Sprint ST FAQ's - Luggage and Installation

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Hard Pannier Installation Instructions ('99-'04)

The following links are for scanned images of the Official Triumph Installation Instructions

Top Rack Installation Instructions ('99-'04)

The following links are for scanned images of the Official Triumph Installation Instructions

Top Rack Easy Removal Mod ('99-'04)

If mounting the top box try this simple mod when adding the rack: Add a set continuous thread M8 1.25x 45 (or 50) bolts up from the bottom. Because the old plate was already threaded, they will remain in place even when you remove the rack. This will hold the strengthening bracket in place and will eliminate the problem of loosing the nuts and struggling each time you need to remove the rack (when removing the rear fairing).

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Pannier mounting instructions with comments ('99-'04)

The following is a copy of the text for Triumph Pannier Installation along with comments of the installer, Lex Offer

Luggage system Fitting Instructions SPRINT ST

(note: This a word for word copy of the instruction booklet that comes with the kit. I didn’t include the illustrations mainly to keep the file sized down. This is mainly to let you know what’s involved in installing the panniers. There are lotsa good illustrations in the instruction booklet. The stuff that’s in italics are my comments about my experience meant to help you.) - Lex

Also note, Lex makes several references to parts that are shown needing assembly yet he found them to be preinstalled. After the kits were initially introduced, dealers and customers complained over the amount of parts to be installed. Triumph responded by "soft-assembling" several of the pieces to speed up the installation process...... - Eric



