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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Luggage rack installation problem

Ok, so I've got new bolts and the rack is in all nice and snug. Now the issue is that the black, plastic tool box (whatever it is called eludes me at the moment) will not fit. The four rack side bolts are SNUG but the tool box is wider than the distance between the bolt heads by almost 1/4" so it won't slide into place. The new bolt heads are the same size as the old bolt heads and the new bolts are a tad longer but not too long as to bottom-out up against whatever is inside. Comments?
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It's a tight fit, had to tip mine a certain way, then push it down and in. Don't remember exactly, but yeah it's a tight fit. Only went in one way though.

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Go ahead and tighten the bolts, might gain a little room. The bolts do break easy, so don't overtighten.

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I was just wondering about it. It seems odd that stock, factory equipment would be such a problem to install. If I have to notch the box I will since mine is not waterproof anyway. I don't carry anything in it. I was just surprised that such a simple operation is having an issue.

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Didn't cut mine, I think it does squeeze the sides in a little. Maybe the bottom left corner first, then work the other corner in. I keep my papers in there, sometimes an odd something or other that I'm not stashing in the saddlebags. Have four side pockets on the bags, so lots of places to put things.

When I put the Mustang seat on, had to cut a big notch in the fiberglass to clear the rack. Took a couple of rides and sold the seat, didn't like it at all, too painful.

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I wound up laying a scrap piece of wood on top of it and smacked the sin out of that with a hammer. First one side then another and it eventually squeezed all the way in. Should I have to later on remove it for some reason I'm going to hate the process of getting it out. But for now, its all done.

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just use the two bottom bolts on the back rest or use flat head bolts if you can find them.
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Ok, so I've got new bolts and the rack is in all nice and snug. Now the issue is that the black, plastic tool box (whatever it is called eludes me at the moment) will not fit. The four rack side bolts are SNUG but the tool box is wider than the distance between the bolt heads by almost 1/4" so it won't slide into place. The new bolt heads are the same size as the old bolt heads and the new bolts are a tad longer but not too long as to bottom-out up against whatever is inside. Comments?


I used 6mm by 25mm long stainless button headed Allen screws for mine, the threads in the alloy side bars that it bolts to art great so go easy, one was stripped on mine so I fitted 6mm helicoils to all 4 and all is good, the toolbox will go in past them!
Good luck!
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Mine goes in pretty tight as well. Maybe not as tight as yours sounds - but I had to force it in some.



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I don't remember in all my reading here that I'd come across anyone speaking of how tight a fit it is so I wanted to see if anyone else experienced the same thing. Now, if I could only find a certain something else as tight as this! But I won't speak about that, lest I offend someone with more tender sensibilities.
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National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
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