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.
Last edited by Grinnin; 03-31-2014 at 01:00 PM.