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    Learn from my mistake - re carrying spare gas tank

    I have a Cycleracks cargo rack and had attached a Kolpin Gas Can bracket to it to carry about 1.5 extra gallons of gas on my 2006 T-Dub.



    All had been fine till recently when I went to lift the tail end by the cargo rack and found things loose. Uh Oh.

    Turns out, the weight of the gas can had stressed things too much while trail riding I think. The bracket which is welded to the rack and provides the rear mount points on the motorcycle had broken at the weld!

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    So yeah, don't do like I did.

    I hope to get it welded back up (presently camping, fixed it temporarily with holes drilled and using a bracket along with safety wire). I did crash the T-Dub while riding some gnarly ( to my limited skills) single track and the rack held up fine....Of course, the way I crashed it didn't really impact the cargo rack much, the front end took most of the impact....no damage except some more scratches on the mirrors I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redlegsrides View Post
    That doesn't look like it is the original Cyclerack weld, but if it is, contact them and they should replace the rack for free.

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    been there done that, mine looked exactly the same. joemama weld has held so far.
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    As far as I can see, there is a long lever from the fixing points to the end of the rack. Any metal, welded or not, will crack earlier or later when constantly being bent. In consequence, it makes sense to fix at least the heavier gear at the front of the rack and lighter things behind. I saw similar problems on car racks, fixed on the back of cars. When you go off road, the weight multiplies with the acclelerated movements, and 20kg can become a force of 100kg. Good luck and happy riding!

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    Same fuel mount caused same CycleRack fractures for me too.
    Fix that weld then watch for what fails next.
    Unfortunately carrying the fuel on the rearmost cantilevered mounting option creates the most destructive stresses.
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    Hemann Rack Supports. Dirts a Flyen SanDue
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    I actually mounted my RotoPax to the top of my Ammo box/ top box, which sits on my cycleracks. However, I also placed a (prototype) dampener to help with deflection and sway. (got it from Wersonst.) It has worked flawlessly in the year I've had it installed, plus I think the weight of the whole shebang being evenly dispersed over the rack instead of bouncing along the back bar helps greatly too.
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    That's Rex T.Dubber at Lamoille Canyon before or after the big fire?
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    After. It was this past May actually. Below was the Lions Club camp that burned down. That's why there's no lodge or cabins visible in the picture.
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