DRZ 400: Strength of different rack mounting styles?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by fishugly, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. fishugly

    fishugly Been here awhile

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    I'm preparing to make a rack for my DRZ400S and can't decide if I want to mount it to the seat bolts like so many do (Tonns, Rugged Rider, Suzuki, etc) or like B & B Offroad as can be seen here: http://bboffroad.com.au/shop/online-products/carry-racks/carry-rack-suzuki-drz400.html

    Seems it would be sturdier and have more weight capacity if mounted to the seat bolts. However, for me, it would be easier to make a rack that mounted like the B & B Offroad rack.

    I plan to carry 1.2 gallons of gas back there in a heavyish steel gas can many miles over wash boardy gravel and dirt roads. I'd hate to break my sub-frame.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I'd make something like the B&B, then tie it to both the seat bolts AND the passenger-peg mounts.

    The more spaced-apart you can make the mounts, the more planes you can make the mounts in, the sturdier the mount points are, and the stronger the rack material is, generally, the sturdier the rack will be.
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  3. BroncoDave

    BroncoDave Long timer

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    This is my rack back bolts go to the tail mounting bolts
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