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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.

Any ideas?



 

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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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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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Excellent

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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What size cases did you go with. The 2800 cases seem small. I don't know if its the picture but the picture of the cases on your bike look bigger than the 2800 $30 cases. Maybe its just me.
 

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Great DIY! Thanks for the idea, should have all my parts this week and I’m looking at doing something similar. Out of curiosity, do you have the dimensions on the U-Channel you purchased?
 

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Very clever engineering and very clean looking mod. Well done! I love the price on the bags and they look as sturdy as any others.
 

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I also used the givi rack, but i just used bolts and nuts to hold the cases on the bike. not nearly as quick to take off but within my engineering skills. I went with bigger cases, Nanook 940's, they hold 36 liters each , and they cost about 120$ on Amazon (each). I also put a piece of wood on the inside of each case to keep the upper attachments more secure since like you i also used the two holes for the monolock as my upper mounting points.
 

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Great job, I love to see a guy use his head rather then a wallet.Pride in ownership.Kudos to you .
 

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Awesome

I am late to the game, having just sold my Versys 650LT, replacing it with the X 300.
Just stopped at Harbor Freight, and I assume these cases are the smaller 3800 series.
They also have a larger 4800 series (18x 13x 7 5/8) and come in 4 different colors.
Prices now are $55 for the larger, and $37 for the 3800 series. Thanks for posting this!
 
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