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I cut new braces so I have inside and outside support. I need longer threaded rods to compensate for the extra 1/8" of aluminium and to leave room for the safety pin. I will cut 2 at 3" for the front and use the 2 1/2" that were in the front for the back. I may end up going another 1/2" longer for my next project, well it isn't really my next project since I'm still in the middle of a tank shift/foot clutch project but it is the next project I plan on starting.

The braces measure 8" for the outside and 7 1/2" for the inside. I'm using 1/4" machine bolts to hold them top and bottom. 3/4" for the top (I'm using the original mounting holes and they have a wide grommet) and 5/8" for the bottom.



I mounted them up and they feel rock solid. I will be cleaning and polishing them tomorrow and if all goes well I'll have them painted black and mounted up this week.

Outside and inside. I also cut out the netting on the inside. It was getting in the way. I will clean it up with a razor blade later.





Here's a shot of the saftey pin thing that I will try to use if I can drill a tiny hole in the threaded rod. I will keep the wing nuts from turning out.

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Only thing I might suggest would be to try to round off the ends of your braces and smooth them out a bit. They look pretty sharp right now.
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Only thing I might suggest would be to try to round off the ends of your braces and smooth them out a bit. They look pretty sharp right now.

Yeah, I plan on cleaning and polishing them tomorrow. I was using a cordless dremmel with a cutting wheel, correction, a bunch of cutting wheels to chop them. At work I can get out the air tools and then shove them in the bead blaster.
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Thread a nut onto the bolt before you drill your through hole for the pin. When you have the hole drilled, then back the nut off the bolt. This will help to knock down any burrs you will have (and you will have a burr) drilling the cross hole. This should clean the threads up so you can turn the nut back on when you assemble.
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did you have any isue's with the bags rubbing the shocks or belt gard i mounted some cheap bags the same way but the shocks rubed them now i mad a bracket to keep them out but the down side is they are not tight to the bike like yours, good job by they way looks good
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This is the brace I made to keep the bags off the shocks it makes them stick out which I don’t care for but it better than tearing up another set of bags
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did you have any isue's with the bags rubbing the shocks or belt gard i mounted some cheap bags the same way but the shocks rubed them now i mad a bracket to keep them out but the down side is they are not tight to the bike like yours, good job by they way looks good
Thanks, I already had the plans in my head before I bought the bags and knew I was putting them behind the shocks to keep them tight so rubbing wasn't an issue. I was already in the mindset that if I couldn't use them without being able to remove most of the evidence of haveing them I would rather let them get rubbed down. A friend of mine has brackets like yours but he didn't move his signals so his is doubled. They really stick out. Yours look pretty good.


SpartenDen: Thanks for the tip. I'm used to working with wood more than metal but I'm learning lately so anything helps.
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Can this be added as a Sticky? Easier to find for when I do my vegas mod.

Thanks for showing us this.
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I finished painting the strips and drilling the safety holes in the all thread. Mounted everything up and it all seems happy.

This is what the struts look like without bags. The all thread sticks out around 1". I'll probably come up with something to cover them later.



Here's the bags mounted with the safety clip installed. I threaded two nuts on the end of the all thread and tightened them. I put a .93" bit in the drill press and drilled through the end nut which gave me a straight hole in the all thread.





They are very stable right now and hopefully will stay that way.
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Looks good i covered my first attempt with chrome caps from auto zone and just a tiny bit of RTD (a liquid nails or sylicone type stuf) but now like yours the bolts are too long so i am working on some type of cover myself
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