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BB, I sent a few pics of the Murph's rails mounted on my bike via your email.

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BB, I sent a few pics of the Murph's rails mounted on my bike via your email.

Received, it looks amazing, simple and compact.definitely the best choice for me since I can't really manufacture or visualize s***.

I will look into leveling the bracket though, as someone mentioned it looks sloped.

Thank you very much for the photos!
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It might help others in the future to post those pics in this thread.
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It might help others in the future to post those pics in this thread.

That would defeat the mystery, wouldnt it?

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I just installed the ones from Murphskits. Very easy install. Z shaped pointing out.

Will try to post pictures when I get a chance. I recommend the brackets from Murph.
Not so much the trunk. The trunk is ok but it's "universal" mount wouldn't mount without me fabricating a piece between Murph's brackets and it's mount. Also they aren't lights on the back of the trunk, though there is room to install some.

Anyway, point being, the brackets from Murphs seem great.

Please do take a picture;


BB, I sent a few pics of the Murph's rails mounted on my bike via your email.

so...please share.... as people are asking....  :truce: :truce: :??: ;)
I'm a bit curious, as I got one of the first Shad trunks when Gary began selling them, and he asked for feedback on a mounting system.. Gave us a chance to offer up suggestions...  I sent pictures of the setup I made to him about a week after he asked, so it may well be what I sent to him.. which is good...  :great: :great: :great:

I always "give" Gary my ideas, to run with... as I don't have the patience to deal with "selling/shipping/dealing" with customers...  I leave that up to him; he's the pro in that field..  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :beerchug: :beerchug:

As for tools... I used a hacksaw to cut, and a flat file to de-burr/break sharp edges, that is all you need... kinda like the "minimal tools" to break outta jail.. :))

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Here are the photos from Jim's installation, Murphy's kit:






It looks very clean, only thing that I would try to change is the level.

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Those are some quick pics I snapped this morning before riding the KLR in the background to work. I'll send you a couple of pics with the case mounted. I'm full-on regard when it comes to posting pics on here. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Thanks for the pics!  Saves a lot of typing trying to describe those brackets.  I agree about the angle being sloped to the rear.  I'd rather have it level.  Just looks odd the other way.
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It's actually level with the original luggage rack. The seat slopes upward and gives it the odd look.

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We're probably misusing the term "level".
It is level. It just appears to sag as it doesn't match the lines of the bike.

This mount {and my Frugal method} also lowers the box {compared to the OEM Bracket}.
Should make the bike feel less top heavy.

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on the mounts I made, I actually stacked a couple washers at each of the 4 mounting bolt points on the bike, to prevent the "rails" from contacting the actual plastic tailpiece, (again, I removed the OEM "Grid" black plastic part prior) I was worried about that tail piece cracking... I suppose a couple "extra" washers could be used in those spots, as a leveler..

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That's exactly why I initially added the washers.
Then I figured out I could add a few extra to the back holes to raise the rear of the trunk.

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Re: Top Case bracket cracked: overloaded, passenger fault or weak design?
« Reply #37 on: June 04, 2019, 12:19:32 am »
on the mounts I made, I actually stacked a couple washers at each of the 4 mounting bolt points on the bike, to prevent the "rails" from contacting the actual plastic tailpiece, (again, I removed the OEM "Grid" black plastic part prior) I was worried about that tail piece cracking... I suppose a couple "extra" washers could be used in those spots, as a leveler..

I did this exact thing....  2 washer on both front bolts, and 6 on the rears.
It's NOT perfect, but it does make a difference.  Even without the washers
A top case is an awesome accessory...  it makes a huge difference motocamping.
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