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49 liter top case

I have the 49 liter top case for my 2007 GT. I want to drill holes to install a luggage rack and realize that this top case is double walled.
Does anyone know if the inside wall is removable? I'm concerned that if I drill though both walls then attach the rack, the walls may collapse and not be structurally sound. Has anyone had any experience with this?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2008, 9:55 pm
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Sorry I don't know the answer, but the case is mounted pretty high, I would be reluctant to put very much on top of it!
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Maybe heat would help?

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I have the 49 liter top case for my 2007 GT. I want to drill holes to install a luggage rack and realize that this top case is double walled.
Does anyone know if the inside wall is removable? I'm concerned that if I drill though both walls then attach the rack, the walls may collapse and not be structurally sound. Has anyone had any experience with this?
I wouldn't worry about hurting the structural integrity by drilling a few small holes, even through two layers. That case is bombproof.

See this short thread for a couple of pictures of a HD rack on a BMW top case.

I spent about half an hour trying to remove the inner layer of the top case prior to having it painted. It appears to be held together mainly with double-sided rubber tape. Once you get the passenger rest off, there's nothing obvious holding the inner and outer shells together. I pried around a little while and managed to start to separate the tape, but I got worried I was flexing the plastic to much and stopped. Heat might help soften the adhesive.
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Ditto on putting anything on top of it. Don't think I'd do it. You'd be asking for trouble.

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Do a search among the posts two years ago - there was a guy who fixed the rack on top of the case. There were some pics attached. He lived in Florida, AFAIK.

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Do a search among the posts two years ago - there was a guy who fixed the rack on top of the case. There were some pics attached. He lived in Florida, AFAIK.
If I remember correctly he used the ultra chrome rack that Harley sells for their boxes. After he put the chrome thing on top of his box, Harley dudes started waving to him.. He also got an overwelming urge to drink beer and and wear a do-rag under his skull cap helmet.

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Do a search among the posts two years ago - there was a guy who fixed the rack on top of the case. There were some pics attached. He lived in Florida, AFAIK.
I'm pretty sure that was Jpalamaro...


Yep, found it! The pictures are gone, but here's the thread:link


Here are pics of his awesome looking stead...
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I'm pretty sure that was Jpalamaro...


Yep, found it! The pictures are gone, but here's the thread:link


Here are pics of his awesome looking stead...
Yep, that's him. Thanx!

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I have the 49 liter top case for my 2007 GT. I want to drill holes to install a luggage rack and realize that this top case is double walled.
Does anyone know if the inside wall is removable? I'm concerned that if I drill though both walls then attach the rack, the walls may collapse and not be structurally sound. Has anyone had any experience with this?
From an aero POV, you can do it but what happens in high lateral winds at high speeds.

The force against the plane of whatever you add on top is multiplied times the distance you are adding vertically. Remember the warning about riding with the top case at speeds over 112 in the owners manual? They are covering their butts. You are adding lift/drag above that stated limitation.

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From an aero POV, you can do it but what happens in high lateral winds at high speeds.

The force against the plane of whatever you add on top is multiplied times the distance you are adding vertically. Remember the warning about riding with the top case at speeds over 112 in the owners manual? They are covering their butts. You are adding lift/drag above that stated limitation.
Yeah, but you could at least salvage the trunk rack and use it for a fire grate.

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