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post #1 of 13 Old 06-04-2006, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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J.C. Whittney top box

I came home yesterday from a day trip with my wife and daughter. Was scouting out Little River Canyon in eastern Alabama. It was fun in the Subaru Forester, but think it would be a blast on the DL650.

Anyhow, we got home and my wife was letting my dog outside and found a couple of boxes on the front porch. One had the large top box from JC Whittney. First impressions. It came complete with the box and mounting kit. No directions.

I removed the luggage rack from my bike and studied the situation. I opted to not remove the rubber pad from the rack. Instead, I used my saber saw to slightly widen the new base plate where the bolt heads to mount the rack. This allowed me to mount the base plate and then mount the luggage rack.

For the price, I think this is a bargain. Will not compare to the higher end boxes, but should be a fine place to store my helmet and gloves. There is a red plastic piece around the center of the box. Does not look to be reflective. Will take care of that with reflective tape.

Now I just need to get my box with the ram mount for my GPS, my lighter plug installed. I have to let my visa card catch up before ordering my crash bars. My wife mentioned the word neuter, so I best slow down on the farkling process. Can't wait to go on a long distance trip.

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-05-2006, 11:56 PM
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I don't think I have heard a bad review of the JCW topcase. Maybe not as nice as the GIVI, but for a fraction of the price I'm guessing most people don't care.

Nice neuter reference. Never heard my wife speak the word but I've seen it in her eyes!
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-06-2006, 12:54 AM
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I've had mine for a month now, and have been very pleased. Easy to install and works great. Never had a top box before, but they are the handiest thing imaginable.
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Was anybody able to install it without drilling holes? I am thinking about getting one but do not want to create any holes in the stock rear rack.

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post #5 of 13 Old 06-06-2006, 12:51 PM
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I did. I just used the two supplied braces and ran them side to side under the rack. Since then I have added a SW Motech rear rack and have the box installed on the removable givi plate.
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I did not drill any holes in my bike, nor did I remove the stock rubber pad. I placed the mounting plate for the box on the rack and saw where the luggage rack bolts were below and found that if I took my saber saw and simply widened area above where the bolts were, I was golden. I then used the hardware supplied with the mounting kit to fasten the base plate to the rack. I then reattached the rack to the bike.

So far, so good.

If anyone has questions, please email me at [email protected].

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-07-2006, 02:27 AM
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For me the top rack mounting bolt holes lined up perfectly with the mounting plate the way they were. The supplied bolts were slightly longer than stock, so they worked (not by much though), and I could use one of the supplied brackets crosswise to attach the mounting plate at the rear.

Didn't have to remove the rack, drill anything, nothing special but remove the rubber pad. I was just playing around with what supplies came in the box and suddenly the topcase was attached.

Eventually I bought some slightly longer bolts for the front with better washers, and nyloc nuts for the back. Piece of cake.
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Ditto. I didn't use the supplied brackets. Simply bought longer bolts (than those that secure the rack), washers and locking washers and was able to install the base plate right onto the rack. The base plate is therefore only secured with 2 bolts, but it seems plenty firm and I can't see how it would shimmy loose.

I want to be able to take the JC Whitney base plate off at times and run the bike "clean" and this installation makes that a snap.

Besides needing to add reflective tape to the top case, I am thinking about installing a couple of the flashing red lights on the back side of the top case, the kind that you see bicyclists use, in order to enhance my visibility. Any thoughts/comments? Would the flashing lights actually distract motorists behind me from paying attention to my brake light? Hmmm.
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Flashing red lites may not be a good idea. Could confuse the less fortunate in cages and you might makes new friends with guns and badges.

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I'm a big fan of hyperlites http://www.hyperlites.com/ . They are quite expensive for what you get (well engineered though), but work very well for people directly behind you. I have a set of running/flashing brake lights, and a set of 16 led turn signals. Impossible to miss during the daytime The do increase your visibility. I have to post a video soon.
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