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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2013, 04:59:36 pm »
Bugger, now I'm inspired to do the same thing and leave my side cases off for commuting...
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2013, 07:13:32 pm »
Thanks for the pics, you've helped me make the decision to get some of those Murphs rails for my top case. >:D
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2013, 01:09:57 am »
So I've completed my epic top case project.  Today was finishing up all the little s***... ugh!

I started this morning, by trying to remove the seat (with the top case on).  The top case was
mounted too far forward, so I had to rip the whole thing apart, drill some new holes to move
the case back about an inch, then painted the mounting rails and steel support plate I made.
Now I can remove the seat with the top case on (kinda important).



Next I wired up the "pigtail" for the top case power.  I reduced 10 wires down to 4, then
drilled a small hole at the bottom front of the case, and ran the 4 wires though the bitty hole.
I chose to solder/shrink wrap all the connections then wire loom everything.  The 4 wires then
ran into a (4) terminal plug.  The end result was a very tidy wiring job.



The next phase was wiring the other plug to the running lights/brake lights/full time hot
(For the cargo light) and ground.  Once again.... solder/shrink wrap/tape all the connections.
Unfortunately, this meant tearing the whole back of the bike down, to get adequate room
to work.  The end result was again tidy, and left a 4 terminal plug the top case wire will
plug into.  This was the most time consuming, but worth the extra work to ensure all the
connections were solid and proper.





The wire is hardly noticeable  :great:



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The top case locks in, I plug in the power, pop the seat on, and I'm ready to go.  The
finished product is 90% of what I want.  I will start working on the back rest tomorrow,
once that's on, I'll be happy this project is finished, and my Connie's range is increased
considerably.
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2013, 02:14:19 am »
Wow; thanks for the details!  :-\ I want to put a topcase on Consuela after I get done with my rebuild. Is there a brand name associated with this case?
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2013, 02:38:16 am »
Wow; thanks for the details!  :-\ I want to put a topcase on Consuela after I get done with my rebuild. Is there a brand name associated with this case?


It's a very basic trunk, made by TMS.
Here's a link to the seller's page:

http://www.t-motorsports.com/x-large-black-motorcycle-scooter-touring-trunk-top-case/

They run this case on E-Bay for 59.99 Shipped, on auction.  I won it for just that, which is $10.00
shipping.  :great:
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2013, 02:43:25 am »
Thanks again, McFly! I've been thinking Givi or Shad but this is waay closer to my normal price range. Thanks for the brand name and the second link; you ROCK! :)
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2013, 08:15:20 pm »
Here's some outside pics...  lots of room to move around!





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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2013, 01:18:37 am »
Well, this brings my top case journey to an end.  I put the backrest together, and
bolted it on today.  My first impression was, "it's kinda big".  The wife took a look
at it, and said, "I love it, it's nice and big.".  I guess I'm stayin' with the "Nice and Big"!!





It's been a good bit of fun upgrading my "Budget Top Case" to a "Tricked Out Budget Top Case"
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2013, 01:22:39 pm »
Good job!
Very informative-Thanks!
Where did you get the white 4 wire connectors?
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2013, 04:33:30 pm »
Good job!
Very informative-Thanks!
Where did you get the white 4 wire connectors?

I've had these connectors laying around.  You can get them at Radio Shack.  They
might look familiar to a power connector in your computer... it is.  I used shrink
wrap over each soldered pin connection to add some extra weather protection.
Other connectors would be much more weather resistant, but as I was doing this
on the cheap, I used what I had. Working rain or shine so far!
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2013, 08:24:23 pm »






Where did you get the clear lenses?

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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2013, 01:16:34 am »
I got some from J.C. Whitney
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2013, 07:57:39 pm »
Something to consider with the back rest.  I moved mine forward about 2 inches and that was to much.  When my lady rides with me now I can not get a comfortable position on my back.  It almost feels like I have to push her back the entire time.  3 day trip and my back was a mess.   Just be sure you are both comfortable for the long hall.  Little things matter.
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Re: Considering a Top Case +
« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2013, 09:23:33 pm »
Something to consider with the back rest.  I moved mine forward about 2 inches and that was to much.  When my lady rides with me now I can not get a comfortable position on my back.  It almost feels like I have to push her back the entire time.  3 day trip and my back was a mess.   Just be sure you are both comfortable for the long hall.  Little things matter.

We did a two hour jaunt up to Daytona Beach and the wifey was pretty happy with her
seating position and comfort.  I was comfortable too.  The wife is 5'4" and maybe 110 lbs, so
she takes up little space.  The top box is pushed back far enough for me to remove the
seat easily, so I think it's OK.  Our major comfort concern is the stock bench, it has to go!
Where did you get the clear lenses?

I got those on E-Bay.  I think they're still selling them...
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