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DaveMc
01-01-2011, 08:34 PM
Over the weekend I came up with a way to make the trunk on my Voyager a "quick-change" type (sort of). I can now remove/replace the trunk in as much time as it takes to turn four bolts and to connect the tail light and antenna wire. Here's the result. It might not be perfect (no trim over the place where the trunk bracket bolts to the frame), but it is good enough for me. The last pic shows the trunk reinstalled. I personally like the looks of the bare bracket better.

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I can post a set of instructions if anyone is interested.

rbentnail
01-02-2011, 11:14 AM
Well done! It's brain power like yours that keeps folks coming back. I have a factory trunk and mount for my FJR and rarely use it except for trips and deliveries but having it quick disconnect is really handy.

Mongo
01-23-2011, 05:54 PM
Very nice: Have you posed this on the Kaw Delphi Forum or VROC?

BTW: 09 Blue is the best color to me! But hey, I'm bias cuz I got one too.
\Your Brother in Christ\
Van
Over the weekend I came up with a way to make the trunk on my Voyager a "quick-change" type (sort of). I can now remove/replace the trunk in as much time as it takes to turn four bolts and to connect the tail light and antenna wire. Here's the result. It might not be perfect (no trim over the place where the trunk bracket bolts to the frame), but it is good enough for me. The last pic shows the trunk reinstalled. I personally like the looks of the bare bracket better.

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I can post a set of instructions if anyone is interested.

Transplant
03-15-2011, 05:18 PM
I'm looking at buying a Voyager and one thing I would like to be able to do is quickly remove the trunk to give it a more cruiser vs touring appearance. So, I would like to see your instructions.

DaveMc
03-16-2011, 03:48 PM
Here are the instructions:

Here's the procedure. The reason it seems a bit complicated is that the various trim pieces overlap each other, so you have to take lots of stuff off to get to the ones you need to remove. (Disclaimer: I am not legally responsible for anything that happens in the process of, or as a result of, doing this mod.)

1. Remove the plastic floor pan from the trunk. Press in the center of the 4 plastic "pop rivets" and hope the pan comes out without breaking the rivets (I broke one).

2. Remove the three screws inside the trunk holding the antenna mount, and then remove the bottom cover of the antenna mount (one screw). Then disconnect the antenna wire (held on with an 8mm nut) and pull it through the hole and into the trunk.

3. Unplug the tail light connector, inside the trunk.

4. Remove the tail light; 4 black philips head screws inside the trunk, and four chrome philips head bolts outside underneath.

5. Unbolt the trunk from the trunk bracket. Four 12mm bolts inside the trunk. Pull the antenna and tail light wires through the hole and out of the trunk. There are a couple of clips you will have to remove / open to get the wires completely free. You can roll these wires up together and stash them under the rider's seat.

6. Remove the chromed plastic trim from the bottom sides of the trunk bracket. Two chrome philips head bolts on each side connecting it to the bracket, and three chrome philips head bolts on each side connecting the trim to the bracket side trim.

7. Remove the bracket side trim. Three allen head bolts on each side holding the trim to the frame, and one screw on each side underneath the rider's seat (you'll have to remove to seats to get to these screws).

8. Locate the four bolts that connect the trunk bracket to the frame. Two 12mm bolts on each side. Hold the trunk bracket and do not let it fall and scratch your bags or fender! You should how have a clean rear end on your Voyager.

I may have gotten some step of this out of precise order, but it should be clear as you proceed which piece needs to come off to get to the next piece, etc. The goal of this first part is to get the trunk, trim pieces, and trunk bracket off the bike.

To make it a "quick connect" trunk:

9. Reattach the antenna mount to the trunk (three philips head bolts). Remember to include the antenna grounding strip (or whatever it is) with the bottom bolt.

10. Attach the bottom side pieces of trim to the trunk bracket with two chrome philips head bolts on the top of the outermost part of the bracket (on each side).

11. Bolt the bracket to the trunk. Remember to include the antenna grounding strip (or whatever it is for) with the left rear bolt.

12. Reinstall the tail light.

Now you should have a complete trunk (with side/bottom trim pieces and tail light) attached to a trunk bracket with bare sides -- the sides of the trunk bracket are exposed. To attach the whole thing to the bike, just set it over the back of the bike and line up the four 12mm bolt holes. Install the bolts, run your wires through the trunk and connect the tail light and antenna. You should have six allen head bolts and six chrome philips head bolts left over (these connect the bracket side trim to the frame and upper trim pieces).

Let me know if I can help in some way.

Transplant
03-16-2011, 04:03 PM
Thanks Dave. I was just looking at a 2010, over lunch, and now knowing whats involved to make the trunk a QR will help in making my decision. I like the "sport" cruiser looks of the new Vaquero but for the same amount of money I can get the 2010 Voyager with a lot more in the way of creature comforts. Decisions - Decisions.

DaveMc
03-16-2011, 05:09 PM
Just to make sure everything is clear: you have to go through the procedure I posted once, and after that you can remove/replace the trunk with just the four lower bolts that connect the trunk bracket to the motorcycle frame. Good luck with your decision. I was going through the same kind of process when I was considering a Harley -- the Classic or the Ultra Classic? I think I would have gone with the Ultra, which can be "stripped down" to look like a Classic (or a Street Glide). Similar thing with the Voyager vs. Vaquero, and I didn't see a trunk listed as an accessory for the Vaquero.

kenndb55
04-02-2011, 07:49 AM
NICE!..Please post instructions

jregnaud
05-20-2014, 10:26 AM
Question: Can the radio still be functional even with the wiring stuffed under the rear seat? Thanks.

CabezaCoco
09-25-2014, 12:15 AM
Thanks for the tip on this. I've been wondering about doing exactly this since just after getting the bike. I'll see if your instructions work on the '14 model.

djh3
12-20-2014, 10:52 PM
While the trunk is nice on any of the touring bikes it can be a hinderance as well. I use to have a 900 Vulcan classic. I put big leather type bags on it and a luggage rack and backrest. I could pack a ton of gear for the wife and I. I now have a Yamaha royal Star Venture. We love the way it rides, but as I have found out the last couple of years on long trips I cant fit near as much gear and it takes a lot of creative packing to take along jackets and rain gear plus the clothes you will need for a week or so. So with a luggage rack and the back pack style luggage I have I can actually fit more gear. They trunk it has to fit in it. The sto-n-go vacuum bags help a lot.
Cool mod you got there. I would wonder about the radio though, even though most bike radios dont work for crap anyways. Pandora for me. LOL

FlyNavy
03-08-2015, 03:43 PM
Love the look without the trunk and your color combo. I have an '08 900LT in blue and have been looking at the Voyager, as I want to do more touring.

Do you know if you can easily put a Nomad sissybar passenger backrest on with your mod? I want the best of all worlds. :-)

If Kawi would bring that color back, I'd be in line for a new Voyager ABS.

Cheers, .

Philippe721
04-15-2015, 08:42 PM
Hi DaveMc.
I want to thank you for being my inspiration for the removal of the trunk on my voyager. I posted comments and pics about it and gave you full credit.
I posted a link to this page for the instructions. (they are GREAT!)
To read my story click here:
https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-touring-sport-touring/206450-2014-voyager-trunk-removal-opinions-pics.html#post2624642