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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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My Racks and Side Cases

I've purchased my racks and side cases. Went with Givi racks and Apache side cases (Pelican knock-off).

The racks should be plenty strong with three points of attachment on each side plus a rear cross bar. Should provide some protection for the bike if (when?) there is a tip-over.

The cases are sold at Harbor Freight and get good reviews for durability, being waterproof, etc., and they were only $30 each! They are side-load. I would have preferred top-load, but they are a good size for the Versys-X, I think. Not too wide. I can deal with side-load for the price.

Now I just need to decide how to mount the cases to the racks. Semi-permanent bolt-on or maybe a puck system. Simple bolt-on would be easy and super cheap, but I might go with a puck system for easier removal. There is an aftermarket quick-release kit for the Givi mounts on these racks, but it’s $200!

I also purchased a third case that I could use as a top case when I want extra storage.


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I would love to see the after photos on the bike. I just bought a Shad top box and mount but wouldn't mind a nice solution like this for the sides.
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I've installed the Givi racks. Now I need to figure out how I want to mount the cases. Bolt on would be easy and cheap, but I like the idea of doing some kind of easy disconnect (or at least not slow). In the photos, the Givi adapters have been removed, showing 4 holes that I could use for bolts. The bottom holes have a good spread. The top bolts would be smaller and close together. I could reuse the bottom Givi adapters to rest the case on if I made a strip with notches that would attach to the lower back side of the case. Or I could just get a puck system.

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Maybe bolt a piece of U-channel onto the bottom, to fit onto the bottom of the brackets, then two thumb screws with wing nuts through the top two holes. Cheap, easily removable without any tools.
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Maybe bolt a piece of U-channel onto the bottom, to fit onto the bottom of the brackets, then two thumb screws with wing nuts through the top two holes. Cheap, easily removable without any tools.
Good idea. Wonder if I would need to line the u-channel with rubber to prevent rattle?
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Looks like the caribou system I had on my '08 KLR650. You might look them up for some ideas.
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Good idea. Wonder if I would need to line the u-channel with rubber to prevent rattle?
It would be easier to wrap the bottom of the rack with a piece of split tubing or tape until you get a snug fit.
Also, if you're patient and check around, you can probably pick up a pair of used Givi E21 top-load cases for ~$100 or less (I did, twice).
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I've installed my side cases. Thanks to everyone for their advice.

I wanted the side cases to by easy-on and off. It just takes a few seconds to remove each case.

I mounted pieces of aluminum u-channel to the backs of the side cases, which rest on the bottom tubes of the Givi racks. I lined the u-channel with weather stripping to prevent rattle and abrasion and also to create a snug fit.

For the top mounts, I used the Monokey attachments that came with the Givi racks. I just flipped them to the other side of the racks, which gave me threaded attachments points. I have a couple of bolts inside the top of each case.

So, with just a screw driver, I can remove the two top bolts inside the case, then lift the case off of the rack.

I have around $250 in the racks and cases: The Givi racks were $171. The 2 Apaches cases were $30 each. I ordered the u-channel online for less than $2 each pre-cut. The packet of weather stripping was less than $5. Bolts, washers, etc. were around $10.











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I've installed my side cases. Thanks to everyone for their advice.

I wanted the side cases to by easy-on and off. It just takes a few seconds to remove each case.

I mounted pieces of aluminum u-channel to the backs of the side cases, which rest on the bottom tubes of the Givi racks. I lined the u-channel with weather stripping to prevent rattle and abrasion and also to create a snug fit.

For the top mounts, I used the Monokey attachments that came with the Givi racks. I just flipped them to the other side of the racks, which gave me threaded attachments points. I have a couple of bolts inside the top of each case.

So, with just a screw driver, I can remove the two top of bolts inside the case, then lift the case off of the rack.

I have around $250 in the racks and cases: The Givi racks were $171. The 2 Apaches cases were $30 each. I ordered the u-channel online for less than $2 each pre-cut. The packet of weather stripping was less than $5. Bolts, washers, etc. were around $10.











Looks great, and priced right. Thanks for the idea.
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