Fitting a cheaper top box on Metropolis
Please note, these are details of how I fitted a top box to my trike, it is not a comprehensive guide and neither I nor the site can take any responsibility if you attempt to follow these instructions and as a result cause any damage to yours or anyone else’s property, you should also note that following these instructions may invalidate any warrantee you have on your trike.
Top box: fitting kit
First off, I have to admit I got lucky here, I found the fitting kit online (without top box) for less than £20 delivered. After I received my order my kit the website was updated to bring the cost closer to £90, as the only other seller I have found on-line has the kit at 110 Euros, I assume when I bought it there was a mistake in pricing.
That said, with the official top box kit costing from £300, it is still possible to fit a cheaper version.
The Peugeot accessories top box kit comes with:
- A fixing kit (A08010)
- A Peugeot branded GIVI B47 Top box, with a panel painted to match the bike (A05892XX)
- A passenger backrest to attach to the top box (A05893)
This site gives a good picture of what you get with the full Peugeot kit: Fitting Kit
However, it is possible to fit any GIVI monolock top box to the bike, as you can see from the picture of my bike with a GIVI E300N2 Top Box, following this method will cost from £140 dependent on your choice of top box and accessories.
Top box: mounting
To fit this you will need:
- A Peugeot fixing kit (A08010)
- Any GIVI Monolock top box (make sure you get the free universal mounting plate they come with when new)
The two places I have found on line to order the fixing kit are
UK site: Three Cross Motorcycles
Belgium site: Peugeot Scooters
I ordered my top box from this site, which also shows you the range of boxes: Motorcycle Planet
What tools you need to fit:
- 20mm Drill bit (I used a step drill bit like this: 20mm step
- A Star drive ratchet set along this sort of line: Ratchet There are two star drive screws which have very limited access and you’ll need a ratchet to undo them.
- A small flat screwdriver for Mk1 models to undo the struts
- A drill, I’d recommend one with a variable speed setting as you will want to drill the holes gently
The Peugeot kit (A08010)comes with the fitting instructions, a scan is below, but they are not very clear.
More detailed fitting instructions:
- Start by removing the small backrest
- Remove the plastic cover from the screws circled in red in step 1 on the instructions.
- Remove the two screws
- Remove the backrest as show in step 2 by pulling it forward from the boot lid, it should come away with no significant resistance, if it is difficult, leave it attached until you remove the boot lid.
- Remove the two difficult to access screws near the front of the lid (circled in green on step 1)
- On the strut on one side, use a small flat head screwdriver to push the retaining clip at the top of the strut back slightly, then pop the strut off its top mounting. This should not take a great deal of effort
- Using the star drive ratchet set, undo the screw.
- Pop the strut back onto its mounting and then do the same on the other side
- Remove the remaining 4 screws
- You will now be able to remove the boot lid cover, however, it is a little tricky
- The boot is made up of the top painted cover, a metal supporting structure and the inner lining; you are just removing the top painted cover. Along each side edge there are 3 points where the top clips to the side of the boot lid, there are also two points where it clips in on the rear of the cover. It does not clip at all at the front.
- Start by unclipping the sides of the lid cover, this should not require excessive effort, you will find the lid remains attached to the very back.
- To remove the lid from the clips at the back of the lid apply firm but gentle pressure hinging the lid backwards and away from the bike, it does take a reasonable amount of effort though and I was worrying that I would break something!
- Once the painted cover is removed you will be able to see the four mounting points the rack will mount to. If you look inside the cover you will see four semi circles to guide you where to drill the holes.
- Drill out the holes in the cover, you are meant to drill at 23 degrees, but I didn’t worry overly about this, the guide holes are elliptical and you can manually lean the drill to make the right shaped holes, I left the holes slightly smaller than the guide and this worked fine for me.
- Put the grommets in as per the instructions on step 6.
- Ensure the mounting plates shown in step 7 fit correctly; use a little washing up liquid on each grommet to help slide these in place.
- Reassemble the bike, but do not bolt down the box mounts until all the bits you originally took off the bike are back on.
- Next, bolt the mounting plates to the boot lid, then the universal fitment to the mounting plates and then attach the Top Box…you are done!