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Modifying Leather Saddle Bags

I just got a protac backrest and I noticed when I went to install it, it interferes with my saddle bags. I have to punch a hole about a half inch in diameter into the thick leather I'm just not sure about the best way to do that. Would an "X" with a razor blade do it? I want to compromise the integrity of the leather as little as possible...

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I just got a protac backrest and I noticed when I went to install it, it interferes with my saddle bags. I have to punch a hole about a half inch in diameter into the thick leather I'm just not sure about the best way to do that. Would an "X" with a razor blade do it? I want to compromise the integrity of the leather as little as possible...
If you cut an "x" over time the cuts will expand, if you cut a circle it will not.


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get a copper or steel pipe with the diameter of the hole you need, put the area of the bag a hard surface, heat the end of the pipe, and use a heavy hammer to punch the holes... I've done it on other products.. works well, not perfect, but it works...

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get a copper or steel pipe with the diameter of the hole you need, put the area of the bag a hard surface, heat the end of the pipe, and use a heavy hammer to punch the holes... I've done it on other products.. works well, not perfect, but it works...
nice 99vulcan, it acts as a punch. you can file a sharp edge on the one end if pipe wall is thick. i have used a circle cutter (small bow compass) on leather and gasket material in the past.
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If you cut an "x" over time the cuts will expand, if you cut a circle it will not.
Just get Knifemaker to send you a couple of 45 ACP cases, champher the case mouths a bit and get a block of wood and a hammer and bang, bang, and you are done...lol...
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get a copper or steel pipe with the diameter of the hole you need, put the area of the bag a hard surface, heat the end of the pipe, and use a heavy hammer to punch the holes... I've done it on other products.. works well, not perfect, but it works...


That all sounds good but not sure why you need to heat the pipe. You can take any metal tubing and sharpen the end a bit ( a bench grinder does it quickly) Use a phone book under the leather and whack it with your hammer. A 6 inch long piece of tubing is more than enough.

I would try to find a metal tube that was just a bit smaller than the hole you want so when you insert your backrest pipe? it seals around it well. ... I am guessing that is why you need the hole?

Can't you just shorten the rest?


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That all sounds good but not sure why you need to heat the pipe. You can take any metal tubing and sharpen the end a bit ( a bench grinder does it quickly) Use a phone book under the leather and whack it with your hammer. A 6 inch long piece of tubing is more than enough.

I would try to find a metal tube that was just a bit smaller than the hole you want so when you insert your backrest pipe? it seals around it well. ... I am guessing that is why you need the hole?

Can't you just shorten the rest?


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I'm not sure why.. that's jsut teh way my grandpa showed me, lol..

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That all sounds good but not sure why you need to heat the pipe. You can take any metal tubing and sharpen the end a bit ( a bench grinder does it quickly) Use a phone book under the leather and whack it with your hammer. A 6 inch long piece of tubing is more than enough.

I would try to find a metal tube that was just a bit smaller than the hole you want so when you insert your backrest pipe? it seals around it well. ... I am guessing that is why you need the hole?

Can't you just shorten the rest?


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Thanks for all the ideas. I'll definitely sharpen some pipe and make the hole smaller than I need for a tight fit.

I can't shorten the backrest. The brackets for the backrest go on first then the leather bags go over them, then the arms of the rest need be inserted in brackets. I need to hole punch the leather...
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I just got a protac backrest and I noticed when I went to install it, it interferes with my saddle bags. I have to punch a hole about a half inch in diameter into the thick leather I'm just not sure about the best way to do that. Would an "X" with a razor blade do it? I want to compromise the integrity of the leather as little as possible...
So, I assume it made it? Good luck with it

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