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I have adjustable rail sets that will raise my (or any brand, EXCEPT the stock plastic) rack 3/4" and allow you to re-position the rack/trunk forward or backward in .562" increments for a total of 1-5/8" forward, or the same amount to the rear of the stock location. These rails are CNC machined of 6061 Aluminum, anodized black and come with all needed stainless steel hardware. Those of you with Givi Monokey & Kawasaki OEM trunks don't have any options if your passenger doesn't like the stock location. Also those with backrests may need some extra room. These rail sets will give options for positioning as well as raise the rack slightly for better brake-light visibility. $41.00 including shipping. (Photos on my web-site)


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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 12:16:22 am »
Sounds like exactly what I need. Any chance of a couple photos of the unit with the stock rack?

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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 02:13:05 pm »
Your question prompted me to dig out my old stock rack to make some pictures. However, I don't think I would recommend using the rails with the stock rack(Mine is a 2008). There are molded ridges on the underside of the stock rack that don't allow it to sit on a flat surface. The plastic rack does not make contact with the top surface of the rails and the bolts would probably over-stress/break it. I could probably make shims, or one could stack a few washers between the rack and rails that would allow its use but these would further concentrate the force around the mounting bolts.
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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2017, 11:23:45 pm »
Thanks for checking into it for me.

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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2017, 11:59:31 pm »
Phil does excellent work! I have my trunk moved back a couple of inches. Perfect!!
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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 12:37:22 pm »
I wish there was a clean looking option to remove the rack completely!

But your adjustable rails are an Awesome idea!
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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 10:57:13 pm »
I definitely 2nd these, or anything Phils markets for that matter.

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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 11:17:21 pm »
I always ride solo so I wanted the rack as far forward as possible.  I reversed the adjustable rails as Phil suggested and it works great for me.  I just take off the Monokey connectors whenever I remove my Givi V56NNT.  Looks clean and beats the crap out of the OEM plastic rack.
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Re: Do you need to move your Luggage Rack/Trunk forward or backward?
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 08:20:17 pm »
A word of CAUTION  :-\   There is a limit to what the plastic grab-rails can support. While these rails are meant to give a little extra room for a passenger, adding a heavy/large trunk (55L) and the effects of bumpy roads may cause broken grab-rails. I've heard of one case where BOTH grab-rails cracked near the forward rack mount holes. These rails will allow mounting far enough back to cause problems. If you use them, please only move your rack/trunk to the rear a minimum distance. The stock grab-rails are not designed to hold much weight and extending the weight back any farther than the stock position is a recipe for trouble. If you purchased a set and do not trust them, I have a full refund policy.
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