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Water-jet cut rear rack
Since I have to learn the software for a new water-jet system where I work, I decided to have a little fun with some scrap aluminum…a rear fender rack.
After routing the edges with a 1/8” round over bit (w/ a dremel), bending and a lot of polishing (2 hours), here it is installed.
It looks ok, but I’m not all that pleased with the final results. First, I used the wrong alloy of aluminum. I should have used a 6061, but I’m guessing this material is 3003. It’s too soft and does not polish well. 2nd, I’m not happy with the bend. Having only a Harbor Freight hydraulic press available, I was not able to get a consistent radius bend. If I can find the time, I’m going to build a slip roller designed for bending ¼” aluminum.
The brackets are also water-jet cut from .070” steel and painted with black plasti-dip. The front bracket is slotted so to make it “quick(er) release” like my pillon seat.
I’m planning to try making others and in the process, incorporate custom design or logo. The next one to try is a flat version with a compass logo in the center (a friend’s business logo) that will bolt to the passenger back rest on his Yamaha 1300.
I’m not all that artistic, so if you have any comments for improvement or custom design ideas, please send them along. Maybe I can make a few of these for VR members.
'05 C90 Debadged, Naked Jugs, Custom Pipes w/ Street Glide Mufflers, Cobra FI2000, K&N Filter, SLOB Mod, MS Batwing, Hardstreet Slim Bags, Custom Rear Fender w/ VTX Tail Light & Frenched Plate, Trunk, Pass to flash garage door opener, custom made shift & brake levers, tachometer
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Last edited by imagineer; 04-02-2012 at 10:23 AM.