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Exclamation Caribou Cases trunk mounting issue

All, I have the Kawasaki factory tail rack installed on my V. I also purchased the Caribou Cases 34L trunk with the universal mounting plate.

Now here is the issue, none of the holes match up. Nor, on the plate attached to the tail is there many places to just tap it add more holes.

So, what I need are the following: pictures of the Givi adapter plate (if it works, I would just order one of those) and other ideas on how to mount this. The only other idea is tapping the stock plate, but I am worried about structural integrity.
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I have a Caribou plate mounted on a SW-MOTECH rack (same as a stock Kawasaki rack), before I left for South America we looked at options for mounting the Caribou box. My buddy Scott drilled the Caribou plate and used spacers to mount it to the SW-MOTECH rack, that was 25,000 miles ago, there has been no problems with this mounting system.
That said, the locking system on Caribou box failed, I'm using straps to hold the box on. My amigo, Ron, also had his locking system fail, he drilled and bolted his Caribou box onto the plate. We were on extremely rough roads, I don't think the locks would have failed under normal riding conditions.
I'd use your Caribou setup, I think it would be a lot stronger than a GIVI mount.

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I have a Caribou plate mounted on a SW-MOTECH rack (same as a stock Kawasaki rack), before I left for South America we looked at options for mounting the Caribou box. My buddy Scott drilled the Caribou plate and used spacers to mount it to the SW-MOTECH rack, that was 25,000 miles ago, there has been no problems with this mounting system.
That said, the locking system on Caribou box failed, I'm using straps to hold the box on. My amigo, Ron, also had his locking system fail, he drilled and bolted his Caribou box onto the plate. We were on extremely rough roads, I don't think the locks would have failed under normal riding conditions.
I'd use your Caribou setup, I think it would be a lot stronger than a GIVI mount.

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Do you have a picture from above of where you drilled the plate? On the stock plate there are only two screw holes. Or did you drill both plates?
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Both plates are drilled, held together with three bolts/spacers.

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Gracias. I'll be taking my plates over to my friends shop tomorrow morning and we will get them drilled out.
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