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Old 02-17-2013, 11:44 AM   #1711
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Agreed.
Nuked. Please remove it from your quote.
what quote...
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #1712
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Thanks for the reply.
Best of luck with your business, your boxes look AWESOME.
Thanks! Just met your buddy Kevin and his wife today. Nice people!

...it's gonna' be a good year!
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:42 PM   #1713
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Thanks, Bob!!!!

4 days on and 4 days off is hard to beat for a day job! This is turning into day/night job #2!
Let me know when you are hiring...

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Oh heck yes! I'd say that's quite the upgrade!



I'm quite happy with that!
You should be...they are awesome!
All those "other" companies that make Aluminum panniers are in for a hurtin if you ever decide to open for business.

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Thanks! Just met your buddy Kevin and his wife today. Nice people!

...it's gonna' be a good year!
Kevin and Rhonda are good folks!

BTW, missed you at the RTE yesterday.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:40 PM   #1714
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Thanks! Just met your buddy Kevin and his wife today. Nice people!

...it's gonna' be a good year!
Kevin and Rhonda are the best!! Period.

Great news about 2013 as well. I wish I was in the market for panniers!



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Old 02-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #1715
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Let me know when you are hiring...



You should be...they are awesome!
All those "other" companies that make Aluminum panniers are in for a hurtin if you ever decide to open for business.



Kevin and Rhonda are good folks!

BTW, missed you at the RTE yesterday.
Thanks, Bob! My boy had a b-ball game yesterday...
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #1716
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Kevin and Rhonda are the best!! Period.

Great news about 2013 as well. I wish I was in the market for panniers!




Nice
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Just came upstairs for a quick break from making V-Strom racks.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:55 PM   #1717
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Just came upstairs for a quick break from making V-Strom racks.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #1718
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V-Strom racks mocked up and ready to be dissassembled for full weld-up...



I normally start with the exhaust side first, because it's usually the hardest side. Usually. The 'Strom gave me a Wee bit of a problem. Pun intended.



There's no access to the subframe from the left side for a top mounting point. It's all clad in bodywork. Hmmm...



The right side top attaches to the muffler mount. Then I tab off the R hoop and essentially make a back strap like soft bags use. I weld in 2) 5/16" bolts that align with existing holes in the OEM top rack.



The supplier was out of .065" 5/8" DOM, but they did have some .125" on hand. A bit heavier than needed, but the whole job took about 14', so not total overkill. Definately stronger as well. I hope you don't mind, Kevin.



...and I shot myself in the foot when I upgraded my bender to hydraulics. My 5/8" DOM shoe was the tightest radius I could buy. Not a problem on manual bending with a solid mounted pedestal. My bender is now on wheels. Just use the hydraulics, right? Well, the small radius means no drive pin holes to use the ram. So......a larger radius 5/8" shoe is on the way - with drive pin holes!!!!



Let's adapt and overcome by strapping to the table. Yeah. I had to sweep back there anyway. 1/8" wall DOM x 5/8" O.D. is HARD to bend with a bender on wheels. Doh!!! Good thing I spent all that money and time upgrading. I haven't used the hydraulics yet! I'm sure I will in time.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #1719
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1/8" wall DOM x 5/8" O.D. is HARD to bend with a bender on wheels. Doh!!! Good thing I spent all that money and time upgrading. I haven't used the hydraulics yet! I'm sure I will in time.

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #1720
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The supplier was out of .065" 5/8" DOM, but they did have some .125" on hand. A bit heavier than needed, but the whole job took about 14', so not total overkill. Definately stronger as well. I hope you don't mind, Kevin.
Don't mind at all. I can deal with the extra weight. I would rather err on the side of too heavy/too strong.

Nice being able to see the progress, thanks for posting pictures.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #1721
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Don't mind at all. I can deal with the extra weight. I would rather err on the side of too heavy/too strong.

Nice being able to see the progress, thanks for posting pictures.
Good to hear. Final weld-up after dinner!


BTW - rack weighs 9lbs altogether, and will be slightly less once I shape up all the tabs... No worries on weight, and plenty strong.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #1722
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Tabs shaped up with a 40 grit flap wheel.



I like bolting everything back together after fully welding all joints to check for warpage issues.



All looks straight.



Time to pay Mr. Powder Coater another visit!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #1723
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Sweetness!

Did you catch that mouse that chewed the hole in my first aid bag? Hopefully I froze him out of there on the way up to your place Saturday morning.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:15 PM   #1724
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Looks great Kirk! You really have a tallent for the racks. They look like art!

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:24 AM   #1725
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Did you catch that mouse that chewed the hole in my first aid bag? Hopefully I froze him out of there on the way up to your place Saturday morning.
I had to go back through the pics to see what you were talking about. No critters found.
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