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post #1 of 6 Old 09-11-2006, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Givi E52 installation

I installed my Givi E52 topcase last Friday and couldn't be happier with it. It's my favourite farkle to-date, except for the installation instructions.

For something so seemingly simply, it took me a while to figure out how exactly to install the thing without 1) damaging something 2) driving myself nuts trying to line up nuts and bolts in near-inaccesible spaces.

So, in the hopes of sparing someone else some grief, here are pics of my installation and some tips on getting it right the first time with a minimum of frustration...

It's much easier to get the Givi brackets attached if you loosen the stock luggage rack and tilt it up by stuffing something underneath.

(sorry for the blurry pic) The illustration ("B2") for the "DL650V-STROM" in the instructions show the front bracket going the wrong way :evil: , "trailing" like the rear. It must go the other way or else the screws for the plate will not line up with the holes in the brackets.

This pic shows the bracket in the correct position. After both brackets are secure, lower the Suzuki luggage rack and reinstall its bolts because once the Givi plate is attached you can't get a wrench thru to the rack bolts underneath (you can guess how I figured that out from the next pic).

Here are the slotted washers for the top plate in postion. Orient them with the slots going front-to-back (not side-to-side) and the screws going thru will line up nicely with the holes in the brackets.

It was at this point, with the top-plate screws at the rear installed, that I realized I hadn't reinstalled the Suzuki rack bolts yet and there'd be no way to do it with the Givi plate in the way :shock: so off it came again. :evil:

After getting the Suzuki rack reattached and the top plate put on, there was just the final trim piece that covers the "grid" of the top plate to install (no pic of that). It just snaps in and is secured by 4 small Phillips screws. Be careful not to overtighten them or they'll strip out.

Finally, it's all done. When I first saw the case in its box I thought "OMIGOD it's huge" but it actually matches the character of the Wee perfectly.

A big "+1" for the Cortech "Mini" magnetic tank bag too... I wasn't too sure it would stay in place but on Sunday I took it on a rough off-road ride followed by a high-speed run back home and it didn't budge.

Immy likes the E52 so it must be good!

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-11-2006, 03:57 PM
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My brackets worked fine when both were oriented as in the instructions.

I have had it off a couple of times as I am about to install the Brake light and I wanted to take a look at where everything goes on the bike side of things. I'll have it apart again this eve and don't expect the bolts to be difficutl to work with.

I also found that lining up the bolts was no problem.. just hold the nut with a wrench as the shape of the nut allows it to sit in the wrench easily. Using the proper Allen key makes holding the bolt easy and I had no probs starting and tightening them. I'm a total klutz so if I can hold the nuts this way without sending them flying I am sure everyone else will have no problem with it!


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post #3 of 6 Old 09-11-2006, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by V-Tom
My brackets worked fine when both were oriented as in the instructions.

Hmmm, that's strange. When I went to put the plate on with the brackets oriented as shown in the instructions there was no way to get all 4 screws to line up with the holes. I had to reverse the front bracket like shown for the DL1000.

Having had another look at the instructions, they show the brackets being opposite each other for the DL 1000 and both "trailing" for the DL 650. I wonder why the difference.

Anyway, the opposite setup worked for me and the mount is very solid but I found it interesting how small the Givi's bracket screws are when compared to the huge bolts Suzuki uses to secure the stock luggage rack. The difference did not inspire confidence but then again the case is rated for only 11 pounds so don't go loading it up with bowling balls or bricks...

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-11-2006, 05:09 PM
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I had no problem with the holes lining up attaching the brackets as per instructions. No problem getting the nuts on the bolts with the luggage rack in place either, though it probably was easier with the rack loosened and pulled up.

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I had no problem getting the mounting plate on the luggage rack, but ran into problems getting the luggage rack bolts back in. I dremeled out some of the mount over top of the bolts and everything is easily accessable now.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-15-2006, 08:23 PM
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It unfortunately took me about 2 hours to mount my E-460. Again like most of you, or us it took me about 2-3 times of checking and tightening and re-loosening. But I got it. The only curiosity I have is that the bolts for the actual plastic rack are very close {the ones closest to the riders butt} to the mounting bar bolts. I guess I gotta SABATT. Secure all bolts all the time...
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