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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2020, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I just upgraded from a suzuki vstrom to a 2016 fjr1300 and love it. It's way more comfortable than the suzuki but my girlfriend wants to ride on the back but wont without some sort of back rest so I was going to get the shad 58x box. But now comes the question everyone will love, i have read alot about the subframe issues and have a stiffy kit coming. If I get the aluminum yamaha mounting bracket with grab handles will I have to worry about subframe issues? I chose this one because it seems more solid, I like the way it looks, and i can powercoat it to match. But I want to make sure I'm making the right decision?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 12:32 AM
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Howdy. Welcome to the forum.


Suggest you add your location and bike to your signature.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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I cant seem to figure out how to do it. I dont see a way to add location under settings at all
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Go to the pulldown menu at the top of the forum page. Move to the right from [HOME] to [TOOLS] -> [User CP (Control Panel)] and on the left side ofgege the page, you will see where to enter or change all sorts of stuff.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks my phone wouldnt let me do it I had to go to a desktop
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 10:03 AM
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Christiang,

In answer to your question about the grab bar. Opinions will always vary, but the general consensus is the aluminum grab bar from Yamaha will provide enough strength for a topbox. You still have to pay attention to the amount of weight you put in it, regardless of what strengthening solution you go with.
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I wouldn't trust just the aluminum grab bar. The rear sub-frame has been an issue since the beginning of the FJR. Yes, these new metal grab bars are shown as correcting the subframe issue, and as @NealC says, you still need to keep the weight light on the top case. What cracks the rear frame is the top box's weight (even empty) along with the rhythmic oscillations that naturally occur with that mass, at the end of a torsion bar, which is what that back portion is. It's interesting, your girlfriend leaning back on the top case will minimize that oscillation. Try to always keep the weight low center of gravity (in the sidebags) rather than the top case.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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