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Old 07-25-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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DR tool tube

Ive been on call for work for a week. Been quite bored, so in between calls I spent a bit of time in the garage. Thought Id share one of the things my boredom produced...

Ordered one of these: http://www.agrisupply.com/operators-.../67670/c2p/hp/ Cut off the plastic mounting brackets and wiped off the yellow print with some carb cleaner. Removed the dinky stock tool kit and took some measurements to fab up this bracket:



After a bit of tweaking and a couple of rubber bushings between the bracket and the frame here's where it sits. Also took the opportunity to stash some zip ties and hose clamps on the frame:



Had to do a little trimming of the inner fender. Checked tire clearance with a straight edge...room to spare:



Some finished product shots:





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Old 07-25-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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Nice stout bracket!
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #3
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great work foxfire!!!!!! I really like the way you mounted it.........thanks for sharing

EDIT: Foxfire, can you share the dimensions of the bracket?

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Old 07-25-2010, 11:30 AM   #4
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Very nice work. What would you charge (if interested) a fellow DR350 rider to fab another bracket? My carb is a Kientech for a rebuild/refresh, so i'm tinkering with other stuff 'til it gets back.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:21 PM   #5
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I'm with the others. How much and how soon to make another bracket? Mine ripped off on a ride yesterday. Luckily I safety wired it to the frame, so I didn't just lose it.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:51 PM   #6
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Foxfire,
Nicely done. I went a similar route but extended the angle piece further back on the frame. ps..nice Renazco seat, love mine.





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Old 07-26-2010, 05:36 AM   #7
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Sorry guys.. Id love to mass produce it for ya but this was made in my basement with basic hand tools (read: beat into shape w/hammer), not very efficient. Id hate to charge for the time involved. Did I mention I was bored...

I may just give a call to the local machine shops and see what they say. Been meaning to make friends with a machinist. Hopefully someday I can afford the right tools (drill press, press brake, etc...).
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:11 PM   #8
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Great work--I've been fooling around with ways to mount the Agri-supply tube on the DR myself, and this looks like a great way to do it. Dimensions of your brackets, gentlemen?

I did drill the tube's cap and use the existing hole in the body to thread a length of coated cable in, as a cap retainer, with stoppers added onto the ends. Hopefully this won't let in huge amounts of water when I'm doing water crossings or riding in the rain; in any case I'll probably make an innertube liner for the tool tube, anyhow, and that'll be waterproof enough.

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Old 07-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #9
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been looking at that spot too wondering if a tool tube would fit.
obviously it does!
i like how you use the stock mount points.
any chance you'll make any more brackets? i'd buy one or trade ya a map.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:00 PM   #10
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I did something similar. you can cut up your charcoal canister bracket. no need to make a new one. I'll get some pictures if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:04 PM   #11
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Well I gave it a thorough shake down today. Along with a few other less dramatic get offs, she bucked me off about 3/4 up a steep slimy hill climb and landed hard on the left side...hard enough to snap off a blinker, shatter a mirror, and and leave some deep battle scars on the side panel. Then dragged/slid back down the hill.



All said and done...the side panel had pushed the tube in about 1/4" (bending at the tab on the frame of course ), but still not in the way of the tire. Actually I picked her up and rode hard for a few more hours and didn't notice til I was home and washing up.

Upside...the bracket is stronger than the bike.

Downside...the bracket is stronger than the bike...if you're planning to do this, you may want to look into reinforcing the tab on the frame. Though I think Ill probably leave mine as is cause Ill be installing some racks soon that will take the blow rather than the side panel.

I'll take some measurements and post em up sometime this week.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:09 AM   #12
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I did something similar. you can cut up your charcoal canister bracket. no need to make a new one. I'll get some pictures if anyone is interested.
Please do.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:29 AM   #13
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Question Straps ??

Hey 71tr ...

Where did you get the metal straps ??

Also are those Happy-Trail SU Racks ?? Did you paint them or did you get them from H-T in that color ??

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Old 07-27-2010, 10:10 AM   #14
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hard enough to snap off a blinker...
If you mount those blinkers to some stiff rubber strips, they'll probably survive next time.

Use a flat strip, ~ 2"x3/4", with a hole in each end. One end goes to the rack, blinker goes on the other end. This offsets the blinker from the original mount, whichever direction you choose (up, down, front, back). As long as it's hard rubber that is somewhat flexible, the blinker can get pushed out of the way instead of broken.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:47 PM   #15
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I've had a few people PM me. This is my quick, cheap solution.

Use 2 of these: (i think i used 3" sized)

can be found here: http://www.lowes.com/pd_302281-33599...hanger$y=0$x=0

cut off the long piece on the bracket and the two tabs off the tube, used the stock mounting holes and the side panel still easily fits back on:





Had it on for a while now, quite of rough off-road action, hasn't moved, hasn't leaked. I'm happy.

See it? (cap is on the ground)


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