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Old 11-19-2011, 03:06 PM   #34681
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A bouncy rack huh?

ya something like this , makes since to me
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:10 PM   #34682
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:16 PM   #34683
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thats sure gonna help spud
did you make those support bars, mike
I have a good friend who is the maintenance supervisor at a diesel repair shop that has a supply of 1/4-inch thick, steel bar. I told him what I wanted, and he cut the steel bars, welded the short, angled extension on the right bar, and drilled the mounting holes for me.

I realize my subframe supports have limitations, so I try not to overload my luggage rack. Nevertheless, I believe the triangulated steel bars provide additional support, and they have worked well for me so far.







I'm sure your shorter, RotoPax rack that is positioned closer to the saddle will also reduce the stress on my bike's subframe, Mike.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:25 PM   #34684
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The stock battery box weighs over ten pounds. I might be wrong, but I don't think the subframe benefits from having the battery box slamming away on it.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:41 PM   #34685
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The stock battery box weighs over ten pounds. I might be wrong, but I don't think the subframe benefits from having the battery box slamming away on it.

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I suppose you're right. Now, I have to buy a welder (wanted one for ages anyway), a Shorai and whatever else I need to get rolling again. I think I am going to leave my battery box on and store tools or tubes or perhaps a compressor like Wattner did. Hell, maybe I'll leave use for other contraband i
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:43 PM   #34686
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The stock battery box weighs over ten pounds. I might be wrong, but I don't think the subframe benefits from having the battery box slamming away on it.

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what do ya think of this spring loaded rack spud
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:11 PM   #34687
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what do ya think of this spring loaded rack spud...


That's a nice "rack," but I'm sure it's pretty expensive.

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Old 11-19-2011, 04:27 PM   #34688
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Here's mine from last weekend. Repeated, forest road water-bar air, fully loaded apparently will break the subframe. Good thing I didn't have my C-Dub 7 fiddy rocket motor in, I would surely have snapped the bike in two.

I'm sorry to hear your bike's subframe cracked, Teach. It appears that particular spot on the frame seems to crack pretty often. Surprisingly, that area of the frame is already reinforced with a small gusset. I'm really surprised to see where Mike Bratcher's frame cracked the second time, after he had gussets welded to the subframe.



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Old 11-19-2011, 04:59 PM   #34689
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Anybody have a left hand mirror or can recommend a left hand replacement? I went down on wet trolley tracks, got away with bruised ribs and a spectacularly bruised left calf (where the bike landed,) and all that happened to the little red tank is a broken mirror and a scuffed handguard :)
Mirrors or mirror recomendations?
I went down on some trolley tracks in the Back Bay once during Hurricane Gloria. My buddy was behind and rode right over me. Luckily we were on BMX bikes!
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:14 PM   #34690
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I'm sorry to hear your bike's subframe cracked, Teach. It appears that particular spot on the frame seems to crack pretty often. Surprisingly, that area of the frame is already reinforced with a small gusset. I'm really surprised to see where Mike Bratcher's frame cracked the second time, after he had gussets welded to the subframe.



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thats what i am talking about its the vibrations and the welding making it brittle just moves where the next crack will be , you could slow down the cooling by wrapping the weld in sand but thats when it gets crazy,
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:38 PM   #34691
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The other thing about welding is that it can make the adjoining metal brittle. There does need to be a certain amount of flex in the frame. It's a very old design and has limitations.
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thats what i am talking about its the vibrations and the welding making it brittle just moves where the next crack will be , you could slow down the cooling by wrapping the weld in sand but thats when it gets crazy,
Perhaps the Twisted Throttle frame braces aren't such a bad idea?



So far, my Spud Struts are working pretty well; however, I don't want to test them by possibly overwhelming them with too much weight.





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Old 11-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #34692
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Perhaps the Twisted Throttle frame braces aren't such a bad idea? So far, my Spud Struts are working pretty well; however, I don't want to test them by possibly overwhelming them with too much weight.



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SPUD STRUTS I even like the name , but to easy to make , but if they work Ill make them cheap for you guys , unless you want this marvel of invention
I think your really on to something here spud , this might be it for you , then you can afford those spring mounted racks
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:57 PM   #34693
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SPUD STRUTS I even like the name , but to easy to make , but if they work Ill make them cheap for you guys , unless you want this marvel of invention
I think your really on to something here spud , this might be it for you , then you can afford those spring mounted racks
Let me state for the record, I'm not interested in selling my Spud Struts. In fact, I have stopped selling my chain rollers.

I also think my Spud Struts present two possible problems. Firstly, I'm not sure the left Spud Strut will fit on a bike that still has the OEM battery box installed. Secondly, the forward mount on the right Spud Strut could possibly shear the bolt attaching it to the frame gusset. Therefore, I think the Twisted Throttle frame braces are probably a better option for most, if not all other XR650L owners. The welded frame gussets might be an even better option, but I do think it's possible the frame can become brittle when the gussets are welded onto it. I'm surprised, and dismayed, to see how Mike Bratcher's frame cracked after he had the gussets welded onto it.

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:59 PM   #34694
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Let me state for the record, I'm not interested in selling my Spud Struts. In fact, I have stopped selling my chain rollers.

I also think my Spud Struts present two possible problems. Firstly, I'm not sure the left Spud Strut will fit on a bike that still has the OEM battery box installed. Secondly, the forward mount on the right Spud Strut could possibly shear the bolt attaching it to the frame gusset. Therefore, I think the Twisted Throttle frame braces are probably a better option for most, if not all other XR650L owners.

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Old 11-19-2011, 06:07 PM   #34695
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No.

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