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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Converted rack.

I wanted a rear rack for my V. I didn't plan on putting a whole lot of weight on it, i.e. a top box, so I figured I could get away with converting an existing rack made for another mc. I found one for a Hyosung Comet that looked close enough to fiddle with and ordered it from here; http://koreanbikeparts.com/index.php...fi-models.html

It was about $63 shipped. Here's what it looked like when I got it; [IMG][/IMG]
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Here it it is matched up to the existing bolts;[IMG][/IMG]

I had to do some cutting, welding, bending, and some fabricating to get it to work but here it is mounted after I powder coated it textured black;[IMG][/IMG]
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The right, front mount didn't come out as well as the left but it works well. I just need to get another eye bolt and bend it closer to the bolt. I'll probably re-do it this winter. I'm pretty sure I could easily add a back rest to the front mounts if needed based on the way the parts are attached. If anyone wants more info on how it's attached, or suggestions, let me know.

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Nice job. That was amazingly close to a fit right out of the box!

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Well, THAT turned out pretty well.

Wanna come work on mine?

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Thanks guys. I'm happy with it. When I started working on it, the goal was not to do any welding. I did weld washers on the rear mounts but didn't need to. It is close enough at the rear that a large set of washers top and bottom would hold it. The pipe itself is metric but very close to 3/4". That's what I used for the ends. I was thinking of cutting and splicing in the 3/4" pipe to move the front tabs up. The problem I ran into was that it was too narrow for the seat to go back on. That's why there are bend marks right by the rear mounts. I do have a bender from HF but not a torch to get it hot enough to bend it out. The front mounts are eye bolts bent up to go into holes under the 3/4" pipe. I drilled a hole and drove a roll pin into each to keep them from coming out. I could have welded them on (and still might) but getting them aligned right would be difficult.

I found that a 5/8" bolt would thread into the metric pipe. The front pipe assembly is a cut off 5/8" bolt pop riveted to the 3/4" pipe. I tried welding the cut off bolt to the pipe on the inside but my welder isn't hot enough (220v HF flux core).

A couple of the pictures make it look like the right side has a pretty sizable gap. A gap is there but it's not noticeable "in real life". It is something that is pretty easy to fix with a new bolt bent a little closer to the eye.

Because I used a 5/8" bolt to thread into the pipe, I'm thinking that a back rest, maybe even adjustable, could be added with out much hassle.

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Well, THAT turned out pretty well.

Wanna come work on mine?

Both of my kids live in Missouri and I really want to take a MC trip down there. They are in Warrensburg and Coal Camp. If I go, I'll give you a shout. Those Missouri road are mighty twisty south of 70.
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