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Sydney Rider 09-17-2010 05:38 AM

Could someone in Sydney make me a bracket?

I want to mount my VisionX lamps on my DR with a bracket that attaches to a plate that sits below the four supports that come from the fork bracket and above the front mudguard;

... but I don't have the skills or the metal to do it.

If someone wants to swap their skills and metal for my beer I would be very happy - it doesn't have to be fancy and I would think that if I just brought the bike and the lamps it may not take long at all to do on the spot.

I am in North Sydney, somewhere close would be good but I need to have it finished by next Friday.

PM me if you can offer any assistance.


mike-s 09-17-2010 04:52 PM

Are they something similar to this (link)?
If so it ought to be a piece of cake for someone with the material time & skill to make it as it would only need to be a flat bit of metal, aluminium would do the job nicely.

If i got hold of the right materials i could do the job, but i'd wager that it wouldn't be pretty, at ALL.

aside from the base bit of metal all you'd need is a ruler, drill & bit set, file & hacksaw and you've got it.

Sydney Rider 09-18-2010 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by mike-s
Are they something similar to .....


That is the standard bracket that they come with.

I need flat plate with the four holes plus a bit of extra support where the lamps mount ( I will try and draw a picture of it and post it ).


Maggot1300 09-18-2010 06:13 AM

I'm in melbourne so probably not too much help but i manage a waterjet profiling company and it would be a 5 min job at the most if i had the dimensions you need for the plate (also carry plenty of 5083 ally in stock). if you can't get anyone local draw up something with the spacing for the 4 bolt holes and approx how much extra you'd need on the side to mount the lights to and I'll post it up to ya express but it might cost you a beer next time i'm riding up through Sydney:1drink

Sydney Rider 09-18-2010 06:22 AM


Originally Posted by Maggot1300
I'm in melbourne so probably not too much help.....

That is an extremely generous offer and if I cannot get a plate sorted tomorrow I will certainly take you up on the offer.


mike-s 09-18-2010 06:33 AM

If your worried about strength then a simple right angle bend/lip at the front or back of the mount with a few mm of material would be sufficient to strengthen the whole assembly up a fair bit. But if it was made from 5-6mm ally then i can't see it having much in the way of strength issues if it's going to be used for mounting two spotties.

And good on you mags, an absolutely awesome/generous offer.

Maggot1300 09-18-2010 06:34 AM

no worries mate :thumb

Sydney Rider 09-19-2010 12:35 AM


I tried to get a couple of people I know to make me a bracket but no luck ( one is away and the other too busy to even think about it ) so Maggot1300 if you are still happy to make me a bracket I would really appreciate it.

This is my standard front mudguard;

( a better/bigger image at and this is what I think will work for me;

( a better/bigger image at

As you can see I didn't quite make the equal but the template layout on the bottom of the image ( where there is not 'gap where I didn't have enough cardboard ) is the right one.

The scoop at the front would allow me to use a front guard tool kit but if its too hard then that could dropped.

Missing from the picture is the distance from the back of the plate ( non-scalloped ) and the rear bolt holes... and that is because I don't know who much metal should be there given that the weight of two lamps up front - Google tells me that each lamp weighs .25 pounds = 113.398093 grams so not much :-) I think 20mm would be enough but I would certainly accept any suggestions.

As well there is no distance from the front of the plate to the leading edge of the front bolt hole but this measures out as 110mm.

I didn't want to confuse the picture by trying to show where I thought the holes should go and then confusing the situation. I always get told to put down the tools when people see me doing things.... now you know why :D

I hope I have given you enough information - if you need more please let me know.

I have PM'd you an address for the delivery of the plate.

Thanks again for the great offer of making the plate, I will certainly buy you a beer or two next time you are in Sydney ( or I am in Melbourne ).


Maggot1300 09-19-2010 02:50 AM

easy as mate, I'l CAD it up tomorrow morning when i get into the office and cut it tomorrow arvo, I'll have it in the post Tuesday morning express so you'll get it Wednesday.

If i need any more info i'll PM you but it looks like i have all the dimensions i need. Only thing i can think of is i'll be using 5mm 5083 ally (light weight but will be strong enough) so you may need to grab a couple of longer bolts to re-attach the guard and I'll put a slight radius on the outer edges so you don't have sharp corners on the front of your bike :thumb

ararat 09-19-2010 03:09 AM

Super impressed
Maggot1300 you should get a medal for this. i buy you a beer any time we meet.:deal

jtb 09-19-2010 03:57 PM

I'm impressed too!

What a bloke! There are not very many 'good blokes' left in this world, but you sir are one of them!:nod :nod

Maggot1300 09-19-2010 11:16 PM

bloody hell you blokes are gonna give me a big head:lol3

SR the mounting plate is cut, It'll be sent off tomorrow morning on my way in to work and if I can work it out I'll put a photo up when I get home so you know what you're getting (and I'll make sure it fit's on the guard i pulled off yesterday as they have the same mounting holes):D

Any issues with it (wrong dimensions, holes out of alignment etc) let me know asap when you get it and I'll get it fixed up before Friday.

warnabrother 09-19-2010 11:42 PM

good on ya Maggott...

so, I assume you guys can do one off pieces then at your work ??

might have a few bits I would like made up..

Sydney Rider 09-19-2010 11:47 PM


Originally Posted by Maggot1300
bloody hell you blokes are gonna give me a big head

And so you should......

Thank you for that - I will get it as soon as practical from the PO and will be able to put it on my bike within an hour so we are all good.


Maggot1300 09-19-2010 11:51 PM

yeah i can make a few odds and ends:D biggest problem i have these days is i don't have access to a brakepress or a TIG welder so getting anything folded and welded is a hassle. flat plate ally, steel, foam, rubber, carbon, ceramics etc etc no worries (the ally for this bracket is offcut from a job i did for one of the FRP v8 supercars)

btw Warna I dive down around mornington most weekends so if you do need something done i can drop it off (i'll be diving at morington pier this Sat for clean up Australia day, unbelivable the amount of crap that's down there...)

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