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Old 03-29-2013, 05:42 AM   #7576
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:17 AM   #7577
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Pannier Rack Rotopax Mounts

I needed an easy solution to haul some more fuel on the bike. I eventually want to do the 2-into-1 exhaust conversion with an extra fuel tank, but for now this should work fine. I cut some side plates out of 3/16" 5052-H36 aluminum to mount the Rotopax cans to the racks. I bobbed the corners of the plates so I can still mount wolfman soft bags over the gas cans.

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The plates just cover the center line of the tubing for the pannier racks. They are held in place with the top halves of 1/2" hydraulic hose retainers. The clamps are built out of polyethylene with a stainless steel backing plate. These are much stronger than conduit clamps, and if I ever break one I can just turn the clamp 180 deg and use the other side. I'm not sure where we get these things, but I would guess your local John Deere / Case dealer may have some. I also cut out a few spacers to ensure the clamps would be properly aligned.

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Plates fit pretty well



Bolted on the Rotopax mounts








I still need to find some rubber feet to protect the cans from rubbing the bolt heads/plates. But other than that, this should work pretty well.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #7578
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^^ Nicely done. Mass production opportunity?
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #7579
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Pannier Rack Rotopax Mounts
I still need to find some rubber feet to protect the cans from rubbing the bolt heads/plates.
Why not counter sink the holes and use a flat head instead?
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:57 AM   #7580
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^^ Nicely done. Mass production opportunity?
Thanks! Indeed, that is a possibility. Check the vendor section shortly.


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Why not counter sink the holes and use a flat head instead?
I just didn't have any tapered bolts laying around. But you are right. Do you think the Rotopax cans should be isolated from the flat aluminum with rubber in some way? Will the aluminum plate eventually wear a hole in the cans?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:09 AM   #7581
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Mounted the GPS

I used the Touratech base that comes as standard equipment with the bike and mounted that with a modified U-plate to take my Garmin mount. It's secure and cheap since I didn't have to fork over $140 for the Touratech mount. It's not adjustable or lockable but seems sturdy. Will see how it holds up in the dirt. Added rubber band as safety until mount proves secure.





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Old 03-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #7582
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[QUOTE=mechanical;21060793]Pannier Rack Rotopax Mounts

I needed an easy solution to haul some more fuel on the bike. I eventually want to do the 2-into-1 exhaust conversion with an extra fuel tank, but for now this should work fine. I cut some side plates out of 3/16" 5052-H36 aluminum to mount the Rotopax cans to the racks. I bobbed the corners of the plates so I can still mount wolfman soft bags over the gas cans.



Are these plates made for the Gobi racks? If so this is something I would be very interested in if you plan on making more sets. I would love having the option to run my Gobi's or Wolfman w/ Roto Packs.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #7583
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I just didn't have any tapered bolts laying around. But you are right. Do you think the Rotopax cans should be isolated from the flat aluminum with rubber in some way? Will the aluminum plate eventually wear a hole in the cans?
I'm pretty lucky, Olander is nearby and if it has threads, they probably have it.

I don't know but I'd assume some kind of rubber spacer would be good. Spacer between the mount and plate.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #7584
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I did mine KLR style - less than $15. They hold up fine and the bolt head fall perfectly in the recesses on the tanks. The above looks like a much better option.

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Old 03-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #7585
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Scheduled her an appointment - front legs to be done by Super Plush next month!
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #7586
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My pockets are feeling lighter already

Installed the high fender kit, makes it look a little more dirtish. Was not an easy install but with some Macgyver style application it turned out well, also routed the brake lines to the outside (not in this pic) was not comfortable with them being so close to the tire.




Installed an SW Motech rack (removable) and some semi soft bags for travel around town. I have some 1600 Pelican cases that I will use for long trips (Baja soon), also found this Pelican top case (To much orange?)



Next up:

CJ oil change hose, I am waiting for the next oil chage to install.

ADV Monster LED lights, waiting for the mounting hardware.

Future:

Side stand relocator

Really enjoying this bike and the future rides it will bring!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #7587
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Installed crashbars and went for a ride today. Even found a little dirt.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:56 PM   #7588
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Finally got my bike ready today. Took it for a short spin, first time in like 2 months or so. 16 tooth sprocket is awesome, engine runs like a dream now with the valve setting and carb cleanup+sync.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #7589
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Installed the high fender kit, makes it look a little more dirtish. Was not an easy install but with some Macgyver style application it turned out well, also routed the brake lines to the outside (not in this pic) was not comfortable with them being so close to the tire.
I'd think hard about that one, they're usually routed near the wheel because it's safer to have them near the wheel than to have them snagged on something stationary when you're running through brush or rocks.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:48 AM   #7590
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I have only had the bike for two weeks now, but being 6'4" tall, adding risers was first on the list. I like to ride most of my off-road on my pegs and need to be comfy...... The previous owner already added an 18mm riser kit (0.70 inches), so with the addition of a shinny new pair of ROX Risers, the bars are now 2.7" taller......perfect for me.





The only change to the standard cable and wire set up, required that I flip the throttle cables 180 degrees.







More farkling is coming, but the wife and I enjoyed a nice ride yesterday at the foot of Pikes Peak, through Garden of the Gods.....and to Amanda's Fonda for awesome Mexican.


Adding a top box will have her feel safer, but she immediately noticed the additional 2" of leg room, over the VStrom and loves the cush ride of the 265mm of travel on this "S".

I have new decals on order, as I can't stand the bubbled and torn stock ones. I also have engine guards (SWMotech) and a Skid Plate (Slavens Racing) on order and will install next week.

I am sooooo ready for this riding season!!!!!!

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