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    RT Top Case Luggage Rack

    Anyone have an alternative to the Wonderlich Top Case Luggage Rack - Part Number: 8200300-302. The wife and I will be taking our annual summer tour around Lake Mich and every time we go it seems like we need more "stuff". Or maybe we just have accumulated more "stuff" over the years. In either case, it would be nice to add something light to the top of the case. But $200 for that seems a bit over the top.

    Just wondering what other folks do to pile it higher. Pics would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkwags View Post
    Just wondering what other folks do to pile it higher.
    I don't pile it high because it really screws with the handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkwags View Post
    Anyone have an alternative to the Wonderlich Top Case Luggage Rack - Part Number: 8200300-302. The wife and I will be taking our annual summer tour around Lake Mich and every time we go it seems like we need more "stuff". Or maybe we just have accumulated more "stuff" over the years. In either case, it would be nice to add something light to the top of the case. But $200 for that seems a bit over the top.

    Just wondering what other folks do to pile it higher. Pics would be appreciated.
    The E-81 luggage rack on top of my BMW 28L trunk was purchased through TwistedThrottle.com for $67.50. I have included the link below:

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/107

    It is a GIVI and can also be mounted on the 48L BMW trunk (I have one mounted on both of mine).

    Once you decide on a safe spot to drill the four holes (be careful look inside where you can drill thru and still access the bolts for the washers/nuts), you will need to be creative in finding something to act as a sleeve to slip over the rear mounting bolts (rubber tubing?!), both to cover them cosmetically (exposed threads), and to stabilize/weatherproof the rack atop the trunk.

    I purchased longer rear bolts at the hardware store to complete the install, but though Im not the handiest guy in the world, it really wasnt rocket science to securely mount them. I mounted it opposite of the photo in the Twisted Throttle pic high end to the rear, but up to you.

    This rack is very handy, not only for long trips or for securing excess riding apparel when it gets too hot, but useful for everyday events such as strapping down a couple of collapsible chairs for watching the fireworks or an air show.
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    I'm happy with the BMR rack, which is designed specifically for that model of topcase. It has lots of attachment points. I didn't want a tubular rack, but would rather have a shelf...
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    Pack lighter...I am not being funny! space/stuff rule: The more space you make, the more junk you will fill it with. It is a vicious cycle with no way out...

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    Ive been looking for a top case rack also. Wed like to use it for the lightweight bulky stuff when were 2 up and camping. However, when solo, which is 75% of the time; I dont need it, and would not mount it.

    I looked at the Wonderlich rack as well, but there were several things about it I didnt like:
    a. The price is out of line
    b. The width is right, but at 16" its too short. Most bags Ive been looking at are
    10-12 in wide and 20-24 in long.
    c. The front mounting holes need to be drilled at an angle, I think they would be hard to seal when the rack is removed.

    My solution was to modify a Harley top case rack, which is 14 X 20 by cutting it down so the dimensions are 10 ? X 20 which seems to fit the 49L top case better. It was also necessary to reposition the mounting legs and extend them slightly to clear the top of the backrest pad. But the mounting holes will be square to the top and easy to seal with a truss head screw and rubber washer.

    If you can cut and weld metal, its a fun, easy project. I still have to paint it, but in the end, Ill have about $40 and 3hours work into it, and it will be exactly what I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwestly View Post
    Pack lighter...I am not being funny! space/stuff rule: The more space you make, the more junk you will fill it with. It is a vicious cycle with no way out...
    I agree, would you mind telling my wife. I am not going there, since she sits right behind me.

    Thanks
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