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post #1 of 13 Old 05-24-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Pics of Pack Rat and Ammo cans/ How to/ With pics!

Hey guys,

I got a package yesterday. Here it is.....



Taking well packaged rack out of the box I found......



Time to get to work. In the instructions you have to flip your mount for your tag. In this pic my tag is off.......



Those with sharp eyes can see the two bolts I took out on the left side of the bike. One is in the upper right hand corner and the other is in the lower left hand corner.



Here is the important part....drilling....I used a clamp I had laying around. It helps keep the rack attached to the box while you drill. I drilled using a 3/32" bit through the nuts first....Then I seperated the rack and the ammo box and followed up with a bigger drill bit of 11/32".



Here is the final rear view pic. I kept the ammo boxes low...below the the turn signals. I figure it is better for safety. I was going to mount them higher so I could lay something across the rear of the seat and the ammo boxes. I can still do that but I have to put something on top of each ammo box so that they are level with the seat.



Review of the PackRat rack made by Mark.

I'm glad I ordered this one. It is solid! It is well painted. It is so well painted it almost looks powder coated. Mark must be a craftsman IMHO. The bolt holes lined right up. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. The welds look top notch. Included with the kit are bolts that you attach the ammo cans to the rack with.....or what ever you will use for storage. The rack itself is strong enough to help you if you ever lay your bike down. In my case, the ammo cans will take a beating instead of the bike or myself. At least I should take less of a beating. Laying down your bike while moving is something you don't do for fun.

If you're thinking about making your own I ask you to reconsider. How much time will it take you to design your own? How much is your time worth? Will your rack look as nice as this one?

Mark's product is excellent. It mounts quickly and is very solid.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-24-2009, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here is a final pic. For some reason it wouldn't take the last pic.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-24-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Small review of ammo cans.

1) They are indestructable.
2) They are heavy. I've noticed in very low speed driving that it take a little more gas before shifting
3) Great seal. They are water proof and then some.
4) The tone of the exhaust is slightly more mellow. I like it.
5) They seem great for the KLR. Perfect size and a top loader.

Getting on the bike is no problem. When I dismount I sometimes drag the tip of my sneaker across the top of the left ammo box.

I haven't gone on an interstate trip with them yet. When I do you guys will know.

btw ........with the Packrack mount you don't need to move the turn signals.
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-24-2009, 09:29 PM
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They look good, do you know if they will fit a 2009?
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-25-2009, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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I would assume that the answer is yes but you'd be better off emailing Mark at: [email protected]
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-25-2009, 08:29 PM
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Tifford,

Nice do you have a web sight where you got the rack i would like to see more pics of it on the bike.

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-26-2009, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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http://www.packratadventuregear.com/

That is the web site. They have a few pics there.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-14-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Hi, I am also leaning for the Packrat rack, but isn't the back part of the rack that goes around the plate too low? My plate has been bent several times by the tire. Have you got any problem with it? Thanks,
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Hey guys,

I got a package yesterday. Here it is.....



Taking well packaged rack out of the box I found......



Time to get to work. In the instructions you have to flip your mount for your tag. In this pic my tag is off.......



Those with sharp eyes can see the two bolts I took out on the left side of the bike. One is in the upper right hand corner and the other is in the lower left hand corner.



Here is the important part....drilling....I used a clamp I had laying around. It helps keep the rack attached to the box while you drill. I drilled using a 3/32" bit through the nuts first....Then I seperated the rack and the ammo box and followed up with a bigger drill bit of 11/32".



Here is the final rear view pic. I kept the ammo boxes low...below the the turn signals. I figure it is better for safety. I was going to mount them higher so I could lay something across the rear of the seat and the ammo boxes. I can still do that but I have to put something on top of each ammo box so that they are level with the seat.



Review of the PackRat rack made by Mark.

I'm glad I ordered this one. It is solid! It is well painted. It is so well painted it almost looks powder coated. Mark must be a craftsman IMHO. The bolt holes lined right up. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. The welds look top notch. Included with the kit are bolts that you attach the ammo cans to the rack with.....or what ever you will use for storage. The rack itself is strong enough to help you if you ever lay your bike down. In my case, the ammo cans will take a beating instead of the bike or myself. At least I should take less of a beating. Laying down your bike while moving is something you don't do for fun.

If you're thinking about making your own I ask you to reconsider. How much time will it take you to design your own? How much is your time worth? Will your rack look as nice as this one?

Mark's product is excellent. It mounts quickly and is very solid.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-19-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Looks good man!

I just did the same thing on my 08 with Ammo cans, I got a frame from TPI and it bolted right up, no drilling and had a kit included to move the taillights with it. workrd out real well. heres a shot prior to the painting....




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post #10 of 13 Old 08-28-2009, 01:06 PM
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Capt. Stan - can you open the cans with that cargo rack in place? Looks like it impedes the top lids.
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