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Offline Daffyd

Fitting oem pannier racks
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:42:32 pm »
Good evening, I got myself a second hand set of pannier racks but I am battling to fit them. The right side rack bracket doesn't fit with the pillion footrest, see below. Any suggestions or information would be of huge help.

Thanks in advance

Kind regards
Daffy

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Offline Sommer Ek

Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 01:52:10 am »
Your Bike is it a GS or GS Adventure.

I give it to you as I understand it.
If you want to fit the racks on a GS you need to change the Pillion Footrest bracket as well.
Normal GS (as from factory) = Expandable panniers.
Verbal estimate to fit Aluminium side panniers to a normal GS will be somewhere around R30 000.  (Now I love my expandables much more. )
 

Offline OomD

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Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 06:15:09 am »
Yes, you need different rear footrest brackets.

When I bought my GS I ordered the standard pannier racks too, and even the dealers at the time did not know that it would not fit as-is. When they realised this they were kind enought to exchange the GS footrest brackets for those of the GSA. Perhaps a dealer would be willing to exchange yours?
 

Offline Mike Adendorff

Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 07:35:24 am »
@Daffyd

There are 2 brackets missing on that setup of yours. See picture below.

The pannier racks on the LC between GS and GSA are Identical. as the bikes are Identical (The GSA just has more stuff on the front end) the two bikes are the same thing.

Pillion footrests are the same between the two if you buy the BMW Pannier racks for the GS you are in essence buying GSA pannier racks.

What BMW have done is they fitted a bracket behind the pillion pegs that allows for the rack to be bolted on from the side.
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Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 08:29:20 pm »
See attached pic of different pillion footrest brackets. The left hand one comes with the GS, notice the extended piece that supports the standard vario cases. This extension piece is actually in the way, preventing the fitment of the GSA's pannier brackets. The Bracket on the right comes with the GSA.
 
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Offline Mike Adendorff

Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 10:16:34 pm »
See attached pic of different pillion footrest brackets. The left hand one comes with the GS, notice the extended piece that supports the standard vario cases. This extension piece is actually in the way, preventing the fitment of the GSA's pannier brackets. The Bracket on the right comes with the GSA.

Thanks Oom.  Shows again how small things are there that you dont notice. I was under the impression that little black plastic thing on the footpegs for the vario cases was just removed from my bike. Wel now I know. I would have sold my racks to anybody without being wiseser. Luve and learns. Thanks again Oom
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Offline Imran

Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 08:15:07 am »
I have a set of the GSA brackets(brand new) if interested? Make me an honest offer?
 

Offline Daffyd

Re: Fitting oem pannier racks
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 08:45:07 am »
Thank you all very much, I did not realize that the foot rests were different between the GSA and my LC, eventually just made a bracket out of flat iron to shift my right foot rest about 2cm forward and it now fits perfectly. I very seldom have a pillion. will eventually look at getting a GSA foot rest but for now this will have to do. Thanks again for all your input