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post #1 of 19 Old 09-09-2008, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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My $50.00 Hard Luggage and rack.

Being a cheap bastard, and after pricing most of the Hard Luggage I decided I could spend my money for a new riding jacket and pants instead. I built the racks using some square tubing I had left over from another project. It's a little heavy, but it should stand up to the beatings of the local gravel roads and hopefully my upcoming trip to AK. I have to finish grinding the welds, add a tool tube, and paint.

Any suggestions for paint? I was thinking bed liner on the rack, and maybe Hammertone black on the bags.








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If you drill two holes in that middle vertical slot on the lift section and put a U bolt through it with the loop on the outside and nuts on the inside you can put a padlock through it and have locking boxes. Worked on mine.
A couple of the U bolts on the lid give nice tie downs too.
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Not bad. Please update when painted, too.

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now that is one rugged and tough looking luggage rack.

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Hey, if you place a small burner under the rack, you can BBQ steaks on the go too...

Actually, well done. Bed liner coating would go well with that.

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It does look like a heavy beast, but a very well done heavy beast.

With the ammo cans and the rugged mil-spec look, surely the only possible tool tube would be https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=30004

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nice rig, where'd you get those cans?

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Thanks guys, I got the cans from a local Army Surplus vendor. I checked out that missile tube this morning, I'll probably go with the Owners Manual tube I saw in another post. Less work, I'm tired of welding for a while.

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Your custom rack looks great. Might I suggest that you have it powder coated. The bedliner paint will eat straps and bungies for lunch. I know this because I coated a trailer I once owned with a bedliner paint and after it ate through dozens of straps and tie downs I sold it. Powder coating looks better too. Be sure to post pics of the completed product.

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Wonderful!

If I had your welding skills, I think I'd try designing a bracket to fit around the license plate light at the back of the bike. That looks like that only fragile spot left that could be easily damaged.

I am not a fan of bed liner paint. I painted the rock sliders on my truck with the stuff. It does look good and give traction for getting in and out of the cab using the slider. But, when down in Moab, I slid along a boulder. The rock slider did it's job and kept the rock from damaging the bodywork. But the bedliner peeled off like the skin off an orange. I think power coating or painting with a flat black color would be just as good. The flat black can be easily touched up whenever necessary.

So perhaps you can add that to the earlier comments about bed liner eating straps, etc., as a real negative toward using it.

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