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.