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post #1 of 4 Old Jul 16th, 2006, 8:27 pm Thread Starter
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Top Box Removal

I have searched the "Hall of Wisdom" and related folders but cannot find any info on how to remove the top box. I did find articles on moving it (to make more passenger room), to replace the locking pins, etc., ... but not how to remove the box. I have a general idea of how to remove the felt liner and the mounting bolts, but I need a suggestion on how (and which) to disconnect the electrical connections, speaker wires, etc.

Any help would be most appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old Jul 16th, 2006, 8:55 pm
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You are in luck. I removed mine a few weeks ago and, it's very easy. The electrical connectors are under the passenger seat.

Remove the rear seat and the inner liner of the top box. You need to disconnect the restraining strap that keeps the lid of the top box from falling forward when it's open. It's a good idea to have a second pair of hands to hold the lid from flopping over when you remove the restraining strap. Or, put something in front of the top box for the lid to rest on. There are tabs down in the slot where the locking lugs come out of the inner liner. They are directly behind the locking lugs - toward the rear of the bike. They can be disengaged by sliding a slim - flat - screwdriver down in the slot and prying them as you pull up on the inner liner. The front and side lips of the inner liner are held in place by Velcro - just pull up to release it, after disengaging the rear tabs.

Remove the four screws in the bottom of the box - exposed after removal of the inner liner.

When you pull the top box back, you can see the wires that run to the two connectors. The connectors are just twisted to disengage anf pull apart. It's a good idea to seal the ends of the connectors on the bike side to keep moisture and dirt out. It's been suggested to spray the inside of the connector with dielectric spray. I slipped a small desicant bag in mine and put them in zip-loc bags before pressing the connectors back in their retaining clips.

Replace the rear seat and that's it. If you are able to get a Fort Worth Rack, it finishes off the area behind the rear seat very nicely.

Good Luck

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post #3 of 4 Old Jul 17th, 2006, 12:33 am
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post #4 of 4 Old Jul 17th, 2006, 10:06 am
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The hardest part is removing the felt liner. You need to disengage two clips and it will lift right out. If you're forcing, you ain't doing it right. Use an thin, flat tool. (butter knife?) See pic below.

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