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Mounting the QUICK-LOCK side carrier with TraX cases on a KTM 990 SMT


If you want to be flexible in your choice of motorcycle cases, and you're looking for a side carrier that you can quickly detach without the need for tools (e.g. when you reach your holiday destination), then the German manufacturer SW-MOTECH has the ideal system for you.


As well as being very high-quality, the SW-MOTECH QUICK-LOCK and QUICK-LOCK EVO carriers offer two key advantages: firstly, they can be removed in seconds via 6-8 quick-lock fasteners and, secondly, a range of adapters ensure compatibility with all popular brands of case. So you can simply carry on using your existing cases of a different make – and we think it's a no-brainer that installing such a flexible system will enhance the resale value of your motorcycle. The ALU-RACK top box carrier from the SW-MOTECH range blends perfectly with the lines of today's generation of motorcycles, instead of looking like a not very elegant afterthought.

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Sort all parts into subgroups

Before you start, make sure you've got enough space to work and lay out all the parts. You will need a good socket wrench set (with ratchet) and, ideally, a torque wrench. First check that all fittings are present and correct by comparing against the accompanying instructions and sorting the parts into the relevant subgroups. A lot is explained with illustrations instead of written instructions. Check the pictures to see if there are any special steps to be taken into account, such as relocating the turn signals. Generally speaking, SW-MOTECH makes every effort to develop products that do not require any changes to the motorcycle.

quick-lock bracket / luggage rack
Mount QUICK-LOCK bracket/luggage rack

Jack up your bike (e.g. on the centre stand). Start by attaching the QUICK-LOCK mounting brackets to the pillion grip. Check the instructions for possible variations in methods of detachment, depending on motorcycle model. During installation, only hand-tighten the screws initially. Once you have completed installation, align the carrier so that it is tension-free, and when you are satisfied that it's sitting correctly, tighten the screws to the torque specified in the instructions. This is important to prevent vibration damage to the carrier and also to ensure a symmetrical look.

quick-lock bracket / pillion footrest
Mount QUICK-LOCK bracket/pillion footrest

Attach the footrest plates, using the respective parts from the relevant subgroup.

quick-lock fasteners
Install quick-lock fasteners on side carriers

Now affix the quick-lock fasteners to the side carriers. The quick-lock fasteners are inserted through the holes at the end of the support arms. In order to minimise tolerance in the carrier system, the quick-lock fasteners sometimes need a little pressure to push them through the support arms. Make sure you push them through in the right direction. To prevent the quick-lock fasteners from falling out of the support arms, secure them from the other side with a lock ring. Once again, make sure you have the lock rings the right way round. Please note: Once installed, you will not be able to remove the lock rings.

side carriers
Align side carriers on mounting brackets

Now click the left and the right carriers onto the installed mounting brackets, ensuring that the side carrier arms rest properly on the mounting plates. In the next step you need to align the hand-tightened mounting brackets so that the carriers are positioned on the brackets free of tension. Then tighten the mounting bracket screws to the specified torque.


QUICK-LOCK carriers use SW-MOTECH's quick-lock fastener technology. When the locking bolt is turned, the disc springs are tensioned (bayonet fitting).

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Load capacities

Follow the case manufacturer's specifications for load capacities. The luggage rack specialist SW-MOTECH gives the permitted load on the product itself and/or in the installation instructions. Generally speaking, the permitted load is higher for side carriers than for top boxes. This is because a side carrier distributes the load more efficiently to the motorcycle frame. Top boxes should normally be used for stowing away clothing and helmets, while the side cases are suitable for heavier items and additional luggage.

Install cross-connector

Now attach the cross-connector to the rear mudguard. To do this, remove the license plate, place the cross-connector behind it and remount both parts in the original position (see the box on the right for more details).

adapter for trax case
Screw on adapter for TraX case

You can now tighten the remaining screws fully. The correct torque is given in the installation instructions. Finally, you now need to attach the respective TraX case adapters to the side carriers.


Cross-connector and relocating the turn signals

The cross-connector should always be installed last. Click the cross-connector into position to determine the exact securing point on the mudguard. On older bike models, there is often no specific position on the mudguard for the license plate, in which case you will need to drill two holes in the mudguard, as for securing the license plate. The cross-connector serves to brace the left and the right side carriers against each other, thus giving the complete system the necessary stability. This is why the manufacturer does not permit attaching only one side carrier to the mounting brackets. You might think that a plastic mudguard is not strong enough for this task, but in actual fact the mudguard only serves as an additional attachment point. And in the event that you need to relocate your turn signals, the cross-connector often acts as the new securing point.

However, this is not the case with the model shown (CB 1300). The KTM 990 SMT also does not require the turn signals to be relocated.

side case
Click on the side case

Once you have installed all the components, attach the cases to the side carriers to make sure everything is fully functional.

Install ALU-RACK

All side carriers can be combined and/or extended with an ALU-RACK. Check that the carriers are completely stable and there is enough clearance between them and fairings and exhaust system. Installation should take you around 45 to 60 minutes. Then you can test the amazing flexibility you have gained with the QUICK-LOCK carrier. Just click cases and carriers on and off – and hey presto! in seconds you have a tourer! The quick-lock fasteners are also available in a lockable version.

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Please note!

These tips for DIY mechanics contain general recommendations that may not apply to all vehicles or all individual components. As local conditions may vary considerably, we are unable to guarantee the correctness of information in these tips for DIY mechanics.

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