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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Purchased an used laggage racks on EBay with no bolts and struggling to find the appropriate bolt size and types. I have tried a 6MM which falls right through, 7MM seems to work but doesn't tighten down, and 8MM doesn't fit. Is it a thread type issue i.e., course versus fine? What am I missing, wasting gas going back and forth to Home Depot. Thanks in advance.

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Purchased an used laggage racks on EBay with no bolts and struggling to find the appropriate bolt size and types. I have tried a 6MM which falls right through, 7MM seems to work but doesn't tighten down, and 8MM doesn't fit. Is it a thread type issue i.e., course versus fine? What am I missing, wasting gas going back and forth to Home Depot. Thanks in advance.
I thought they were 8mm-1.25 pitch. In metric you have to get the proper pitch. I bought 2 last year at a local hardware store but I'm not positive on the size.

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I'm pretty sure he's right about the 8mm size.

My question However is the bolts are replacement bolts for ones already on the bike, so why can't you just take them out, go to a hardware store and find ones that match that are just a bit longer?

Am I missing something here?

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thanks for the help

hey Knifemaker, I do not have the original bolts or any since the bike did not have any when it was acquired.

The two bolts on the sissy bar I had and was able to replace, but I am referring to the two that are on the horizontal member above the fender.

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JM2001-I'll see if i can find the one you suggest. It feels lke a thread type issue.

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The two bolts on the sissy bar I had and was able to replace, but I am referring to the two that are on the horizontal member above the fender.

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Well, that's what I'm asking. Aren't there two bolts in that spot already holding the fender?

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Well, that's what I'm asking. Aren't there two bolts in that spot already holding the fender?
No there aren't. Yes they are 8mmX1.5 bolts. I used those holes to mount my rack to when I designed it. Just make sure you don't get them too long or they scratch your fender.
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Thanks everyone. I'll take another look at it tonight. As, M_Angell pointed out there isn't any bolts on the cross member, nor does the fender connecteat this point. I send a picture if I still have problems.

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I bought mine at the hardware store and got the perfect sizes from this website somewhere.... don't go back to the store until one of us finds that page.

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Here we go:

10mm head, 6mm x 20mm shaft bolts with a 1.00 pitch hold the luggage rack to the sides of the sissy bar. You need four of them. 13mm heads, 8mm x 20mm with a 1.25 pitch for the bolts that insert towards the fender. You need two of these.

Found at: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10533

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Ok, so the cross member has no bolts in it from the factory, but does have two threaded holes....


Just seems odd they would put two threaded holes there for basically nothing to bolt to. Keep in mind the first luggage racks they offfered did not use those holes, so it's even odder to me they put them there.......

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