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post #1 of 13 Old 12-30-2006, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-30-2006, 04:16 PM
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I can't help with the electrical questions, I have the E35 Traffic II and no lights. But to remove the rubber pad from the Zuk rack I used a screwdriver and slowly worked the plugs into the hole from the back while gently pulling on them from the topside. Don't know if I'll ever reuse it but I have it just in case.

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I used a knife to score the plastic a bit and then gave it a whack with a hammer and large screwdriver. The plug came out relatively easily.

To wire it, I fished the harness going to the tail light out along the side of the underseat tool tray (clutch side) and tapped into it there. Not a lot of manipulation room for sure, but do-able. I did slice the plastic wire loom to get access to the individual wires and then taped it all up afterward, but I soldered the wiring rather than use those infernal crimp-wrap connectors.

I managed to break one of the rubber nipples holding the pad to the rack, but figure the whole pad will get glued if it ever gets re-installed.

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Just put a lttle lubricant on your fingers and massage the nipples well. That should make it easier to do what you want with her. Push it through the rack from underneath. Trust me, once you get em lubed, the rest will come second nature.

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Just put a lttle lubricant on your fingers and massage the nipples well. That should make it easier to do what you want with her. Push it through the rack from underneath. Trust me, once you get em lubed, the rest will come second nature.
Hmmm, not for mixed company, LOL. I was going to suggest the same dupont teflon multiuse spray or drops that I use on the chain. It works wonders for stuff like this and reinstalling if need be. It works well for grip installs and removals too.

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Remembered that I have a gallon of ultrasound jelly. This is great stuff on rubber. Nipples rubbed and pad was off in a jiffy. Now on to the wiring. Is it possible to splice into the wires up near the battery?

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Now on to the wiring. Is it possible to splice into the wires up near the battery?
Maybe. That one cable bundle (in black plastic sheath) along the clutch side of the underseat tool tray is the only wiring going to the rear of the bike.

I was able to get at it near the seat latch, and didn't follow it further.

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A bit of a sidetrack here, but does anyone know if it's possible to get Monokey cases keyed alike... Givi doesn't elaborate on their website, but I seem to remember hearing that you could get them keyed alike.
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A bit of a sidetrack here, but does anyone know if it's possible to get Monokey cases keyed alike... Givi doesn't elaborate on their website, but I seem to remember hearing that you could get them keyed alike.

Yeah, they (Givi) have a kit that allows you to key three monokey cases alike.
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What are your current key numbers? I got the matched lockset for my bags and I'll have the old ones kicking around after. Maybe I'll have a lock that matches your current ones.

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A bit of a sidetrack here, but does anyone know if it's possible to get Monokey cases keyed alike... Givi doesn't elaborate on their website, but I seem to remember hearing that you could get them keyed alike.

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