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Old 03-01-2013, 03:23 AM   #361
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RE, nice job.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:52 AM   #362
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Good Lord....

I'm speechless

What does that apparatus weigh?

Looks like it will repel an impact from an Abrams!

HF

But you're screwed without those reflectors.....

Ps. Brave the desert heat, march to the garage, & snap another photo. Wanna see that top mount installed. Appears you raised the front of rack and slipped this underneath.....hhhmmm. What does the long rear support bolt to....the muffler mount? Are you sure the rear frame won't bottom out against the tire? Or, is there just no jumping allowed in the desert? This is the most intriguing tinker-toy I've seen yet.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:04 AM   #363
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^ cut him some slack. The bags are on and he is riding it around!
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #364
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Wow...I didn't realize the lic. plate mount was appart of the rack system! Great idea

Do you think that rear mount point (extending from the lic. plate area) is absolutely needed?

GOOD JOB!
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #365
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Cool idea RE. Do you think the plate will get munched if the rear shock bottoms out? Hard to tell by the photos if the clearance is there. Can't wait to see it loaded up.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:06 AM   #366
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The top mount:

Loaded with the bags, turn signals wired:


I thought the brushed heat shield looked tacky. Fixed that:


The license plate bracket is 8.5" above the tire. The top of the tire is 7.5"from the plastics under the tail so it will bottom out there before it hits my rack.

The additional brace probably isn't necessary but i wanted to eliminate all wiggle/play.
Its stout enough to serve as crash bars.

I would say it weighs about 3-4 lbs without the bags. I can easily lift it with the tip of my pinky finger.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #367
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Shield looks MUCH better in black!
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:54 PM   #368
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Excellent job!!
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:03 PM   #369
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I rode around yesterday until the gas light came on.
Then the digital display showed an 'R' and a number aside it. As I rode, the number increased.

Anyone know what this means?

I then filled up the bike and the gas light was still on as well as the 'R'.
I held down the 'M' button and it reset.
Other than adjusting the clock and this 'R' screen, what good is the 'M' button?
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:31 PM   #370
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I rode around yesterday until the gas light came on.
Then the digital display showed an 'R' and a number aside it. As I rode, the number increased.

Anyone know what this means?

I then filled up the bike and the gas light was still on as well as the 'R'.
I held down the 'M' button and it reset.
Other than adjusting the clock and this 'R' screen, what good is the 'M' button?
When you go on reserve----the odometer switches functions and starts telling you how many miles you've been riding on reserve.

My WR and my 950 does that too------------if you want you can scroll thru and get it back to the ODO or regular trip meter display.

The display that tells you how much fuel you've used just amazes me----------it's always spot on.

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #371
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Its Grill Time!

More work completed on my Campfire Grill project today.

Why do I call it that? Because the whole idea started when I was staring at a (old) spare grill in my garage.



Anyway, found a piece of stainless steel in the dumpster at work this week…..I kid you not. Looks like it was a protective sheet for a shipping crate of some sort. Never dreamed buying a mig welder would turn me into a dumpster-diving scavenger rat.

The discarded sheet was perfect for adding on to my grill. I cut out a piece and formed it into this:



Then welded onto my grill like so:



Now, I've got wings and am ready to fly…



Complete oil line protection front and bottom. Notice I extended it long enough to cover the hole in the bottom of the Motosportz skid plate (directly beneath the oil line).

Final finishing required a trip to my paint lab…..which consists of a coat hanger suspended from a tree limb.

Voila!







Plenty of oil line protection now, I think.





Looks good to me….might look cobbled to you. I don't care, I like it.

AND I can finally stretch my legs out now…..because I want to!



Yes, of course I robbed the highway pegs off my Beemer....still keeping with the "rules".

HF

Special note: this was my first attempt at a welding project for my bike…EVER. Always had to take my stuff to someone else up until I bought myself a little mig welder about a month ago. Great fun! If I can do it, so can you.

Next up: racks for my Wolfman Expedition bags. I'm slowly building up the courage….as you can see.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #372
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I'm really tempted to get a Terra. What's the output of the alternator? Has anyone here bought the Touratech hard bags?
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #373
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Good job HF.

Welcome to the fabrication world.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #374
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I'm really tempted to get a Terra. What's the output of the alternator? Has anyone here bought the Touratech hard bags?
400 watts - cant comment on the Luggage!

Sure love mine - gonna domp my 1200GSA - this bike is too much fun!

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #375
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More work completed on my Campfire Grill project today.

<<<>>>
Special note: this was my first attempt at a welding project for my bike…EVER. Always had to take my stuff to someone else up until I bought myself a little mig welder about a month ago. Great fun! If I can do it, so can you.

Next up: racks for my Wolfman Expedition bags. I'm slowly building up the courage….as you can see.
Great work, HF. What welder did you get that helped you create this work of art as a welder newbie? Do you use gas with it?
Your words of encouragement are tempting me to make the MIG leap.
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