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SW Motech Side Racks Install Help

Hi...I recently bought a 2009 Versys (based upon many of the views I have read in this forum). I love it so far...much different from my KLR 650 and Triumph Scrambler...

Three quick questions:

1. I purchased the Givi PLX35 luggage from Twisted Throttle along with the SW Motech racks and the SW Motech rear carrier. For the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the 8 rubber "bumpers" or grommets onto the two side racks. Squeezing, cajoling, cursing...nothing seems to work. The "male" portion of the plug just seems a bit too big for the female hole on the rack itself. I am sure many of you have these racks...any suggestions on how to get the rubber grommets in the holes?

2. Is there anything else "funky" about installing the racks with the SW Motech rear carrier? I assume the rear carrier takes the place of the two side handles on the bike and must be installed at the same time as the side rack adapters.

3. I am already experiencing the buzzing in the fairing and the vibration around 50-70mph. I have read most of the posts regarding fixes...I spoke to my dealer and he said Kawasaki supposedly fixed all these issues with the 2009 model. I guess he was wrong. For those of you with 2009 models have you had the same buzzing problems found on the 2008s?

Thanks in advance for any advice. I trust the advice of the folks on the forum much more than those of the dealer.

-mike
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Have you tried some WD40 on those rubber bumpers?

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Put a little liquid soap on the wide part.

Pull from one side, and, it necessary, nudge a little from the other with a small screwdriver.

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Thanks guys...appreciate the help. Felt a bit stupid after I tried a little WD40, a little liquid soap, and then using a small screwdriver to push it through the hole. Worked like a champ.

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