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post #1 of 14 Old Aug 16th, 2006, 6:30 pm Thread Starter
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I'm buying a Ztechnik rack for Liebchen. The real question is whether I will install the rack myself or let the dealer do it. There is no rack on her now so I'd have to drill into the top case and wire it up myself. Here is the question for those who have done it before... how complicated is the installation (keeping in mind that I'm low on the evolutionary tool using scale)?

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post #2 of 14 Old Aug 16th, 2006, 7:18 pm
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Easy enough

The install is easy enough for you to do......

The rack comes with a template you must cut out and place on the bike taping it down in a specific order... Then you use another template to measure between the marks... Marker and drill 5/8" holes... Mount her up.

The worst part for me was getting to the brake light wiring which is taped back inside the trunk interior lamp space. Pull the trunk lamp and fish the wire out thru the big hole... Then I just drilled a small hole into the "bulge" which contains the interior light. Fed the brake light wire from the rack thru.

My 99 had spade lugs on the ends so I had to cut off the connector that comes on the rack and install spades...

Good Luck..

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The install is easy enough for you to do......

The rack comes with a template you must cut out and place on the bike taping it down in a specific order... Then you use another template to measure between the marks... Marker and drill 5/8" holes... Mount her up.

The worst part for me was getting to the brake light wiring which is taped back inside the trunk interior lamp space. Pull the trunk lamp and fish the wire out thru the big hole... Then I just drilled a small hole into the "bulge" which contains the interior light. Fed the brake light wire from the rack thru.

My 99 had spade lugs on the ends so I had to cut off the connector that comes on the rack and install spades...

Good Luck..

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Doesn't sound too difficult. I think I'll attempt to overcome my fear of tools ( ) and give it a shot. If I screw it up that'll be me you hear screaming from coast to coast.

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He has a 2005, so his wire is not hidden behind his trunk light. He should look in the storage area under the mirror, and should have a correct connector.

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He has a 2005, so his wire is not hidden behind his trunk light. He should look in the storage area under the mirror, and should have a correct connector.
Good on ya, Cause that part was by far the worst of the experience....

Have fun...

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He has a 2005, so his wire is not hidden behind his trunk light. He should look in the storage area under the mirror, and should have a correct connector.
"Should have a correct connector" is a phrase that makes my blood run cold... I take it the connection isn't some type of plug in?

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Yes it is

But the rack comes with the correct connector for "your" bike.

Mine being a 99 was a little different..

Yours should plug right in...


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It's not as simple as it looks. The curve of the topcase coupled with the inward tilt of the rack legs caused me some distress when I mounted mine. Bottom line, trust the template even though it won't look right when you put the rack on top of the template. Secondly, the hollow bolt wire that the brake light cable fit's through, had a "bad bolt". I had to look around the garage for a quick fix bolt. It's not the best quality, although now that I have it installed, it works fine.

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I'm buying a Ztechnik rack for Liebchen. The real question is whether I will install the rack myself or let the dealer do it. There is no rack on her now so I'd have to drill into the top case and wire it up myself. Here is the question for those who have done it before... how complicated is the installation (keeping in mind that I'm low on the evolutionary tool using scale)?
As others have told you, trust the template. With that in mind I found that I could tape the template to the top case, verify the fit of the legs before I cut, mark the location of the holes with a marker, & remove the template before I started cutting. I also found that I could cut the holes with a dremel & a rotary saw bit rather than a drill. Gave me more control & allowed me to enlarge a hole as necessary. The holes, if properly drilled, will seem to be a little too tight & necessitate some pressure to get the legs in. Makes for a good fit.

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I placed an order for a ZTechnik Rack about two weeks ago at my local dealer. Yesterday, I was told that Z-Technik Racks were back ordered and would be released within next two weeks.

Good luck with your order :-)

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I placed an order for a ZTechnik Rack about two weeks ago at my local dealer. Yesterday, I was told that Z-Technik Racks were back ordered and would be released within next two weeks.

Good luck with your order :-)
I ordered mine about the same time as you. Mine has arrived now (took ages to get through customs)

Question for any Z-Tecnic users - does the quality last? Mine seems to have micro-bubbles and I am worried that they may turn to rust.

Will be drilling tonight!

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Have Installed 2

Measure 3 times drill once you see that the legs are in the right place.

1st one was a pain, place template , made holes, apparently legs were bent in shipping, had to teek to fit.
2nd not as much tweeking but still a tad on one leg.
Others posted similar issues then.

That was about two years ago, understand shipping packaging is better haven't heard many complaints lately.

Good rack , a bit heavier than expected.
Chicane makes a great bag to fit.

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I received mine about three weeks ago from the local dealer. Installation went very well. I am happy with the quality of mine.

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I've had mine for 2 years now and it still looks great. I did have the LED pop off when it got snagged by my half cover after I had it 1 years. Called Ztechnik and they sent a replacement right away, great service!

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