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Installation of SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sideracks on the Honda VFR800 VTEC

Posted on August 17, 2003 by TwistedThrottle.com There have been 0 comments

Here we have a very detailed article for installing the SW-Motech sideracks on the 2003 VFR800.
Brian Christoff recently contributed this superb and highly detailed tutorial for installing the SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock sideracks and color-matched Givi E41 Keyless sidecases on his '03 Honda VFR800 VTEC. This story is a great example of the power of the net - you certainly will not find this level of careful and thorough detail in any vendor provided instructions. The many images and careful instructions that Brian documented so well will make installation of these parts a snap for other riders.



Brian Christoff works in the tech field and is a regular on the vfrdiscussion.com forums.
SW-MOTECH Installation
August 2003 by Brian Christoff

NOTE: All diagrams and paperwork included with your SW-MOTECH rack is in German. The SW-MOTECH siderack specific to the Honda VFR 800 VTEC (currently 2002 through 2004 model years) includes an Installation Diagram which is somewhat helpful. My recommendation is to use the diagram and the following instructions simultaneously for a successful installation. Also included is a hardware list and the diagram and hardware list for the specific luggage adapter kit you may have purchased. See Appendices for the Diagrams.

Tools Needed: Flat-head Screwdriver, Alan Wrench Toolset, Set of Wrenches.
Optional Tools: Vice Grips (I used due to not having large Alan wrenches)

1. Layout all Hardware & Rack Components


2. Locate the hardware & upper rack tab for the left side.


.....a. Hardware includes 2 hex bolts, 2 washers, 2 spacers, and the left side upper rack tab.
.....b. Remove the left-side grab rail bolt caps using a flat head screwdriver.
.....c. Remove the left-side grab rail stock hex bolts


.....d. The hardware used for each upper rack tab replaces the grab rail hardware.
.....e. Place each hex bolt with washer thru the mounting holes in the left side upper rack tab and then place the spacers on the bolts underneath the tab.
.....f. Insert the assembled left-side upper tab on top of grab rail placing the hex bolts where the stock hex bolts were before removal. The first of 3 tabs is now installed on the left side.



3. Locate the hardware & lower rack tab for the left side.


.....a. Hardware includes 1 large diameter hex bolt, 2 washers, 1 nylon locking nut, and a lower rack tab (note: The lower rack tabs are identical for both sides.)
.....b. Insert the large hex bolt thru the left side passenger peg rack upper mounting hole. Insert a washer, the lower rack tab using the oblong mounting hole, another washer, and then the nylon locking nut. Do not over-tighten the lock nut as you will need to possibly move the tab to line-up the side rack.




4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the right side.

5. Locate the hardware & rear rack tab.


NOTE: The included diagram shows an item that is not included on my 03’ VFR that the rear rack tab is to be installed. To address this problem, I drilled extra holes into the rear rack tab and license plate for installation.


.....a. Hardware includes 2 bolts, 2 small diameter and 2 medium diameter washers, 2 nylon locking nuts, and the rear rack tab.
.....b. IF YOUR BIKE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MISSING ITEM MENTIONED IN THE ABOVE “NOTE”: Drill 3 holes equal to the diameter of the bolts in the rear tab. One in the center (which will be used to attach the license plate/rear tab combo to the fender), and one on each side of the oblong thru-holes in the rear tab. Drill matching holes in your license plate. Attach the license plate on top of the rear tab using 2 bolts, 4 washers, and 2 nylon nuts. Install the license plate & rear tab combo to the rear fender in it’s intended location. Next, use an extra bolt and nut to secure the license plate/rear tab combo to the rear fender using the pre-drilled hole in the fender (typically hidden by the license plate (See photo below with GREEN Arrow Indicator.)












.....c. IF YOUR BIKE DOES, IN FACT, INCLUDE THE ITEM IN THE DIAGRAM, it appears you will not need to drill any holes in the license plate or the rear tab. Simply install the hardware included thru the rear tab and into the item in question as shown in the diagram. The item in question appears to already be attached to the rear fender which provides the rigidity and stability to the rear rack tab.

6. Givi Adapters Installation
.....a. The SW-MOTECH Rack is compatible with many case manufacturers. When using with Givi Side Cases, the Givi Adapter Kit is needed which is an extra $20.
.....b. Hardware includes (for each side rack):
..........i. 2 bolts, 2 washers and two black metal wedge pieces that attach to the top of each rack.
..........ii. 2 hex bolts, 2 spacers, and 2 nuts that attach to the bottom of each rack
..........iii. 4 rubber knob spacers
.....c. Install the hardware as shown in the diagram provided by SW-MOTECH.




7. Locate and install the 6 quick-release bolts into each of the racks. Be sure to place the special washer on the end of each bolt after inserted into the rack arm opening. The spacer helps to keep the bolt attached to the rack arm when the racks are not installed on the bike.




8. Attach each of the racks to the rack arms using a flat-head screwdriver.
.....a. I found it easiest to first attach the rack using the top tab and quick-release bolt. Line up the rack arm and quick-release bolt on top of the tab and push quick-release bolt thru with the screwdriver. Once the bolt is all the way thru, tighten the bolt slowly until you feel and see the bolt lock into place on the backside of the tab. The backside of each tab has a special molded area where the bolt will lock into once inserted fully and turned clockwise.




.....b. Perform the same step above for the side and rear arm/bolt/tab attachment.
NOTE: This is where you may need to move the side tabs and line them up with the correct placement so that the rack arms & bolt can be attached. Once the side tabs are in the appropriate place be sure to tighten them fully with a wrench and large Alan wrench.
.....c. Repeat steps above for the other side rack.

9. Check to be sure that the racks and the rack tabs are secure.

10. The racks are now ready to receive the side cases of your choice.


Here is the finished product with Cases Attached:


Other pictures:











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