  1. Remove the seat and disconnect the battery, negative (black) lead first.
  2. Remove the grab rail, disconnect the rear light cable and remove the rear body panel.
  3. Disconnect and remove both rear indicators (mine had red tape around wires for the right blinker, if yours does not you will want to mark your wires for when you reconnect.)
  4. Remove the bolt in LH rear sub-frame pannier mounting and discard. (Had a hard time figuring out what they were talking about but it the last bolt on the frame above the turn signals you’ll notice the the same spot on the right side has no bolt.)
  5. At the left-hand side of the motorcycle, undo the two M8 bolts securing the lifting handle (that’s that grey/silver fixed bar that the lock is attached to). Remove the seat lock assembly from the handle and detach the cable from the lock (pull the cable out your going to have to reroute it anyway and it just gets in the way when trying to install the pannier rail bracket). Remove the lifting handle. Retain (for reuse) the two M8 bolts and the lock mechanism with its securing screws.
  6. Assemble the replacement lifting handle from the supplied kit, as shown below: (This is a swing out handle which makes putting your bike on the center stand much easier, mine came already assembled. I think Triumph is shipping these assembled now.)
  7. At the left-hand rear footrest, undo the two footrest hanger securing bolts. Fit the new lifting handle bracket on top of the subframe plate, as shown below, and refit the securing bolts. Tighten to 27 Nm (19.9 lbs./ft).
  8. At the right hand side of the motorcycle, slacken (just loosen it, don’t remove it) the silencer to exhaust pipe clamp.
  9. Remove the silencer to footrest hanger bolt and rotate the silencer inwards, towards the wheel. (Before you do this be sure to get the silencer lowering bracket so that it’s handy also a new bolt and nut from the kit)
  10. Bolt the silencer lowering bracket to the footrest hanger, and secure the silencer to the bracket using a new M8X20 bolt (the big black bolts in the kit) and locknut from the kit. Tighten both bolts to 27 Nm (19.9 lbs/ft).
  11. Re-tighten the silencer to exhaust pipe clamp.
  12. Slacken the rear mudguard upper support bolts and position the strengthening bracket backplate as shown below. Align the backplate using two M8X20 bolts from the kit inserted through the backplate and into the holes in the top of the mudguard.
  13. From the underside of the mudguard, offer up (fit it from underneath the mudguard) strengthening bracket such that the mounting holes align with the M8 bolts from above and the upper arms of the bracket pass through the cutouts and locate between the mudguard support web and the upper frame rails of the motorcycle.
  14. Loosely (and they do mean LOOSELY, you will have to be able to move this piece around a bit later on.) secure the strengthening bracket in place with two locknuts from the kit. Align the holes in the strengthening bracket to the indicator holes in the mudguard. Do not fully tighten at this stage.
  15. Fit the left-hand subframe to pannier rail bracket as shown below. This slides between the rear subframe pannier mount and the strengthening bracket (This is not easy but with patience you’ll get it all lined up, I personally used a hammer to get this done) This operation may require the gap between the rear subframe mount and the strengthening bracket to be held open with a flat blade screwdriver or similar tool. (you will need to do this) Secure at the rear using one of the retained M8 bolts (use the retained and not one from the kit. The old ones are longer and it needs that extra length.) Inserted from inside the mudguard upper support web and through the upper arm of the strengthening bracket. Secure at the front with a new M8x20 bolt from the kit.
  16. Fit the right hand side subframe to pannier rail bracket in the same manner as for the left. ( first it looks different from the left side because the left side bracket has an extra bit for the seat lock, keep that in mind)
  17. Fully tighten all pannier rail and strengthening bracket bolts to the following torque values:
    1. Pannier rail brackets – 27 Nm. (19.9 lbs./ft)
    2. Mudguard to strengthening bracket – 12 Nm. (8.9 lbs./ft)
  18. On the top of the rear mudguard, drill an 8 mm (5/16ths will do) drain hole in line with the cutout in the strengthening bracket backplate.
  19. At the left-hand side of the motorcycle, route the seat lock cable between the upper and lower subframe side rails, to exit below the coolant expansion tank. (I unbolted the expansion tank. Just made things easier for me)
  20. Reconnect the cable to the lock mechanism.
  21. Fit the lock and new security backplate to the left-hand subframe to pannier rail bracket, using the original lock securing screws. (Check the holes on that new backplate, mine had two different sized holes I’m either going to have to modify the old one or retap and die the new one or find a bolt to fit.)
  22. Fit the Left hand side indicator bracket as shown below using M8x20 bolt and locknut, then the right hand side bracket. (these brackets were loosely attached to the pannier rail by a silver roundhead hex bolt you’ll want to remove them from the rail first before installing)
  23. At the left hand side of the motorcycle, fit the pannier rail lower support bracket to the left pannier rail as shown below using M6 Torx screw x2, rubber grommet x2, flanged sleeve x2 and M6 locknut x2, and tighten to 12 Nm (8.85 lbs./ft) Push the rubber cushioning block into the square hole in the pannier rail (I didn’t have to put the lower support bracket together like they say here. Mine came preassembled)
  24. At the left hand side of the motorcycle, loosely fit the pannier rail to the foot rest hanger, the pannier rail bracket and the indicator bracket using M8x45 bolt, flanged sleeve x2, rubber grommet x2, M8 locknut, M6x16 bolt x2, M6 washer x2 and M6 spring washer x2 and M8 domehead screw, as shown below. (All these parts were already located on the pannier rails just remove and use to install part on bike).
