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post #1 of 26 Old 12-14-2014, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Does this make my butt look BIG?

Hi Everyone,
I've been progressing on my DIY pannier racks and boxes.

Yesterday I had a trial fit of the aluminium boxes I have made, "does this make my butt look big?" LOL!

The racks I made were from solid mild steel rod and 5mm plate. Racks are now finished ready for powder coating, boxes still coming along. I worked out that the boxed are approximately 37 litres each!

What do you think?

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post #2 of 26 Old 12-14-2014, 06:40 AM
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My Happy Trails boxes make my Wee 1 metre wide across the back, but they have bevelled cutaways on the bottom so they don't ground when cornering.

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post #3 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 05:29 AM
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Well done....I was going to say 'you can buy these you know' but then they would not be yours, I think you have done good. Its a real bike now!

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post #4 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 05:45 AM
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That is a nice DIY and the engineering is plausible--under no circumstances,None,would I ride with that on my bike--sorry.
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post #5 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 05:53 AM
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I love my Andy Strapz soft Pannierz......much less panel damage when "Lane Filtering"....ha aha....

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post #6 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 03:58 PM
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Hell's Bells! And I thought my XJR with Hepco Becker panniers was wide!

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post #7 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 04:07 PM
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I had been contemplating taking the panniers off my bike but last night my friend said they added character to my bike and it would now look strange without them. I think he's right!

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post #8 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 04:32 PM
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How are the panniers attached to the racks?
It looks like they are bolted in the pictures.
If they are I would suggest that you remove them immediately and never reinstall them they will be a serious accident or injury waiting to happen and besides anything else you will have completely invalidated any insurance cover you may think you have.
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post #9 of 26 Old 12-15-2014, 06:39 PM
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post #10 of 26 Old 12-16-2014, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by windypoint View Post
Where's Walla Walla--thought you might be just up the road from here but not when you are talking Q backs?.
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