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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Givi light connector problem

I have a Givi E52 top case with the Givi base plate. The built in case-to-base connector for the lights does not work very well. I saw another post that these connectors are notoriously unreliable. Does anyone have a good fix? I like the concept of not having to use a manual plug/socket. I think the spring loaded buttons on the case side are ok but they miss the matching buttons on the base plate. In fact, one of the plate-side buttons seems to have been pushed down into its housing. I have been toying around with a concept to use some thin copper sheet on the base plate side to increase the area of the contacts. I have not tried it yet. Other ideas?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 04:04 PM
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Mine stuck down right after it was installed just add a little wd40 or some kind of spray lube and work it up and down a few times...mines been fine all summer.

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I had similar issue on my Beemer. I used silicone spray lube to keep the contacts moving freely and I scuffed the contact areas with 800 emery cloth. Worked great.

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A Gerbing extension plug is what I use. Cut it in half and wire the female to the bike and the male to the case. $5 fix.

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I am really trying to avoid a connector. I will try some WD40 and I had already roughed up the contacs with some sandpaper.

I want to check something here. Are the base plate contacts spring loaded?The contacts in the case are obviously spring loaded. It was not obvious to me that the contacts in the base plate are spring loaded. Are they? One of the replies seems to suggest they are. I thought they are supposed to stay flush with the surface. As I said, of my base plate contacts is now below the surface.

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so it turns out the case-side contact is actually defective. One side jammed and it pushed the base contact down into its housing so at this point, both the case side and base-side contacts need to be replaced. I think Givi is sending me some.

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my tail lights dont work any more also , when looking at the conectors , i see that is alot of side movement that happens between the box and the rack , i didnt want the tail lights when i ordered the box as they are un reliable , but i was sent a box that came with the lights instead of the color matched lid i had asked for , the rack also came the wrong color . i guess i did get the novelty of seeing the lights work a few times and i fully expected them too fail . the box also leaks in the rain . and the bike wobbles at low speed when the top box is loaded with camping gear . but im quite positive that its the best top box out there

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I am really trying to avoid a connector.
If you want any kind of reliability, there's no better way.

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how do you route the wires out of the case using the connector method? Does one simply drill a hole somewhere in the bottom and perhaps seal with RTV?

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how do you route the wires out of the case using the connector method? Does one simply drill a hole somewhere in the bottom and perhaps seal with RTV?
Yeah. That's what I did. It's a functional, rather than elegant way to keep all your lights working.

Like you, I tried to keep the Givi connector system working, but gave up the third time it crapped out.

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