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    So I've been putting the miles on my new to me TW and thought it would be nice to be able to carry a lunch or have a place to strap my jacket if I wanted. I have seen all the great racks in the pics here but they are a bit pricy for me. (Read that as I'm cheap) I was looking at many of the pics submitted here an on another TW fourm and saw some for a rack made out of flat steel stock. I'm sorry I couldn't find them again to give the guy credit for the idea but I based my rack on his and took it a bit farther.



    I had some 3/4 flat stock in the garage and basic welding skills so Here's what I came up with.



    I started by bending a rear support to mount in the turn signal holes and up and around the fender.





    Then I made the front supports that bolt under the seat.





    Added the sides and mocked it all up.





    Protected the bike for welding and clamped.





    After much grinding of my welds and some paint the finished product.









    It took me about 3 hours to do minus the paint. Used material on hand so the cost was nothing. In hindsight I wish I had made it bigger but I used what I had and can always extend it in the future. For flat stock it's very sturdy and I like that I can still still fold a jacket or whatever under the rack on the rubber pad. Anyway for now it suits my purpose great.
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    Nice job on your rack. Looks great.
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    Just want to say, "Cool !!!"

    Nice rear rack !!!

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    Those 90 degree bends look to be very clean and right on the 'money'. Generally I use a vise and mallet to help me out but have trouble getting a number of bends one right after the other in a row. How did you do yours? Gerry
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    yea that looks really good. you have nice metal working skills.



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    And you're going to sell them for how much to those of us that can't weld ??

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    Gerry,



    I use a post vise and heavy mallet to make the bends. You have to be sure to flatten the metal against the top jaw of the vise to get a good angle. The post vise (black smithing vise) I have is smaller with narrower jaws from the top to the bottom if that makes sense. That seemed to help making multiple angles in a short span of the flat stock. I don't think I would have been able to do it on my machinists vise. Also the jaws don't mar the work like the more aggressive ones on the big vise. It's also handy to have an anvil or other heavy duty object around for touch ups. I was thinking even if someone doesn't have a welder available you could always drill and bolt the the pieces together.



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    Quote Originally Posted by glas482 View Post
    Gerry,



    I use a post vise and heavy mallet to make the bends. You have to be sure to flatten the metal against the top jaw of the vise to get a good angle. The post vise (black smithing vise) I have is smaller with narrower jaws from the top to the bottom if that makes sense. That seemed to help making multiple angles in a short span of the flat stock. I don't think I would have been able to do it on my machinists vise. Also the jaws don't mar the work like the more aggressive ones on the big vise. It's also handy to have an anvil or other heavy duty object around for touch ups. I was thinking even if someone doesn't have a welder available you could always drill and bolt the the pieces together.



    Matthew


    True! Good thing I work at The Home Depot.. gonna poke around tomorrow while at work

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    Matthew, thanks so much for the insight on the Black Smith vise. I as well have a machinist vice and it seemed to wide to produce what you made. I seem to enjoy bending flat stock for various projects, but have noted, bends in close proximity to one another can be a challenge. Thanks again, Gerry
    Take care my Friend.........

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    Hello All, First let me say thanks for all the nice comments about the rack. This is a great site. Second, while looking around tonight I found the post that got me going building my own rack and want to give credit to TrailWhale for the inspiration. His idea and pics were a great jumping off point. Thanks TrailWhale.



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