Top Box (Trunk) Installation/Removal

Hey there friends! Time for our first tutorial, and boy are we easing into this one. I’ve picked what is probably the easiest possible thing you can do to an RX3. This tutorial is more of an excuse to show what the bike looks like without the top box installed. On the ChinaRiders forums this seems to be a common question, especially from prospective buyers who want to know before they buy. So of course I’ll be including pictures of that.

My initial thought for taking it off was I wanted to reduce weight & drag, as well as give the bike a sleeker look. After a hundred miles or so down the Pacific Coast Highway I can say it made no noticeable difference. What will make a noticeable difference is changing your sprockets, but I’ll get into that in another post.

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No top box!

TOOLS NEEDED

  • Ratchet wrench
    • 8mm and 10mm sockets
    • (Note: There are no written torque values available for this install as far as I have been able to find. It isn’t in the service manual and I haven’t been able to find them online either.)
  • 4mm Allen wrench

HERE’S ALL THE PARTS & HARDWARE YOU’LL NEED

  • The Trunk (Complete kit in link)
  • The foam liner
  • Top Box Support Plate (1)
  • Trunk Connecting Plate Bushing (1)
  • Screws (2): M6X20
  • Truss Head Bolts (2): M6x35
  • Allen Head Bolts (3): 4mm
  • Flang Bolt (1): M8X85
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Top Box with hardware.
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Rear Grab Bar without the Top Box.

INSTALL THE TOP BOX CONNECTING PLATE

  • Make sure you install the connecting plate bushing underneath the plate before you start tightening any fasteners.
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      You like that wavy arrow!?
  • Also make sure you get all the bolts lined up and at least hand tightened before you wrench on anything. If you tighten down the bolts closest to the seat before you install the Allen head bolts, the holes may not line up with the threaded ports underneath.

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INSTALL THE TOP BOX USING THE 3 ALLEN BOLTS & WASHERS

  • Tighten these bolts down because if they are loose the box will rattle. However, do not over tighten them or you will break the bolts. It might be a good Idea to apply some adhesive to these if you don’t plan on removing the box or upgrade them.

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TOP BOX REMOVAL

  • To remove the top box, you litterally need to follow this guide exactly…in reverse. Some of you think I’m being sarcastic but I’m being honest!

HERE IS THE FINAL PRODUCT

  • Fine job friends! Time to grab a beer and relax.

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Do you guys have any questions or comments about this? Hit me up at the contact link at the top of the page or leave me a comment. Again, 99% of you could all do this without a tutorial, but I wanted to put it out there anyway. Thanks for dropping by and stay safe on the road friends!

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Who are you, and what is this place?

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Hey there everyone! Welcome to my site. My name is Mike, and in this post I’m going to give you a quick and dirty of who I am and what you can expect to find on this site.

WHO AM I?

Firstly, I’m an active duty U.S. Navy Seabee. Don’t know what that is? Don’t blame ya, most people don’t. If you do know, well then next round’s on me. Sometimes my language may be a bit rough but I’ll do my best to keep it PG. I’m a happily married man with a beautiful baby daughter who brings more joy to my life than I ever expected. I recently came home from an overseas deployment and decided it was high time to pick up a new motorcycle. I’ll get into the weeds on that in a later post but long story short, I bought a CSC RX3 Cyclone, and I couldn’t be happier.

WHAT IS THIS PLACE?

I created this site for a couple reasons. There is a serious concern in the moto world about these new Chinese motorcycles that are currently invading our shores. These bikes are greeted with skepticism, confusion, and often times…scorn. I’m here to take rip the curtains off that mystery and help others who may be interested in purchasing a new RX3, or other CSC motorcycle to make informed decisions. How am I going to do that? Good question, here’s a list. I know how you like your lists.

  • Answering questions. All of them. If I can’t answer it, I’ll fight hard to find the answer for you.
  • Tutorials, to include step by step instructions with high quality photos for each step of the process.
  • Pictures, of my ride, my work, my trips, my mods, and the beautiful places my bike takes me.
  • Articles about the moto world. I’m not a flippin’ paid journalist so I’m not going to blow your pants off with my pitch perfect writing. In fact I’m much more likely to ruffle your feathers with my poor vocabulary and even worse spelling. Thank you spellcheck.
  • Resources: There are plenty of places on the net that I can help shed some light on. Need parts? Discussions? Forums? Event registrations? I’ve got your back.

WHO I’M NOT:

Though much of my content will be positive, I want to emphasize that I am not an employee of CSC motorcycles, and I’m not making any money by creating or maintaining this website. I’m just a guy who loves his bike and wants to share it with the world. I will do my best to keep my content honest, and present it to you in a manner that points out its flaws as well as its strengths. I’m a firm believer in never ‘complaining’ without offering a solution. So wherever I have the experience or know-how to make an informed, safe suggestion to a known issue, I will.

If any of this stuff interests you, go ahead and bookmark me. Put me at the bottom of the bookmark list, I don’t mind! Just check in on me every once in a while and please, do not hesitate to ask me anything, or to request content. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your time and support.

-Mike (Greasy Spanner)