Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
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Just to clarify a bit...
If you search, you'll find a few examples of people who have successfully gotten the OEM side racks to work with the Givi/Kappa top rack. However, there are others (such as myself) for which it just didn't work. I don't know why...maybe I'm missing the patience or technical ability, but after a 4 hour struggle trying to get the racks to line up properly, I gave up. Good thing I don't have hair anymore, as I would have pulled it all out.
In my case, I couldn't get the bolt near the grab rails to catch on the theads with the hanger for the top case also in place. A longer bolt didn't help as the angle of the bolt going in wasn't straight, so it would have cross-threaded if it did catch. And everything was hooked together very loosely, so I just couldn't line it up.
Like Pretbek, I was a wee bit upset to find out that I couldn't get it to work. But the combination of the FZ447 top rack and PLX447 side racks works fine. Installed in about 30 minutes.
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