08-25-2012, 08:50 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Northeastern Vermont
Originally Posted by Canuman
I'm Tom's field-tester for the E model racks. A couple of observations: with this, or any other rack, it's a very good idea to Loc-Tite all your fasteners and check them for tightness regularly. Tom uses hex-head bolts for connections. While arguably not as snazzy looking as Allens, they are much easier to get torqued properly, and far easier to find should you need a replacement.
Thanks Tim, that's all very good advice. I need to include the Loc-Tite recommendation to my installation sheets.
I use the hex heads because I think that socket heads strip out too easily. Many times it's the hex key (Allen wrench) that rounds off and then damages the socket head. I also think that most people have tools that will work with regular hex head bolts.
The lower left side mounting tab used for the side racks is tapped for a 6mm bolt. This should be replaced with a 5/16" or 8mm bolt as Tom and I did on my E. It's a simple matter of enlarging the hole with a hand drill and nutting the bolt on the back side. This takes about five minutes to accomplish.
I will be including that info and hardware as a requirement to anybody buying the siderack system for the "E".
On some of the other designs, there is a considerable load on the seat mounting bolts, which aren't very stout. Tom's design shifts much of the force down to stronger and larger mounting bolts on the frame.
Thanks Tim! -Tom
- '07 DR-Z400S, '05 DL650
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