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Old 03-12-2013, 04:31 PM   #1921
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nice find Luke
don't you have your own build to keep us entertained with





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On a metric bike?


That hurts. Especially since I just had to add inch hardware to mine.




BTW, inch or metric, I love these things:


They like to stay aligned, and there's a lot more meat on them so you can really burn into them without messing up the threads. Like anyone needs another excuse to order from mcmaster.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:38 PM   #1922
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #1923
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3/4" angle trimmed up...



...to weld to the main bracket for additional support.



Everything is fully welded. Shaping the tabs will have to wait until tomorrow.



I buy a nice rivet gun after getting a helpful tip from xcflyn. This thing is huge! It didn't look nearly this size in the pics.

I'm hoping to put it to use in the next couple of days!

Pannier racks should be complete tomorrow and I can start on the panniers.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:57 PM   #1924
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Pannier racks should be complete tomorrow and I can start on the panniers.
Looking great, Kirkster!
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:00 AM   #1925
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Looking great, Kirkster!
Thanks, J!

Getting ready to make some noise since the kiddos are awake.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:44 AM   #1926
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I like the design and attachments. The racks look lower than Jim's. Will the bags be riding higher on the frames, or am I just seeing things?

And Jim's idea of welding the attachments is brilliant!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #1927
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I like the design and attachments. The racks look lower than Jim's. Will the bags be riding higher on the frames, or am I just seeing things?

And Jim's idea of welding the attachments is brilliant!
Thanks! Yep, they are lower. The size,shape,height of each set was all determined by the exhaust cut-out of the left pannier.

Jim's had a hard 90, so that made the rack completely different.

Yours will have a 45, so they have to be lower for the same lid height.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:17 AM   #1928
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Tabs finessed with a 60 grit flap wheel.











Step one of many complete. Currently sucking down more high-test.

After sweeping all the grinding dust off the floor, I get to do some clean work! Pannier fab!

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #1929
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Ummm....are you sure about this? To fit your helmet and still allow for flange and gasket make the R side 12 3/4"...









Holding pattern in progress.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #1930
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Ummm....are you sure about this? To fit your helmet and still allow for flange and gasket make the R side 12 3/4"...



Holding pattern in progress.
Holy Smokes!! That's a big box! (That's what she said...)

I don't mind wide, given I ride with the Varios expanded all the time. However, I'll put the helmet in the top box, so let's scale the sides back a little bit. How wide are you thinking?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #1931
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Holy Smokes!! That's a big box! (That's what she said...)

I don't mind wide, given I ride with the Varios expanded all the time. However, I'll put the helmet in the top box, so let's scale the sides back a little bit. How wide are you thinking?
9" is pretty standard. Jim's are 10". These are nearly 3" wider than Jim's.

You tell me.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #1932
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If you discount the angle, and make it 11" wide at the opening, that would likely work. The angle should still allow the helmet to fit, but just not sit flat on the bottom.



Mine were just about an inch too narrow for a helmet.

BTW, that might make a good top box for me, cut down on length, if J desides not to go that wide. I want one that will fit a helmet, about 12X15X15 or so.

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If you discount the angle, and make it 11" wide at the opening, that would likely work. The angle should still allow the helmet to fit, but just not sit flat on the bottom.

BTW, that might make a good top box for me, cut down on length, if J desides not to go that wide. I want one that will fit a helmet, about 12X15X15 or so.

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Jim - I like your idea, but prefer the angle more than putting the helmet in.

Kirk - Let's go with a wide box (10" or up to 11"). Jim's right about that being a great shell for a top box!

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #1934
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Jim - I like your idea, but prefer the angle more than putting the helmet in.

Kirk - Let's go with a 10" wide box. Jim's right about that being a great shell for a top box!
You can still have the angle! The helmet just won't sit flat on the bottom of the pannier if you narrow it a bit. What did you need for the helmet?

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #1935
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That is an 11 1/2" opening. I need to allow 1/8" on each side for gasket, which makes the final opening 11 1/4".

a 5/8" flange + material thickness makes it a tad over 12 3/4" O.D.
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