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I've been slowly making saddlebag supports for a bit now. What could have probably been done in 2-3 hours takes a lot longer when you can only work on it later at night after your toddler goes to bed.

I used 1/8" thick flat stock, I want to say 1 1/4" wide. Plasti-dip for paint, 5/16 button head bolts, nyloc nuts, some washers and two 1" spacers. The current spacers are plastic, but those will be changed out for aluminum ones that are maybe a quarter inch longer.

I used a hacksaw to cut the lengths(two 10" pieces, four 6" ones), an 18v drill for hole duty(started out using my normal general purpose bits, got through 3 of the 12 holes in way to long and went out and bought a proper step bit for the rest) and a bastard file to take care of burs and sharp edges.

If I were to do it again, I'd not use 5/16 hardware. It's overkill. Technically you could also save some time drilling holes, and the selection of spacers(at least at home depot) was better for smaller diameter bolts. I would also do something to round all the square edges over. I'll probably still do that at some point.

A good, sturdy table would have been nice too. Maybe I'll just ask my wife to sit on my folding one in the future to help keep it from being a little wobbly.


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That's a nice bit of work - and you have the satisfaction of creating something that looks like it will work well and didn't cost you a bundle. How cool is that?!
 

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I commend you on your fabbing!
I always try to make something before I just buy something. Heck of a lot more satisfaction that way!
I suppose these are for soft-bags you throw on?
 

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I commend you on your fabbing!
I always try to make something before I just buy something. Heck of a lot more satisfaction that way!
I suppose these are for soft-bags you throw on?
That is what they are for, yeah. Basically to keep bags from folding under into the rear when, and keep them from drooping onto the exhaust. It also gives better points to secure the bags in place instead of the passenger pegs and license plate area of the fender. They are actually much more solid than I would have initially guessed, so that's an added bonus

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So I borrowed a bench grinder from my dad, and will use it to round off the pointy corners of the rack. I've also got a set of saddlebags on the way, which will hopefully be here tomorrow.

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So I borrowed a bench grinder from my dad, and will use it to round off the pointy corners of the rack. I've also got a set of saddlebags on the way, which will hopefully be here tomorrow.

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Oh yes. Rounding off the pointy corners is a very good idea. I wonder how I know. :wink2:
 

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Oh yes. Rounding off the pointy corners is a very good idea. I wonder how I know. :wink2:
Funny you should mention that

I stripped the plasti-dip, and did some work on the bench grinder this afternoon.

Currently the first coat of new plasti-dip is drying on them


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Touch up is complete, now it just has to finish drying and go back onto the bike


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Much better


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I need to sort out a better removable strap set up holding the bags to the supports, but over all, it should work well.


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I need to sort out a better removable strap set up holding the bags to the supports, but over all, it should work well.


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Thank you for your posts schnutzy. You've inspired me. I've used your design, minus the spacers. (I bent the aft vertical bracket to account for the spacer. ) Just need to round the edges and coat with plasti dip. I am hoping to use Nelson Rigg saddle bags. Don't have them yet so I can't say if they will fit on the X300. I'll post some pics when complete. Thanks again for saving me a few bucks ;^)
 

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Thank you for your posts schnutzy. You've inspired me. I've used your design, minus the spacers. (I bent the aft vertical bracket to account for the spacer. ) Just need to round the edges and coat with plasti dip. I am hoping to use Nelson Rigg saddle bags. Don't have them yet so I can't say if they will fit on the X300. I'll post some pics when complete. Thanks again for saving me a few bucks ;^)
Wanted to post some pics of my version of a diy support. I countersunk the bolt heads at the lower ends of the brackets. The Nelson Rigg bags should work fine. Haven't put them on fully loaded yet but my guess is the right side should avoid being melted from exhaust heat.
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You can restrict your bit from "drifting" by using a center-punch, or if you don't have one - take a nail, hold it where your hole-center will be and give it a TAP w/ your hammer.

All-in-all - your work looks PDG!
 

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An old trick was to use a piece of tape to keep the bit from walking. We used masking tape but duct tape might work better.
 
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These are great ideas using simple materials and tools. I'm up for trying some of the exact same parts for my soft saddlebags to make them stay right where they belong.
 
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