Backpack Conversion Installation Instructions

What you’ve got:

  • 1 X closed-cell foam back panel, predrilled for easy installation
  • 2 X adjustable backpack straps to add after you’ve installed the back panel


What you’ll need

  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • 8mm wrench
  • A small container for your hardware
  • Double Sided tape (recommended)
  • A cold one (recommended)
  • 30 minutes of your valuable time (estimated)


Step one:

  1. Temporarily remove your pannier mounting hooks and back panel
  2. Holding the nyloc nut in place from the inside of your bag with the 8mm wrench, loosen and remove all four Phillips head screws from your pannier hooks.
  3. Remove and set aside the hooks, webbing loops, and bungee from your panniers. Place nuts, screws and washers in a small container so they don’t escape!


Step two:

  1. Insert the foam cushion into your pannier
  2. Slip the foam insert into the pannier between the plastic panel and the back of the pannier and align the holes in the backboard with the holes in the foam insert. To keep the two parts correctly aligned you can apply double-sided tape to stick the foam insert to the plastic panel.


Step three:

Reinstall the pannier hardware
Just incase you lost track of the order the hardware pieces go in, we made you this list to attach each mounting hook to the bag correctly.

From the outside of the pannier inward two screws insert through the

  • mounting hook
  • webbing loop (catching both ends)
  • bag
  • foam insert
  • backboard
  • washer
  • nyloc nut

Hold the nyloc nut in place on the inside of the pannier using the 8mm wrench. Then tighten the Phillips head screw until it’s solid as a rock.

Repeat for each hook


Step four: Attaching your backpack straps
Believe it or not there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this.

The right way:

Slip the wire j-hook out from under the horizontal ¾” webbing strip and pull the white and blue bungee taught so that it parallels the black webbing behind the pannier hooks.
Stow the J-Hook in the elastic loop located on the side seam of that same webbing piece. Now it’s out of the way.
Attach the backpack straps to the dee ring located between the pannier hooks so that

  1. The snap hook openings face upward
  2. The openings of the G-Hooks at the bottom of each strap point downward.

Now feed the G Hooks through the webbing tabs at the base of the pannier.

Voila! Pannier transformed to backpack.


Final Step:
Last but not least, adjust your straps as necessary.


A word about safety from the people who care at Swift Industries
DANGER: Please do not use your bag in pannier mode with the backpack straps attached to the bag.

You risk serious personal injury if the straps get tangled in your wheel. For safe passage, you must remove your backpack straps each time you use your bag attached to your rack as a pannier.

In addition to removing your backpack straps, you should also feed the J-Hook back under the ¾” webbing strip at the base of your pannier to prevent your bags from bouncing outward when you go over bumps.

Thank you for riding safely, and happy trails!

XO, Team Swift