Home made rack for my top box
This is how I made a little rack for a top box that I had lying around awhile. It was an inexpensive off brand, but is surprisingly well made and most importantly strong enough to use as a backrest for a passenger. The plan was to stay cheap and simple since I primarily use it to give my wife a backrest when she rides on back which isn't very often.
The first and most important part was I paid $35 for the GIVI SR4114 arms from Revzilla. Then about $5 in nuts and bolts, $5 for the 1/8" aluminum sheet, and $5 for the paint. I originally paid $45 for the box and my wife and I made the pad for it. So, less than $100 total. It's not the end all in cool, but I really don't care. I will say it is handy and strong enough I trust it, so I might just leave it on for practicality. The GIVI arms are really much stronger than they are rated for. So here's some pics of each step:
1st pics are of the rack arms. Then I cut some cardboard to find a shape that worked. Next I test fit the top box with it's plate. Then I traced the shape on to the aluminum and cut the plate with a scroll saw. Next I mounted it and marked then drilled the holes, then I filed the rough spots smooth, sanded and painted it. Next I mounted it to the arms to see how it looked, then put the box mount on, then the box and lastly took a couple pics of the final result. Pretty decent for $95 and making the rack plate with a scroll saw and a drill-press. Of course the hard part was the arms, which were already made. I thought they were a great deal.
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