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post #1 of 17 Old 05-03-2008, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Stump the chumps: Luggage rack mystery

Ok, once again, I will throw this out here, and probably get the right response in about 5 seconds.... I love this place!

So, here's the deal. In the process of sorting out all the poor farkling done by the previous owner of Stumpy (04 Dl 650 :-), (can we say bolts that are suipposed to be attached by locking nuts, but are too short to actually reach the locking part of the nut??? ) I have finally gotten to the rear rack. It is mounted on an sw-motech plate, and holds my Hepco Becker topcase. First problem- it is clearly not meant to do it (it's not a HB rack). And here's why. Here's the rack (First question- who makes it?)



full version http://picasaweb.google.com/alex.ru/...11472995303970

and here's the back of the topcase


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http://picasaweb.google.com/alex.ru/...11490175173170

Notice that the back of the rack is a steel plate, and the hepco becker mounting wants a tubular rack. As a result, a crack in the mount is developing (you can see it in the mount, if you zoom in)

the previous owner already broke one of those mounts, and I don't feel like dealing with it again. So, what are my options??? I have thought of unbolting that back piece and going to a metal shop to see if they can just fabricate a tubular back for my existing rack, but that sounds like the backassed way to do it. Is there a hepco Becker adapter for SW Motech racks? Is there a different mount I can attach to my topcase that will fit the rack I have????

thanks troopers! any suggestions will help.

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First, lets get the pictures easily viewable. Maybe somebody who didn't have time to check the links will recognize the pictures.





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[QUOTE=greywolf;226676]First, lets get the pictures easily viewable. Maybe somebody who didn't have time to check the links will recognize the pictures.

Thanks! sorry about that
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So he was a poor motherfarkler?

you got that right!!!!
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So, noone has any idea what this rack is? darn.
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The formerly quick release portion of the sw-motech rack looks like a highly modified and hacked up Givi topcase plate. WTF the upright portion is for is anyones guess. Looking at all of the rubber baby buggy bumpers plastered all over it, would lead one to believe that whatever it was for, failed epically.

You really need to smack that guy you bought it from in the chops. Looks like something a KLR rider would do. :rolleyes:
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the hepco becker mounts to that upper portion, the rubber bumpers is what I put on it in the meantime because of massive vibration. I do want to smack the previous owner, so many things have been done wrong.... Is there any way, short of buying a whole new rear from Hepco Becker, to mount the HB topcase to that sw motech?

really angry....
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looks like it's a standard SW Motech rack.... but it fails to do its job... once again, boo for SW Motech http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...tview/220/533/


any guesses for a solution?
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