Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: The Islamic Republic of Ohio
Help With Installation Of Givi E52 And Brake Light
I was a very good boy this year and Santa brought me a Givi E52 with the brake light. Guess I wasn't good enough for the Givi windshield, but I digress. Believe me, I did use the search button regarding installation of this monster and I read ALL the postings from Reverend Biker, Martinh, etc... However, I still have some questions:
Regarding general installation of the mount.
1. How do I remove the rubber pad from the zuk luggage rack? Is this reusable or is it sacrificed? Everything I have read says "remove the rack". Do I simply pull the fasteners up through the mounting holes, or do they need lubed before pulled (that doesn't sound right), or do I just cut the stems and be done with it?
2. The hole for the wire connections on the base plate. Some say punch it out some say drill. Input from the install threads comes to 50/50. Any input to break the tie is appreciated. I'm leaning towards punching it out but I'm afraid it will crack the mount.
3. If I follow the Givi instructions for mounting the plate will I have enough room to easily remove the seat or should I shift the plate more rearward?
Regarding the wiring of the brake light.
1. I have studied the wiring harness and the bulb connections looking under the seat towards the brake light and I have come to the conclusion that this is all some kind of joke. I see the wires and I see the correct colors on the wires I need to tap into but there is no way I can touch any of these wires with the tip of my finger let alone manipulate them enough to splice in with the clamp connections or even if that were accomplished there is no freaking way I can get pliers in there to set the clamp. I can't see how anyone could even replace a brake light bulb.
2. Do I need to remove the plastic fender to access the wiring harness? That appears to be the only way to be able to actually get my hands on the wires to splice and clamp. I really hope that is not the answer.
Now I do realize that I don't have to connect the stop light wires to enjoy the 52 litres of cargo containment, but I would really like that big black blister to light-up when I hit the brakes. I thank all of you in advance for your wise counsel.
'05 GL1800A-The Banana Hammock
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