01 PM
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I did, but it was not easy and it's been so long ago I forgot exactly what I had to do. I'll take a look at it tonight and see if it refreshes my memeory then get back to you. Maybe in the meantime someone will chime in with the answer.
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IIRC Water Warrior has Shad cases

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I looked at the install and here is what I did:

Here is a pic of the Shad metal plate installed. You will need to first remove the Suzuki tail rack and the rubber top. The rubber may get damaged in the process. Note that I notched out the metal plate on two sides of the large square hole to expose the Suzuki tail rack installation bolts, otherwise they will be covered up and you will not be able to reinstall it. Loose-fit the plate before cutting the notches so you know exactly where they need to go.


This next pic shows how I placed the mounting brackets on the back of the tail rack. Both ends do not need to contact the rack and it's not possible anyway as you have found out. The bracket ends have "tails" for lack of a better word - one long and one short. Rotate them around and experiment for best fit. Hopefully you can see this in the pic. Keep everything as loose fitting as possible until they are all on. Now cut your notches, preferably with a Dremel. If you have to use a hack saw it will require disassembly.



Hope this helps you out. Send me a pm if you need more details or run into trouble.
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I have a SH-37 case on my Wee Strom but it sounds as if you have a different model, or they changed the mounting plate since I got mine. Still, I'll describe what I did on the off chance you find it useful.

The mounting plate for my case is plastic and offers a number of places to put the bolts, so I was able to find four good spots that lined up with the openings in the luggage rack. I ditched the hardware that came with the case and used a small nylon cutting board (from Target, iirc) with two large holes (approx. 1.25") drilled in it to fit over the rack's mounting pylons (if that's the correct term for them) and hold it firmly in place beneath the rack. There wasn't enough room under the cutting board for standard nuts, so I used tee nuts inserted up through the bottom, and bolts long enough to get a good grip but not protrude through.

I hope this description is clear. This setup has worked very well for me. I have a backrest on my case and my passenger reports that it feels very sturdy.
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-24-2007, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, mine is the 37L with the plastic base. It does not look like the other one shown here. I'm not sure how I will go about attaching it yet.
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Yep, mine's the SH42. Sorry the pics did not help.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-28-2007, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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How did you attach the adapter, and still get the screws under the adapter, on the rack screwed into the V strom?
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-29-2007, 03:55 PM
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I had to remove some of the metal from either side of the large square hole in the adaptor plate to uncover the two bolts that attach the tail rack. Here is a larger picture than the first one. Hopefully you can see where I cut away some metal. If this is not what you are asking come back to me.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1146/...bd552f.jpg?v=0
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-29-2007, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I see.

I plan to get a Stainless Base Plate, and put spacers between it and the Strom rack. That is pretty much my only option.
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