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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Luggage rack install...

Damn, just installed the luggage rear rack. Nice piece and all but the allen screw replacement bolts are a bear to get all the way in. Only got two of em flush. Damn thing is tight as hell though.

I came across this: https://www.vn750.com/forum/index.php So, I think I'll try a reinstall.

BTY, in pushing in the tool box, the so called hinge on this piece of **** box tore about an inch. Why in gods name a small piano hinge isn't used is beyond me.

Aaarrrrgggghhh...............

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 07:44 AM
 
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Hiker your link goes to the main forum page. I tried to find a way to put a small brass piano hinge on mine with no luck. I was trying to do it without making holes for screws or bolts. I couldn't find anything that would stick reliably to the plastic. Ended up just using the electric tape reinforcement trick. I may go back at a later date and just use bolts with some silicon sealant.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Yea, if I remember an earlier post of yours, you said you'd did away completly with the box and added a W&M rear bag? I thing I'm going to go that route too. I've already put together a small tool kit, could keep it in my tank bag or a rear rack bag. I'm tired of ****ing around with the piece of **** box.

I have a question though. Ya think I need to add the higher sissy bar for a decent rear bag? What did you do?

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I was using the Willie max sissy bar bag before I went to the extended back rest for the passenger. It fit well. It ties to the sissybar/back rest with cords. It still works well even with the extended rest.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, could you provide a link or name/model# of the rear bag you used?

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 09:04 AM
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Be careful with the bolts on those racks and bars, they can snap off easily.

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Yea, I'm beginning to see that as a real possibility. Thanks...

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I just installed the sissy bar extension and luggage rack last weekend. It was definitely a bear to get those four replacement bolts in. I was cussing that little POS allen wrench and wishing for a couple of nice hex-hed bolts, especially for the two on the bottom. I did finally get them screwed all the way in without stripping them, but it was a real bitch. If you are going to have to remove them again to install the extended sissy bar I would suggest replacing them instead of reusing them.

I have a small tail bag on the way from Newenough, just big enough for my rain gear and a few more things. I also ordered a little tank bag just big enough for wallet, keys, shades & cell phone. I have a fork bag for my tool kit, sidestand plate, maps and some duct tape (the essential repair tool!). I don't use the tool box. The lock was gone when I got the bike. It has duct tape on the hinge and it is closed with a zip-tie.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I'll give it another go and try to get the bottom screws all the way in without destroyng em.

I have a nice small Cortech tank bag that I'm happy with. I'll have to pick up a fork bag for tools.

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