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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2013, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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I just built my second prototype rack for the rear. There were several objectives to building this, not nessesarily in this order: 1.lighten up the bike a bit 2.locate the turn signals under the grab rails so they're not as vulnerable to tip overs 3.to narrow the first part of the rack to the same width of the seat so my Giant Loop Great Basin Basin bag can sit back another 4" 4.include two open slots in the platform for a different bag (more on that next month)

I'm pretty happy with it so far but it needs to see some miles and tip overs to prove it's design. I'm already starting a third and completely different design I'll share next month.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-17-2013, 02:44 PM
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Very nice looking !!
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I just built my second prototype rack for the rear. There were several objectives to building this, not nessesarily in this order: 1.lighten up the bike a bit 2.locate the turn signals under the grab rails so they're not as vulnerable to tip overs 3.to narrow the first part of the rack to the same width of the seat so my Giant Loop Great Basin Basin bag can sit back another 4" 4.include two open slots in the platform for a different bag (more on that next month)

I'm pretty happy with it so far but it needs to see some miles and tip overs to prove it's design. I'm already starting a third and completely different design I'll share next month.

Very nice.

1 question what is to prevent it from tipping back? Are you using the threaded holes behind the tool box?

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-17-2013, 05:18 PM
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If you look closely at the rack you can see two holes in the area of those threaded nuts.

If you get it sorted out....I will bet you will have amny asking for a few! You may have found a good side job, if you're interested! You can make a good looking product!

What is it made out of? Getting good radiuses is something I have trouble getting personally. Nowhere near enough experience making them. Or have the necessary tools.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-17-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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@Spec, willys is correct in that I HAVE used all original mounting points including the two on top. I welded two smaller tubes intersecting the horizontal one. Inside each of those tubes is a shorter section if tube welded into place which creates a shoulder. This shoulder is the correct height to use the original allen bolts the stock rack came with.

willys, I've always wanted a good tubing bender for various projects but haven't been able to afford one... or three. I ended up building my own for the most common 5/8" .065 wall. I bought a Harbor Freight bender for 1/2" but not only is it made for copper tubing, it's radius dies are so sloppy with mild steel that they leave a slight distortion in the bend. I suppose that's "good enough" for certain rack applications but it still bugs me.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-23-2013, 09:55 AM
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Nice looking luggage rack my friend.
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Thanks Chris26! I plan on taking it one step farther with a third design which will be very similar to this one. I'll share as soon as its done!
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-09-2013, 12:06 AM
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Cool fab work.
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