By June 17, 2009

Installing a Givi top rack on a 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A

I’ve grown accustomed to having a lot of storage on my motorcycle. I try to ride as much as I can, and that includes trips to Target or the grocery store. Before I signed the paperwork for my FJR1300A I put in an order for the Givi SR357 top rack from Twisted Throttle. As usual, Twisted Throttle’s customer service was top notch. I made the (somewhat silly) request to include more than their one traditional reflective logo sticker. They sent me three ;) Good on you, Twisted Throttle!

So, my previous Givi rack installation experience was with my 2005 Yamaha FZ6. In short, it was a total pain in the ass. You learned a few new words if you lived within two miles of me. I had to use a rubber mallet to make the rack fit correctly and I think I seriously damaged my relationship at the time due to my behavior. With that in the back of my head, I was prepared to spend hours putting the SR357 on my Yamaha FJR.

I was very surprised that the installation, from unpacking to clean-up, took less than thirty seven minutes.

Here’s how to do it.

First off, most instructions online are Revision 3, which apparently was before Givi included the rubber rectangular mounting pads and metal cylinder spacers used to mount the plastic plate to the metal frame. The instructions included with my SR357 rack are Revision 4, which are not available anywhere on the Internet as far as I know. I scanned mine, just in case you get this kit used and there are no instructions (Page 1, Page 2). The ones on Twisted Throttle are Revision 3 and are not up to date (as of 06/17/2009).

If you have an older SR357 rack you may not have the rubber mounting pads and your installation procedure near the end of this walk through may be different.

Tools needed:

  • 10mm socket and socket wrench (optional)
  • #5 metric hex wrench
  • 10mm box wrench
  1. Remove the grab bar from the FJR1300. There will be five bolts: two under the seat, and three on the tail.

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    Grab bar removed

  2. Cut the rubber guard (part #13) included with the Givi rack into two pieces. One piece will go on either side of the rack, here:
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  3. Put the spacers (parts #8 and #9) on the tail section. The smaller of the two spacer sizes goes on the rear of the wing, facing towards the back of the bike:
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  4. Bolt the mounting bracket to the frame by putting the two short round head bolts (8x20mm, part #2) and small metal washer (part #14) through the bracket underneath the seat. Tighten with the #5 hex wrench. I recommend not tightening these all the way yet.
  5. Put the two longest round head bolts (8x45mm, part #3) and small metal washer (part #14) through the forward two holes on the tail of the bracket. Tighten with the #5 hex wrench. I recommend not tightening these all the way yet.
  6. Put the medium round head bolt (8x35mm, part #4) and small metal washer (part #14) through the single hole on the tail of the bracket. Tighten with the #5 hex wrench. I recommend not tightening these all the way yet.
  7. Tighten all of the bolts all the way. You may want to use blue Loctite here, I did not.
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  8. Put the rectangular rubber mounting pads (part #15) on top of the four most rearward mounting holes on the rear of the rack:
    http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/7019-2/IMG_9526.JPG. They are oriented vertically, like an upright domino.
  9. Place the plastic Givi mounting plate on top of the mounting rack.
  10. Drop in the four cylinder head bolts (6x25mm, part #5) and small metal washer (part #6) into the four most rearward mounting holes on the plastic mounting plate.
  11. Put the #5 hex wrench on the bolt you’re about to attach all this shit to. You may need to put some resistance on the bolt in order to thread everything on. Insert the hex wrench vertically so that it looks like the number “7.”
  12. From the underside of the plastic mounting plate, put the metal cylinder spacer (part #17) on with your right hand.
  13. Hold the spacer with your left hand.
  14. Stack the rubber washer on top of the metal washer (part #7). Put these on the bolt with your right hand.
  15. Transition the rubber washer (part #16) and metal washer stack to your left hand.
  16. Put the nut (part #12) on with your right hand. Hand tighten. This is the worst part of the install, so be patient. The metal spacer will eventually tighten into the rack.
  17. Repeat for the other three bolts.
  18. Put the 10mm box wrench on the nut, and tighten each bolt 3/4ths of the way until all are tightened equally. Then tighten them the rest of the way down. You may want to use blue Loctite here, I did not.
  19. Put plastic caps (part #11) on the mounting holes.
  20. Mount topcase. Booyaka.
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7 Comments on "Installing a Givi top rack on a 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A"

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  1. Sideout says:

    Looks good, like it belongs there.
    Are you still using the JCWhitney boxes on your FZ?

  2. roclar says:

    He ditched the JC Whitney boxes before his trip to Savannah.

  3. drfaulken says:

    Thta’s right — I couldn’t trust them after the plastic hinge snapped on one so I bought the Givi E360s, which I should have done in the first place.

    I think the JC Whitney case would be okay as a top case. As either you or Motodisiac inferred, the material and construction does not lend itself well to being mounted as a side case. The plastic on the Givi is substantially thicker.

  4. Sideout says:

    Would you be willing to part ways with the non-broken one? I might need one as a top box for my Wee …

  5. drfaulken says:

    Damn, I would have just mailed it to you but its ways have already been parted :( Sorry!

  6. Sideout says:

    Oh well, thanks anyway DrF.
    Better luck next time :)

  7. Tom Tanis says:

    I have a 2003 fjr. I have been trying for an hour but can’t figure out how to remove the seat. I have been looking on the internet for any info on how to remove the seat for hours without success. How the frig do you get the friggin seat off?

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