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post #1 of 3 Old 03-31-2014, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Simple 1st-gen top box mount

This top box mount is simple. Sometimes I make things too complex for some imagined future convenience. I DID have the front clips bolted up from the outside, but even that bit of future "convenience" caused the bolts to be less accessible, so now it's the simpler "bolt from inside".

The rear clips slide over the metal at the back of the bike. Then the front clips push up into place with no possiblilty of misalignment and the machine screws go down from the inside.



You may well ask about rattling. Bend the 4 clips to make them tight. I had ZERO rattling on a 15,000 mile trip that included some rough roads. The latch on the top box did loosten significantly (maybe 1mm or so) during that trip.

EDIT: When the box is off the bike there is nothing at all left on top of the stock rack.

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Can we get some more pics for the simple minded folk like me?

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In the picture of a sorry tire above, you can see one rear bracket by the right turn signal. It does not touch the bracket for the relocated turn signals. If I took a picture of only the bracket, it would still be edge-on and not very visible. (Notice, too, the dusty supplemental LED running/brake light above the stocker; there are a lot of added brackets back there.)

When it's on the bike the front clips are entirely hidden unless you use a small inspection mirror. The clips fit between the handles and the seat.

I didn't mention that the metal clips for the top box touch only metal parts on the rack -- no metal-on-plastic to wear away.

I suspect that people with 1st-gen KLRs can look at their rack and see how it fits.
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