  25. Tighten the pannier rail securing bolts in the following sequence: (definitely follow this sequence it helps align the part for easier installation)
    1. Pannier rail to indicator bracket – 12 Nm (8.85 lbs./ft)
    2. Indicator bracket to strengthener – 12 Nm (8.85 lbs./ft)
    3. Lower support bracket to footrest hanger – 10 Nm (7.38 lbs./ft)
    4. Pannier rail center support bolt – 20 Nm (14.75 lbs./ft)
  26. Fit and secure the right hand pannier rail in the same manner as for the left.
  27. To each pannier rail fit a pannier rail latch as follows: (mine came already attached) Place a rubber mat on the Pannier Rail and align the holes. Locate the Pannier latch three fixed screws three fixed screws through the rubber mat and pannier rail. Place the backing plate over the three fixed screws and secure with the 3 M5 nuts. Tighten to 3 Nm (2.21 lbs./ft).
  28. From the 6 lock set select a lock for the pannier rail catch. They are identified by gold locking post and the position of the locking post in relation to the key slot, which is in line with the locking post. (Please note the remaining four locks have silver locking posts and the key slot is at 20 degrees to the locking post and are the pannier lid locks)
  29. Hold open the pannier rail latch mechanism and place the lock (in the locked position) in the lock orifice with the locking post pointing away from the catch. Push the lock unit it clips into position.
  30. There are two pannier sets a left and right. Assemble each as follows: (you might find this easier with two sets of hands, one to hold the halves while the others locate and pop rivet the hinges, I didn’t have that extra set of hands and it was a bit awkward procedure) On the inner pannier rear open the hinges. Lay the hinges on the pannier lid outside edge. Place a rivet plate opposite one hinge on the pannier lid inside edge and pop rivet through the hinge, pannier lid and rivet plate. Repeat for the other hinge.
  31. From the 6 lock set select two locks for the pannier. These are identified by their silver locking post and the position of the key in relation to the key slot, which is at 20 degrees to the locking post. (Please note the locks with the gold locking post and the key slot in line with the locking post are for locking the pannier to the pannier rail.)
  32. Hold open one pannier latch mechanism and place the lock (in the locked position) in the lock orifice with the locking post pointing away from the catch. Push the lock until it clips into position. Repeat for the other pannier lock.
  33. Place a rubber sheet on one of the pannier lid catch position lining up the holes. (catch position is indented with two holes in it.) Place the catch plate on the rubber sheet again lining up the holes. Secure the catch plate to the pannier lid with the 2 M5 screws through the backing plate. Repeat for the other catch plate.
  34. Open the Pannier lid. Place the two spire clips over the lugs (They look more like tabs to me) on the pannier lid. Fix the lid restraining straps attached to the pannier rear to the spire clips using the two M5 fixed washer screws.
  35. Clip the luggage restraining straps to the four fixing points in the corners of the pannier rear.
  36. Close the pannier lid. Peel off the protective backing to the Triumph badge and adhere it on the pannier in the indent provided. (if you miss dead center, you can pull it up and try again. Took me three tries on the first bag.) Reflective strips supplied should be applied to the pannier lid 20 mm below the Triumph badge.
  37. Cut out the paper templates and align with the edges of the rear mudguard. Mark the position of the reinforcing bracket holes. (What I did here was I taped the templates onto the mudguard. Then holding a finishing nail in a pair of visegrips heated the tip of the nail with a lighter then melted a hole through the mudguard at the centering crosshairs. This marked the center of the hole on the mudguard and provided a pilot hole.)
  38. Remove the templates and drill a 8mm hole at each marked position. (I couldn’t find a store that had 8 mm drill bits but found that 5/16 drill bit worked perfectly)
  39. Fit the reinforcing bracket to the underside of the mudguard, and the ant-vibration rubbers (alias Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers) to either side, as shown below.
  40. Fit the rear indicators to the new indicator support brackets (leaving out the washers) as shown below. Push the rubber boot over the connectors and onto the indicator nut and reconnect to the wiring harness. (This was difficult, But with some persistence is do-able. This is the step where if you marked which cable pair went to the right or left side is extremely helpful)
  41. Attach the two pre-cut lengths of protective rubber edging to the cutouts in the lower edge of the rear body panel.
  42. Refit the rear body panel and grab rail, reconnecting the rear light cable.
  43. Reconnect the battery, positive (red) lead first, and refit the seat.
  44. Release the catch on the pannier rail.
  45. Hang the pannier onto the pannier rail and ease the pannier sideways, towards the front of the motorcycle, so that the foot at the front of the pannier mates with the locating slot and latch mechanism.
  46. Push the pannier fully home against the rubber cushioning block and fasten latch.

Due to the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers this will be a bit difficult at first. You might even get temped to trim those back a bit. DON’T DO IT! If you end up triming too much your bags will vibrate and drive you out of your skull. I didn’t do that but another guy I know did. It’s really annoying to ride behind him. Looks like the bags are going to fall off.)

Well that’s it. You have now installed your panniers. Now just look at that sweat drenched smile on your face in the shine off your newly installed panniers