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post #1 of 19 Old 11-21-2019, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Wobbly top case?

I've only had one bike before with a top case. That bike had a very solid metal rack, with a very solid metal adapter plate, and a Hepco Becker top case. No wobbles.

On my 2018 V-Strom 1000 I decided to add a top case, and maybe I went a bit too cheap, not sure.

I went with a Givi B37 Monolock top case. This came with a plastic adapter plate. I mounted the adapter plate to the stock plastic v-strom rack and that seems really solid. Installed the top case, seems like a wee bit of play, but not bad.

Then when riding on normal bumpy CA roads, the top case is wobbling and shaking around. I take a look back and it looks like way too much wobble.

I stopped, pulled off the top case, the adapter plate is still very solidly mounted, bolts still very tight, so it seems as good as it is going to get.

Is this kind of normal? And OK to just ride and wobble away?

I see the Givi rack/adapter plate SRA3112 that has some support rail/frame and looks much more solid. Thinking I should go for that and a monokey top case ... then I guess try to sell the B37 monolock case on craigslist.

Would that be a wobble free solution?
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There are four little rubber things (pads?) That are intended to keep the topcase pushing up against the mount. Are those there? If so there are also higher ones that can help.

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First check to see if the 4 rubber inserts at the corners of the plate are still installed. Iíve lost a couple over the years, sometimes they stick to the bottom of the case if you remove it. I usually use some silicone to help those stay in place. You can buy replacements from Givi, or find some at your local Ace/TrueValue hardware stores.

If those are there, What Iíve also done for wobbly cases is use a piece of adhesive-backed rubber I found at work, and stuck it to the bottom of the case. It was probably 4-5mm thick. In a pinch, Iíve also used a folded-up rag between the plate and the case to take up the slop and prevent it from wobbling. Basically you just want to have a bit of resistance as you press the case down to latch it in.
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I've used those adhesive backed felt floor protectors designed to go on the bottom of chair legs to add length to the rubber pads for a more solid fitment, you can double up on those pads if necessary. They come in various sizes and I had a bunch of 3/4" ones that were a perfect fit. They never came off because case usually stayed on bike and they were under pressure with the proper fit and had nowhere to go. This was on a 36L JC whitney top case for sale on CL hudson valley right now. The GIVI V46 that is now on my 09 wee is rock solid with zero movement.
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The little rubber pads are there on the adapter plate, but I see what you are saying ... they are too low and don't really put much (if any) pressure on the top case when it clicks into place.

I'll see what I can rig up. Thanks!
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The little rubber pads are there on the adapter plate, but I see what you are saying ... they are too low and don't really put much (if any) pressure on the top case when it clicks into place.

I'll see what I can rig up. Thanks!
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I don't know how much wobble you have, but the SRA 3112 rear rack supports do add a great deal of support IMO. There are also some other bits that add some fore & aft parallel bars that support the mounting plate. The factory rack is not metal, it is a plastic/ resin material that I would expect will develop stress fractures and crack if you continue your wobbly ways. I have seen a broken rack at the shop.

I would absolutely recommend the 3112 supports if you're expecting the factory rack to support a loaded top box. Security feels good.
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I don't know how much wobble you have, but the SRA 3112 rear rack supports do add a great deal of support IMO. There are also some other bits that add some fore & aft parallel bars that support the mounting plate. The factory rack is not metal, it is a plastic/ resin material that I would expect will develop stress fractures and crack if you continue your wobbly ways. I have seen a broken rack at the shop.

I would absolutely recommend the 3112 supports if you're expecting the factory rack to support a loaded top box. Security feels good.
I have to totally agree with this advice. The plastic carrier on the Strom is too flexible and just using a plate unsupported can lead to breakages. The SW Mocheck users have especially experienced this. I saw from the getgo that my topbox was not secure enough and when I searched further I saw the supports on the Givi site. Problem solved. Givi also do a thicker grommet that will fit the plastic plate so they will also help keep a topbox more stable.

Having said all of this it is not advisable to use a top box offroad or on very rough roads. They will always get a hammering in such situations, especially the larger boxes.

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I put two stainless steel screws through the bottom of the case into the mounting plate to stabilize it. I never remove it anyway. Nice and tight now!

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I don't know how much wobble you have, but the SRA 3112 rear rack supports do add a great deal of support IMO. There are also some other bits that add some fore & aft parallel bars that support the mounting plate. The factory rack is not metal, it is a plastic/ resin material that I would expect will develop stress fractures and crack if you continue your wobbly ways. I have seen a broken rack at the shop.

I would absolutely recommend the 3112 supports if you're expecting the factory rack to support a loaded top box. Security feels good.
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Do not put a heavy load on the factory top rack without support reinforcements. The SRA3112 adds that support. I found my 2018 DL1000 top rack flimsy without the Givi brackets.

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