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Old 02-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #1606
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Well, this rookie got in a bit over his head this weekend. The wife left town and I tried to convert a plie of scrap metal into a moto carrier.

Tough puzzle on the cheap.
All materials and hardware were repurposed.
Had to buy new drill bits, welding wire, paint (for later), and a new welding helmet (on sale- impulse).

Caught a nice big spark in my eye (around my specs) while grinding. Luckily my ninja blink reflexes protected my cornea as my eyelids snapped shut, burning both top and bottom eyelid. Scared me a bit.

Not satisfied with it yet. Too flexy for my portly machine on bumpy roads. Have some other materials to re-do and strengthen part of it. More details later.

Be very careful there.You have the safety of OTHER road users in your hands.There is a bit of discussion on different hitch bike carriers on adv rider.Use google to search there are some good ideas and some discussion about how to tie the bike down too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #1607
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they're 7 bucks at HF, so don't kill yourself building one

The 4.5" grinders at HF are so cheap, it's almost worth having one set up with the dedicated guard for straight cuts.
Cool, new purchase along with a second grinder! I have beat my HF grinder silly, and it soldiers on.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #1608
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Trimming out the triangles would be easy with a bandsaw. Because you know, you need another tool.

Figuring out how to cut and bend the pieces parts is an interesting excercise. Kind of like metal origami. Must be an engineering project in there somewhere. As I looked at it, I wondered if the bottom/side piece could be attached to the other side. But then you have to look at the sheet of aluminum you are working with to decide how to get the most out of it.

Interesting excercise.
There is a art and a science to bending, thats for sure. I used to do a lot of bending and there were so many times I just went and sheared material and started bending right up until the last bend that couldnt be done, then I would realize if I had only done this before that it would have worked. I am really impressed how quick the kirkster nailed it on his first project.
Good bending is the perfect start to good welds.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #1609
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Be very careful there.You have the safety of OTHER road users in your hands.There is a bit of discussion on different hitch bike carriers on adv rider.Use google to search there are some good ideas and some discussion about how to tie the bike down too.
OK So you angle cut the receiver tube at 45* Take the wedge and add a plate with a hole punched into it On the other part you add a plate with a nut SOooooooooooo when you put all this crap together and tighten the bolt it takes the slop out of the hitch and REDUCES the wobbling

Sorry if this does not make sense - I've had a beer or six tonite
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:05 AM   #1610
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Be very careful there.You have the safety of OTHER road users in your hands.There is a bit of discussion on different hitch bike carriers on adv rider.Use google to search there are some good ideas and some discussion about how to tie the bike down too.
I appreciate all these concerns. Thanks. Why do you think I have deemed it unfinished without further strengthening? In the end, I won't use it unless I am confident it is safe.

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OK So you angle cut the receiver tube at 45* Take the wedge and add a plate with a hole punched into it On the other part you add a plate with a nut SOooooooooooo when you put all this crap together and tighten the bolt it takes the slop out of the hitch and REDUCES the wobbling

Sorry if this does not make sense - I've had a beer or six tonite
It does make sense, Cap. Maybe now that you're sober, you could clarify this for me though- wouldn't the hitch pin and your tightening bolt be occupying the same space (but be opposed at 90 deg)? Thanks
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #1611
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Panniers going together once again. The Dynasty makes me look better than I really am!





I just received some very nice stainless steel footman loops in the mail today. Lids and loops tomorrow!
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:04 PM   #1612
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^^^^

Curious. why do you taper the trailing end of the boxes? wouldn't just the leading end and side be sufficient for cornering clearance?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #1613
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Mainly for aesthetics. I think it gives it a nice, balanced look.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #1614
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Face the wrath of the critics. Now you know how I feel when I constantly get "poor penetration" comments.

I'm sure you will do a stong job to hold your toy on the back. Nice work. Sailah's is nice, too!

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I appreciate all these concerns. Thanks. Why do you think I have deemed it unfinished without further strengthening? In the end, I won't use it unless I am confident it is safe.



It does make sense, Cap. Maybe now that you're sober, you could clarify this for me though- wouldn't the hitch pin and your tightening bolt be occupying the same space (but be opposed at 90 deg)? Thanks
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:03 PM   #1615
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Mainly for aesthetics. I think it gives it a nice, balanced look.
It also makes them reversable and stronger. You can fit them on either side.

Jim

PS Plus they look better that way!
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #1616
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Face the wrath of the critics. Now you know how I feel when I constantly get "poor penetration" comments.
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Just tell the wife you're doing the best you can.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:45 PM   #1617
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It also makes them reversable and stronger. You can fit them on either side.

Jim

PS Plus they look better that way!
Never thought about them being reversable, but I guess so!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #1618
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It also makes them reversable and stronger. You can fit them on either side.

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Never thought about them being reversable, but I guess so!
i can't do that. left is left and right is right. even if nobody else could tell the difference. it's the Monk in me.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #1619
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Just tell the wife you're doing the best you can.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Hey? Why would you mount a bike rack to a weak pressed steel frame? Very strange that you would want to do that. Get it? My attempt at sarcasm from bumper fab.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:08 PM   #1620
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Just tell the wife you're doing the best you can.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


I was thinking exactly the same thing.
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