Cracked Luggage Rack

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by disston, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Thanks Bill,

    I am one of the most digressive ones around here I suppose. Don't mean to be distractive but I have a lot of Earth shattering things on my mind and even when I don't have a lot of Chaos going on I feel like I do.

    It was a long time ago, How long ago was that? My time in AM Radio was the era known as the Birth of FM Radio. We called them the Album Stations, they played the whole sides of 33 1/3 albums. AM Radio was where the money was. "This FM thing will never go anywhere."

    I did check my racks out again last night and now I'm not even sure they are cracked. Maybe I was fooled by the rust in one of the corners. If the Sun comes out this week I'll take them outside and be able to look more carefully.

    Charlie
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  2. Fudmucker

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    When you have repaired the frames, I suggest that you fit it to the frame very well.
    Rather than just forcibly pulling the frames into position with bolts, shim and bend each to fit closely.
    I used rubber faucet washers to avoid metal to metal contact.
    In this way, stressed tubes and bends will not suffer metal fatigue and cracking. :D
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  3. shaner1100gs

    shaner1100gs Been here awhile

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    Charlie

    Let me know if you want any help changing the tire. I have a tire changer and tire irons.

    Shane
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  4. disston

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    Hey Shane,

    That's really nice. I'll get together with you, I'll bring the wheel off the bike, before the end of Winter if that's OK? I'd bring the bike but I have to take the front wheel off to get the rear wheel off kinda thing.

    Charlie
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  5. rufusswan

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    In those days that was a very true statement.

    Radio was radio but AM was cheap, easy and traveled greater distances at lower power than FM. It was also MONO. FM was the new stereo and required expensive equipment to receive. Stereo was not making much 'headway' against mono. Then some guys were sitting around and said " TV is an FM media, why can't we use that???

    Thusly was born Music TV (MTV) on the sub-channels now used by Digital TV and AM Mono is resting with the Dodo bird.

    You may now resume discussing two wheeled apparatti :1drink
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  6. shaner1100gs

    shaner1100gs Been here awhile

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    That's cool.

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  7. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I replaced the lid latches on my right side bag;

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    I used a piece of flat Aluminum from the hardware store for the reinforcement that looks like it doesn't fit. It actually works better than it looks but I will contour the Aluminum piece when I do the Left side bag. Then I can redo this one. It's a learning experience.

    The latches had to still be shimmed a little on top of the Aluminum. The holding of the hook end is angle critical.

    Will also take some better photos when I do the other side. Hopefully, if the Sun is out.
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  8. goatroper

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    If this crack is on a straight portion of tube, Home Depot has copper tubing repair sections that work really well as a sweated bridge for the break. It should not interfere with the luggage mounting at all.

    In the following picture, you will both a crap weld and simple sweating of this copper repair section. Both have held up.

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  9. DoktorT

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    RE: Rear wheel R&R. Pulling the front wheel is one way to do it. Less effort to just lay the bike on it's right side. Much easier to see what's happening and both remove and replace with much less stooping. Do clean and plug the trans vent in the spezial grounding bolt, or you will loose perhaps a tablespoon per hour of slow dripping of tranny oil.

    Pull the valve stem, soft tire much easier to wiggle by the restriction.

    Take the time to clean the wheel on the inside. Then smooth it all with 400 or 600 wet. Particularly the chamfer from the center drop to the bead rim. It will be far easier to clean next time, and rubber bits won't mate tenaciously, and difficulty to get a proper seating of the new tire will be greatly reduced in every case.
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  10. disston

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    Thanks Doctor. I want to check and clean the front bearings anyway so I'll probably take the front wheel off. But it's nice to be reminded of these options.

    I bought a whole bunch of 19" rubber wheel strips, that go under the tube, to protect the wheels when I did my front wheel last year. Now I wish I had bough 18" because I probably could have used them on both but the 19" up front and the 18" in the rear. What I have will maybe be too big for the rear? Oh well. I'll check and do it with electric tape if I have to.

    I took my new lid latches apart and tried to curve the piece of Aluminum to fit better. Because the case is made of this hard plastic type material I will now not be able to get the Aluminum to fit better. The case has take a stretch to it and even after I recurved the part you see it doesn't fit any better. I'll do a better job on the left bag.
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  11. disston

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    Goattroper,

    What I thought was a break appears to have only been heavy rust. It was in one of the corners but now I can't even find the break because I cleaned the rust up a lot, not completely, but I washed with Brillo pads mostly and did a little Naval Jelly. Any way it may still be broken but I can't find the break. I have to wait til I take these parts down again and I'll look at them more carefully.

    But that is a nice repair you did.
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  12. goatroper

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    Thank you. Happy to share.
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