Givi E112 LED Brake Light Kit for E55 Top Cases
Great Product, Poor Installation Instructions
This is really a slick system, well engineered and a reasonable price. It really improves the rear visibility to following vehicles when you're stopping. Givi needs to improve the installation instructions. Important aspects are lost in translation to English and there were no instructions for wiring the base plate to the taillight wire.
November 23, 2015
bright but who did r&d wasn't
Cables to short to the battery and the battery connectors were too small, had to install my own. Who ever designed this thing did the easy way out and guessed at everything. More R&D needed. Also admore lighting kit is a must. Brake light only is a plus, but thinking safety running lights and turn signal would be awesome right out of the box. I'd glad pay $100 more just to have that all in one kit. One and your done.
May 27, 2014
Flimsy. Poor design, poor quality.
Givi went out of their way to design the case to accommodate the stop lights, yet not include them. The original reflectors have holes pre-drilled, and all that the case really needs is a dozen LEDs and some wire. Instead, Givi designed this kit, which consists of a new set of reflectors with LEDs installed in them, wire, connectors, and housings for the contacts on the lid and the base. For that, you pay 65 bucks. I wouldn't mind the price if the design and quality was great, but unfortunately, it is nowhere near that. Here are the flows:
1. The instructions are terrible. There seems to be an universal agreement about that, so enough said.
2. The gaskets on the new reflectors do not fit, leaving a wide gap, enough to let them flood. Had to seal them with silicone.
3. One of the screw channels on the new reflectors was filled solid, and required drilling. Luckily I had a 2mm drill bit on me.
4. One of the screws on the lid contacts was completely rusted.
5. The contact housing on the bottom is too big for what it does. It distupts the interior of the case.
6. The contact housing on the bottom, being fairly large, attaches with only two screws at the mid portion. As a result, it has a play of several millimeters on the top and bottom ends, leaving impression of flimsiness.
7. The supplied contact for the plate is way too tall to install without drilling a hole in the plate. Now I have to drill a hole in nicely painted aluminum plate? That plate is the only really nicely done, solid piece of the total system. Why not make this contact a lower profile and attach it with double-adhesive tape? I ended up making my own piece out of the cap I punched out of the bottom of the case, drilling two holes in it, and sticking in two spade connectors bent at 90 degrees.
Overall, I see my purchase as a waste. Have I not drilled holes in it and applied silicon to it to seal it, I would have returned it. If I knew what I am getting, I would have just purchased LEDs for the original reflectors which already have holes, and ran a wire over the lid instead of the bottom of the case. And I would have installed turn signals. This would have cost me $5. I will probably end up doing it anyway.
No complaints about Revzilla. The shipping was timely, and they sent what I ordered. But Givi really dropped the ball on this one.
September 30, 2013
Givi Light Kit Install for Maxia 55 case
Okay, I have now installed a half dozen or so GIVI products, and as was the case with the other products, the instructions for this light kit were poor. GIVI relies mostly on pictures which is fine but they do not always have instructions that directly correlate with the pictures. I am not a professional installer however I have what I believe to be professional skills and have received compliments from various professionals on my work. My point in making this statement is to set a foundation for my review. The complete install took me 90 minutes though that was after studying the instructions for 30 minutes in advance and also having my bike (2012 Concours 14) prewired for this install.(had brake wire and ground wire connections ready to go). More of the top case components needed to be removed than the product description leads one to believe. The components are not overly robust and when you re-install and re-tighten the screws you must take care to not over tighten them. To make this install as easy/efficient as possible you need to have a good selection of tools (for instance various size phillips screw drivers, punches to remove the blanks, and a small metric allen wrench). When I punched out the aluminum blank in the top plate I had to strike it pretty hard and also had to use a multi-step drill bit to enlarge the hole slightly due to burrs that were left behind. I then used a hammer and a block of wood to tap the connector into the hole. You need to have a fair amount of dexterity in your hands and fingers to work with the small electrical components and connections. I also wore a bright LED headlamp throughout the installation because some of the holes were difficult to see well. The light made it much easier. When completed i was happy with the results. The LED strips are bright when the brakes are applied. Overall I would recommend this mod however I would say to do the job right, the difficulty level is above average. Good Luck!
July 17, 2013
Nice-looking brake lights
I love how these brake lights look, and add safety to my commute. Installation was a hassle at times, and I had to make some changes.
I like how the contacts on the Monorack make reliable connection to the contacts on the bottom of my E55 case. Great system!
My changes: From the brake light wiring to the Monokey plate, there is no way to remove plate without cutting wires. I added a two-pole trailer plug, which is hidden under the seat.
I didn't like how the wiring ran from the taillights, through another set of contacts at the lock end of the case, and then to the bottom of the case where the contacts meet the Monokey plate. I felt it was overly-complicated, and took up too much room. So I simply ran wires along the top lid, down by the hinges, and over to the contact on the bottom of the case. I secured the wiring with hot glue every couple of inches.
June 10, 2013
Installation requires disassembling part of the case, punching holes in the case and the carrier, removing false lights and installing a flimsy assembly.
However the 3 sheet (printed both sides in 5 languages) is the poorest instructions I've encountered in years. There's a lot that the instructions don't cover, and there's nothing online that is of any help.
After several hours of trying to put the lights in the top case, I decided it just wasn't worth the risk of damaging the top case for lights that aren't really that bright and don't look like they will stand up to moisture and bumps.
January 19, 2013
Provides additional visibility when stopping
This light kit is made by Givi so it fits very well. The installation is fairly quick and easy. The connection with the stop lights is well thought of, so it is not in the way when you take the case off the bike.
Two things that I did not like:
1.It does not have running lights. It is just stop lights.
2.The lights are not very bright during the day, especially if the sun is out. At night the lights are very bright.
May 16, 2011