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Old 04-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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 ” 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.
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From the pics it looks GREAT!!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That looks sharp as he!!.....

You could sell a buttload of those if you offered them up.
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I think that is cool. I do see what you mean about the polishing. I need a radiator cover made, if you need more practice on the software
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I would like one if you decide to sell them..
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Looks excellent, the width and spacing of the bars looks great.

I happen to be partial to the flat rack as opposed to curved, but it looks like you captured the fender curve very well.
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Looks great. One idea: You could make the front bracket a "notch out" like the passenger seat to there's only one bolt to remove when swapping it out. I did that to a stock rack i bought.
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Looks great. One idea: You could make the front bracket a "notch out" like the passenger seat to there's only one bolt to remove when swapping it out. I did that to a stock rack i bought.
That's exactly what I did, look at the 2nd pic. I added short spacers under the bolt heads to profide space for the notched bracket to slip into. Because there will have to be a small amount of clearance needed for the bracket to fit, I make the angle of bend in the front bracket to be a bit less than what is necessary for the rear bracket to rest on the mount on the fender. By having to "force" the rear bracket into position, a small amount of tension is aapplied to the front bracket, reducing the possibility of it rattling.

I appreciate the all comments. If you have a custom design in mind, send me a pm with you email and we'll see if something can be designed. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm not very artistic, but I can design most anything in AutoCAD.
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Ok my only question is..... WHEN WILL YOU MARKET THEM????? That is creative and it's pretty amazing at that.
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