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Old 07-26-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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R90 Battery covers knot/hook up suggestions

Hi all, happy friday!

I've just kind of been staring at my side covers for about three weeks now trying to come up with a good way to connect them back to the bike.

Does anyone have any easy-ish thoughts? I've got a bunch of paracord and bungee cord that'll fit the 'notch'. at this point, i'm taking them off once a week for one reason or other (if i cant ride, i'm poking at the bike).

i was thinking some sort of slipnot thing, but this guy isnt a sailor and would just as soon not get home and find that one flew off on the road somewhere :)

thanks!
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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I use para-cord and just use a slip knot on a loop. Wish I could show it to you, as it is super easy to do. Pisses off the purists too!
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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Or you could tie it off in a big loop like a rubber band. Of course I don't trust even that and zip tie them individually to the frame down tube as well.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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...and industrial velcro, for the belt & suspenders look.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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On my '73 /5 Toaster (YMMV):

Go to Ace Hdwr and get a 5/16" extension spring an inch or two shorter than the distance between the sidecover hooks with two 3/4" or 1" diameter splt-rings (like key rings) attached to each end. Hook the split-rings over the sidecover hooks and they'll stay on no matter what. Depending on your battery/tray config you may want to skip some heat-shrink tubing over the spring so it don't go sparky. Did mine over 35 years ago...

A couple of so-so pics:





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Old 07-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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The right one is the one to be careful of. I just use a cable tie around the frame, then hook it onto the covers front hook that's designed for the rubber band.
The left one can be the same, but it's less likely to fall of its own accord.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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Go to Ace Hdwr and get a 5/16" extension spring an inch or two shorter than the distance between the sidecover hooks with two 3/4" or 1" diameter splt-rings (like key rings) attached to each end. Hook the split-rings over the sidecover hooks and they'll stay on no matter what. Depending on your battery/tray config you may want to skip some heat-shrink tubing over the spring so it don't go sparky. Did mine over 35 years ago...

A couple of so-so pics:



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that's a great idea. the 'hooks' on mine are all the way towards the front, though this may work quite well.

i'm gonna get out all the different types of strings, straps, velcro, cables, springs and rubber straps in my house and just go wild!
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #8
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that's a great idea. the 'hooks' on mine are all the way towards the front, though this may work quite well.
Bills pic looks like the toaster sidecovers. Different size and hook position.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #9
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Ah yes, my idea is for the older /5 (metal, chrome) side covers. It's just a way (that is proven to work) that could be adapted.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:13 AM   #10
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Ah yes, my idea is for the older /5 (metal, chrome) side covers. It's just a way (that is proven to work) that could be adapted.

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thanks for the great idea. i did this with a little gorilla glue and about $2.50 in parts from Ace. It fits well, though i may look around for a bit of a shorter spring, just to tighten it up a bit more:

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Old 07-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #11
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Glad that the idea helps. On the tension spring, you can snip it and bend one of the coils up into a loop to shorten it.

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