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post #1 of 8 Old 06-16-2007, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Non-Givi luggage on a Givi rack

Got a great deal on a Givi rack system. Now I'm trying to find a way to mount aluminum panniers on the racks. I think I want the klr650.com boxes (out of stock at the moment) but I can't find any details on how to mount them to the Givi rack. Does Givi make an adapter kit that I can't find? Has somebody got a homebrew method that works?

I know that someone out there has done something like this before. I couldn't find it on my search. Help me out please?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-16-2007, 04:11 AM
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The way GIVI mounts all you would have to do is remove the two little knobs at the bottom and the wedge fromt the top. Drill your KLR650 Paniers to match and screw them on. I would use fender/bumper washers and o-rings to maintain strength and water tightness.

No ability to easily remove the Paniers.

I think you would have a good chance of wrecking the Givi rack if you dropped it... but you're never going to drop it, right?

The advantage of course is that you already own them, and you can mount the klr boxes however you want (high, low, forward, rearward.)

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I don't have the racks yet, so I can't quite picture what you're saying. Is the wedge/knob system on the Givi luggage, or on the rack? The pictures I've seen of these racks don't seem to include wedges or knobs.

The klr650 site shows a mounting kit consisting of an L-shaped block, which hangs over the lower horizontal part of the rack, and some knobs which I guess go on top. I'm waiting from an email from the sellers to see if that would work on a Givi rack. Otherwise, I could fabricate some mounts out of bolts and hockey pucks, like I've seen a few other people doing. Just trying to find out if there's a 'right' way to do this.

The Happy Trails people tell me that I can use their mounting kit on a H-T box, "but it's not the best way to do it". That may be an option as well.

Thanks for your help.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-12-2007, 09:44 PM
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There is no right way to do it. I second what quema said, you just drill some holes. Once you see the racks you'll know what knobs and wedges you'll need to remove, then you just use those holes that result from removing them to bolt your box on.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-14-2007, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips.

I've got the Givi racks on my bike, and I've got a pretty good idea of what I want to do. I picked up a plastic cutting board, and I'm thinking that I could make a plate to engage the knobs on the bottom, and bolt that plate to the KLR box. On the f650 boards, they had a few guys who did something very similar, and then, on top, they removed the wedge, and used the wedge bolt holes to bolt the top of the case to the rack. No quick-release, but I'm not too concerned about that.

Thanks again!

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'06 Suzuki DL650 (SW-MOTECH: centerstand, bellypan, crashguards) (3M reflective striping) (Powermadd handguards) (Nelson-Rigg saddlebags and tankbag)
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When you do it... Don't forget the photos!

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-14-2007, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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you bet! I'll get the photos up as soon as I take them. Other folks might benefit from the information- either as a how-to, or a how-NOT-to...

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-31-2007, 03:33 PM
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Question How did things go?

How did you make out? Was the project worthwhile or have you been riding all summer?
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