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Old 24th March 2012
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Default Home Made Sissy Bar / Back Rest? ~ Ideas?

Thinking of building a sissy bar with back rest.

- Looking for ideas and suggestions on materials, bending, structure, strength etc.
- I want it to be functional, to lean against, and to strap a back-pack to.

some do's and dont's appreciated.
creative approach welcome!
outside the box - cool.
Inexpensive - absolutely.

- I'm asking in the ironhead section, cause i know you guys have tons of experience doin things old-school style The idea may be used on both my iron and my evo.

Thanks again guys

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If it were me, I'd use some 1 1/2" x 1/4" steel for the brackets, drill mounting holes. 1"x1/4" steel for the upright, bend the upright around a small tree , weld to the brackets, rattlecan the whole shebang.

If you want to get fancy, use square stock for the upright & twist it.
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I have a small sissy bar that came w/ a project.
It mounts to early sportsters rear fender rails.
It is square tube, chrome is flaking.
I will sell cheap and you could easily build off of it.
Let me know if your interested.
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I've made a few over the the years using 1/2" or 5/8" square or round stock, sometimes a bit of 1/8" plate and a torch plus a bench vise.

First figure out how your going to mount it. Harley's are pretty easy because you can use saddle bag mounts or drill and tap the fender brace though the first one I made for a 74 Honda 750 I used worm drive hose clamps to attach it to the frame under the seat.

If you want to add scroll work etc you can use a bender like this one, http://www.harborfreight.com/compact-bender-38470.html though I've done the same thing with a vise and a bit of creativity. Look through the biker catalogs. you can pretty much make a variation on almost anything they sell.
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I started the project today. Using some angle iron for the frame, a piece of plywood for the back of the cushion (my wife sews) and some aluminum bar for the sissy bar part. It's all very "home fab" custom ~ But looks good too. I'll post some picks when i get done.
- So far... $35 bucks
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I just fired up the wire welder and turned @4 foot length of chain into a 1.5 foot tall sissy bar. Welded a 1" piece of strap between the sides at the top, and then used angle and channel iron to make new sideplates (wanted to move my signals to the back bolt so there was more room for my saddle bags).

I wasn't quite happy with how the sideplates turned out though, so I'm already thinking of a new version of those. Might have to actually draw them up, with dimensions, for future use if they turn out decent.
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What I have done is to take a piece of ornamental iron for a window covering and basically bent it around a stock sissy bar and welded three pieces of hexagonal stock as back rest holders. I drilled holes in the octo stock to receive the bolts for the back rest and the changeable back plate. Now mind you it ain't much(the cushion), but then again no one has ever really been a passenger on the back of my bike. I will try and get a pic and post it later today in the mean time here's the back side of it from a thread that I started in August of 09 ----- follow hyper link------http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...d.php?t=572457
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Here is the pic that I mentioned. NBF

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A freind of mine used an ornamental gate spike.from a cemetery !!!
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