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I was thinking about removing the trunk on my bike but have never done in it is it a pain or not worth trying it. I heard the bike handled a little better and I was thinking if I liked it I would purchase the chrome rack to go in its place when my wife dosen't ride.
 

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Not a big deal to remove. Be sure to disconnect all electrical, speaker, and heated backrest connections first. Then it is just in place with 4 screws. At this stage you can add a Fort Worth rack. I think there is one for sale in the classified.
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I was thinking about removing the trunk on my bike but have never done in it is it a pain or not worth trying it. I heard the bike handled a little better and I was thinking if I liked it I would purchase the chrome rack to go in its place when my wife dosen't ride.
 

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Trunk Removal

Search the sight, there's several good pics and info about rear racks, etc. Been thinking about the same thing myself. Stated to take about 10 minutes once you've seen how it's done. Best of luck. Post some pics if you find a rack system to replace the aft bunker.

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I've had mine off for several months and installed a Fort Worth rack.
The ride definitely is better as a result of a slightly lower cg with the trunk removed.
It's really a simple procedure once you have done it once. I now take it off and reinstall it in about 105 minutes. Just have to be aware of the electrical connections.
Sorry but I can't remember the link to the posted instructions on how to remove the trunk but a simple search should find it.
Good Luck..
 

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I now take it off and reinstall it in about 105 minutes.
THAT'S ONE HOUR AND FORTY-FIVE MINUTES!!!!

I can do it in less than 10!

I'd let your local STEALER do it if I were you - it'd be cheaper! :histerica :histerica :histerica

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THAT'S ONE HOUR AND FORTY-FIVE MINUTES!!!!

I can do it in less than 10!

I'd let your local STEALER do it if I were you - it'd be cheaper! :histerica :histerica :histerica

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Don't where that extra "0" came from..LOL!!
 

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Once you remove the rear seat and take the connections apart you are ready to remove the top box. If you are doing this by yourself, I find it easy to use a rolled up sleeping bag to support the top lid when you take the strap that limits the travel off the top lid. I just put the bag in the same place the seat was then open the lid so that it rests on the bag, then remove the nut that holds the retaining strap, let the strap recoil and let the lid rest on the bag. Then remove the bottom insert using a flat blade screw driver to open the small prongs just down inside where the latches come out of the case. Then remove the four bolts and the case is off, but keep a hand on it or it could fall off the bike it weighs around 35lbs. Unless I ever need the security of the top box I probably will never put it back on. I just installed a rear Bakup Back rest for when my wife wants to ride. It bolts right up to where the top box came off and has a small rack to strap a small bag to.
 

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Mine is off and on often. I prefer it off. I only put it on when the wife wants the heat and arm rests. I use a bag for stuff I need to carry. Of course I just like to change things around every so often.
 

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Re: trunk removal ( better late than never)

I also only put on the trunk when my wife wants to ride. And YES it only takes me 5 minutes to take it off or put it back on. Here's my secret. The first time I took it off, (while i had it off) I put the liner back in. From underneath (so as to properly line them up), drilled holes thru the liner. Now when i install it or remove it, i simply screw the 4 screws directly thru the liner. Looks fine from the inside, and never have to remove the liner. This saves 2 steps in removal. The lanyard, and removing the liner. Fast and easy.
 

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I removed my trunk and never replaced it. I have the Fort Worth rack and use the BMW Motorrad Bag attached to the rack with quick disconnects. The bag is waterproof, holds what I need to take with me on long trips, and sometimes serves as a back rest when I mount it onto the pillion seat instead. (See attached photos).
 

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Thought i'd chime in on this slightly old post. I've also removed the trunk, and yes there is a noticeable improvement in the riding experience.
As far as the Fort Worth Rack, i discovered a great option that in way less expensive. BMW motorad club posted this new video, and i immediately ordered what i needed. Total cost 78 bucks on Ebay. In my humble opinion, it looks as good if not better than the Fort Worth. Check it out.

 
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CCjon.. Would love to see a picture of that lt with Sidecar
 

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I too have been considering pulling the rear trunk in favor of a rack on my 2002 LT with Hannigan Sidecar. That video looks like just the trick to move me to it! Thanks for the Info.

CCjon, congrats on the new "hacked" '99. I agree let us see some pics please!

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Sidecar? I would love some kinda clamshell, pop-up camper kinda sidecar. Cargo only, no passenger.
There are several folks that make cargo sidecars. not to sure about a "camper" sidecar (I have seen them done but they are usually custom homebuilts) here are a couple of links to businesses that do standard and custom sidecar work.

Freedom Sidecars: Welcome to Freedom Sidecars LLC
DMC Sidecars: DMC Sidecars | Motorcycle Sidecars, Motorcycle Trike Conversions | Sidecar Frames and Accesories

One the eastern side side of the US and the other on the western.

John
 
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