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post #1 of 13 Old 07-24-2007, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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The Suzuki top box is too far forward...discuss...

Hi all,

on the latest 160-miler round South Devon, the wife complained that the standard Suzi top-box was pushing her too far forward and jutting into her lower back.

Without spending loads of hard-earned, how do I make her more comfortable? (GIVI is an obvious choice but involves some GBP 200+ which I am reluctant to part with...)

I've figured that, provided I forego the ability to quickly unlock and remove it, I can discard the quick-lock attachments and simply bolt the top-box to the standard rack, only some 3 inches further back.

Anyone tried this?

Be safe...
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-24-2007, 04:45 PM
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adventure motostuff makes a rack that will let you move the box back further to accomodate a passenger.
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It works.... just done it myself... tried and tested

Replying to my own post... a sure sign of madness.

Having given it some thought I decided to try my own suggestion. It works beautifully and the wife is now happy again. If you have the same problem, here's the fix:

- Remove top-box from rack.
- Loosen and remove 4 bolts holding rack to frame.
- Remove all top-box fittings from rack (2 front mushrooms and quick-lock rear.)
- Remove all 6 white rubber damping plugs.
- Mark new position of top-box approx 3 inches further back than standard.
- Carefully measure and mark your drilling points on top-box underside.
- Drill 8mm holes at front and 6mm holes at the back
- Reassemble using original bolts through top-box floor, through rack and into frame at front, using original nuts and bolts into quicklock fitting mounting holes at rear.
- Enjoy long miles with less complaining from rear passenger...

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Rory, I don't know how the Suzuki box mounts but my wife had the same complaint as yours. I have a Givi V46 and Givi mount. I made up a couple of simple flat plate brackets that move the mounting plate back 2 inches to give her more room. I'll post a picture when photobucket is finished their maintenance shut-down.

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adventure motostuff makes a rack that will let you move the box back further to accomodate a passenger.

Can you post the link for the exact one you are describing?
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Rory, I don't know how the Suzuki box mounts but my wife had the same complaint as yours. I have a Givi V46 and Givi mount. I made up a couple of simple flat plate brackets that move the mounting plate back 2 inches to give her more room. I'll post a picture when photobucket is finished their maintenance shut-down.
I did the same thing. Moved the box back far enough to fit my camping stuff on the seat.
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Rory, I don't know how the Suzuki box mounts but my wife had the same complaint as yours. I have a Givi V46 and Givi mount. I made up a couple of simple flat plate brackets that move the mounting plate back 2 inches to give her more room. I'll post a picture when photobucket is finished their maintenance shut-down.
I have a GIVI top bag and while my wife hasnt started yet, I see it in my future.... Looking forward to pics from heavy...


Thank God for pics, they make things for people such as myself actually do somethings on his own.
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.... Looking forward to pics from heavy...

oops...forgot all about it...


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Heavy:

Where those on your bike this weekend? I didn't notice any difference to look at but if they move the case back that much it would be wonderful!

How long were the bars?

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post #10 of 13 Old 08-01-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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I did what Heavy did and fabricated my own bracket to move the thing back an inch and a half. I did it slightly different way in that I created two plates that I attached on top of the mount plates. Then attached the plastic rack to the new plates.
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