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post #1 of 22 Old 08-29-2018, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Tusk Pannier Rack Questoin

Hi all, new poster here with a '17 klr that I am modding up a bit. I am installing Tusk pannier racks. I know a bunch of you guys have Tusk racks. It seems that after install you have to remove the racks to get the left panel off the bike. Is that correct? How do you get the seat off in that case? Maybe I'll leave that seat bolt out. How would you get to the battery? I hope this is not a stupid question.
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-29-2018, 10:08 AM
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I have removed my seat bolts and not missed them on the direction of some dude I have never met on this board. I do have a velcro strap the straps the seat down running through the rack. Just for the heck of it. Isn't needed because as others have said, your butt holds it down when it's moving and it's wedged in there pretty good anyway.
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-29-2018, 06:05 PM
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Once racks are installed, there is room to get side panel off, you have manipulate it but nothing extreme. I thought the same thing when I installed the racks. Hell, when I needed to access the seat I loosened the racks the first time before realizing I didnt have to.
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post #4 of 22 Old 08-29-2018, 08:09 PM
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I drilled a hole in each side panel and lined it with a split fuel line so I can remove the seat with a nut driver without removing the panels... I'm lazy I guess.

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post #5 of 22 Old 09-05-2018, 05:54 PM
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I had to run out to my bike to check, because I had no idea what you meant (maybe I still don't). I've got the racks installed, and never touched them since putting them on. The racks do not interfere with the side panels (though, as beamwalker said, you need to get the right angle). If you have trouble, might take 5 seconds. Love my Tusk panniers though!
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-05-2018, 10:02 PM
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When Tusk Panniers are new, and straight, you don't need to do anything to them to get the side panels off. If you drop it, hard, and bend it a bit then you may have to loosen the right side mounting bolts a bit to get the side panels out. Ask me how I know. Lol

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post #7 of 22 Old 09-06-2018, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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You are all absolutely correct. Once the racks are installed the left side cover comes off about as easy as the right. I don't know why the Tusk installation instructions say that you won't be able to remove the left one after installation. Its not true and would seem to scare people away by making it a PITA to access the battery.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-11-2018, 08:48 AM
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I installed in february and since then never had issues with removing fairings.
I don't even need to remove boxes when I remove fairings.
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-14-2018, 07:33 PM
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Left side fairing won't come off on my 2008 without removing the Tusk panier rack. California emissions cannister makes it impossible to manipulate the fairing into a position it will slide out. At least it seems so, I don't want to thrash the fairing to find out

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post #10 of 22 Old 09-15-2018, 06:53 AM
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Left side fairing won't come off on my 2008 without removing the Tusk panier rack. California emissions cannister makes it impossible to manipulate the fairing into a position it will slide out. At least it seems so, I don't want to thrash the fairing to find out

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I removed that canister
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