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found a '07 with a cyclerack attached..........so I'm thinking what next.



on a rainy saturday I started with the positive terminal that bugged me



put a wire loom over the frame

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then saw a bolt missing from the rack....was actually broken off







lucky it wasn't a blind hole









then installed a fused power outlet direct to battery









positioned it behind windscreen









and grounded to frame, but I dont believe in drilling blindly into frame so I used an exhisting hole and bolted through...







all in all a productive couple o'hours
 

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found a '07 with a cyclerack attached..........so I'm thinking what next.



on a rainy sunday I started with the positive terminal that bugged me



put a wire loom over the frame

.

.

.

then saw a bolt missing from the rack....was actually broken off







lucky it wasn't a blind hole









then installed a fused power outlet direct to battery









positioned it behind windscreen









and grounded to frame, but I dont believe in drilling blindly into frame so I used an exhisting hole and bolted through...







all in all a productive couple o'hours
The first time I had the seat off I was suprised to see how close the positive battery clamp was to the frame. It bugs me everytime I look at it. I have dropped the bike a few times and have always felt a need to check the battery afterwards. While it has never caused a problem I think I'll do the same thing you've done. Thanks for the idea.
 

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Maybe invest in a torque wrench and learn how to use it.
 

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It looks like your rack is bent or not lined up properly. Might be an idea to see if you can straighten it or your new bolt will break again.



I only use a 1/4" drive socket set on any bolts with a 10mm head or smaller and still go steady.

Any thing bigger gets torqued to spec.



No stripped threads, no broken broken bolts.
 

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It may be different strokes for different folks but I had to put in the center two bolts about 3 threads in and then put on the side bolts and slightly tighten each of them kinda like a car tire going in an "x" pattern. It should distribute the force on the bolts evenly if you do it like that. Kind of a pita but it will be extra rigid and durable if you do it thatway. It's gonna be really hard to just thread a single bolt on a cyclerack



Also, i've been trying to figure out a quick release seat system but I cant find the right hardware. I'd like to do one of the screws with the hole in it you push a pin through...
 

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Make the hardware. Cut the head off a bolt. Drill the shank of the bolt. Drip a little permanent Loctite on the threads. Install the bolt in the seat nuts. Wait for the Loctite to set. Install the seat. Install cotter pins. Done.
 

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Thanks LB! Love the picture wire and terminal rings idea. Will be copying that one for sure. Headed to ace tomorrow for parts.
 

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uktw125 and qwerty..........thx. I'll put together a 1/4 drive set for the toolbox and dig out my Father-in-law's 1/4 drive torque wrench if I can ever find it again (wife packed it away ).






wow lizrdbrth.....the hitch pin seat link holds an excellent idea, might be in the distant future



edit: the torque wrench is a short 3/8 drive, only 8" long.......should fit in the road box
 
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