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No you are thinking of that other stuff. Chitanium. E's got taiwanimum. Totally different but much the same.
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I was going to suggest large fender washers with rubber washers under them to spread the load and quell some vibes?
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It's certainly not billet, which it should be.
Cast ain't gonna hold up well no matter how thick.

Alignment bar is a bandaid.
They should use better material or start using them for license plate backing in my opinion.
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It's certainly not billet, which it should be.
Cast ain't gonna hold up well no matter how thick.

Alignment bar is a bandaid.
They should use better material or start using them for license plate backing in my opinion.
Why you want us losing our plates?
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I sure am glad I caught it. Yes, it’s aluminum (brittle aluminum).
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One of the mounting tabs on the bracket that mounts the cooler to the frame down tubes broke (presumably from vibration). The cooler was installed per UltraCool’s instructions and with no deviation <snip>Here are pics of the damaged bracket.

In this photo, it looks as there is no flat washer between the lock washer and the bracket. It also looks as the crack is exactly where the lock washer split (the sharp edge) is digging into the bracket.

If I am seeing this correctly, the lockwasher as installed is likely the cause of the failure.

If I were to install a new bracket, I’d want larger OD flatwashers between the lock washers and the bracket.

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it would be simple to copy/fabricate the bracket in mild steel for piece of mind.
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I have been riding my 2019 Iron 883 with a Hammer Perf. 1275 kit for about a month now. So far I have logged 710 miles. Well, today I was just looking the motorcycle over and to my surprise, I discovered something that was very unexpected: One of the mounting tabs on the bracket that mounts the cooler to the frame down tubes broke (presumably from vibration). The cooler was installed per UltraCool’s instructions and with no deviation. Thankfully the upper tab held, but if it hadn’t, the cooler could have lodged itself between the front wheel and frame tubes causing a loss of control of the motorcycle, or if the oil lines had separated, that could have also cause an accident or cost me another engine. Further investigation revealed that the bracket is constructed of aluminum (as a magnet would not stick to it) which appears to be very brittle. I am about to contact UltraCool to see what they say. As it stands right now, I am concerned about this happening again even with a replacement bracket. I am wondering if I should have a new bracket fabricated from stronger material and maybe even add rubber spacers to serve as vibration dampeners to compensate for the vibration? Has anyone else experienced anything similar with their oil cooler, whether an UltraCool or different brand? Please note that aside from this issue, I am extremely happy with the performance of my UltraCool oil cooler. I just have to figure out a way to prevent this, or something worse from happening again in the future. Here are pics of the damaged bracket.






Definitely Keep us informed. Really sorry that happened. I have a 2016 iron 883 with the hammer 1275 top end. And I also have the same ultra cool oil cooler as you. I haven’t gotten around to installing it yet and I’m glad I caught this and read this before hand. I am very sorry this happened to you and I definitely hope you’ll keep us all informed as I would like to find out what they say and if they offer any fix. Good luck my friend
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I received the new bracket which is still made out of cast aluminum, but slightly modified, in that the bracket now has threaded inserts with more threads.This is to allow the mounting screws to have a more solid anchoring point when attaching the bracket to the baseplate, which mounts to the left side of the oil cooler cover. It also came with the aforementioned aluminum alignment bar to ensure the clamps on the down tubes are perfectly aligned. I can actually say the upon installing the alignment bar I noticed the bottom clamp was not in perfect alignment with the top clamp, which likely caused stress to the bottom tab on the bracket when tightened to the lower clamp. Note: See pic from updated instruction manual below. The UltraCool Tech told me that this could lead to stress and eventually result in the tab breaking. He also said that they had seen this before; leading them to tweak the design a bit, add the alignment bat and revised instructions.

I took the bike out today and the cooler seems to be mounted rock solid again. I think I’d still like to have a bracket made from mild steel, but would like it to be made to the exact same dimensions/design as the supplied bracket.

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