MOD F800/F700/F650 (twin) GS skid plate and top rack

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  1. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Some better pics of the production F800/F650 GS Top Racks.

    with the Rotopax mount on top...
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    and the spacers mounted up...

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    Check your Inbox if you are still waiting to hear from me but I'm still gettin around to everyone!

    Thanks,

    Dave
  2. gr8ridn

    gr8ridn Been here awhile

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    I have the Metal Mule Pannier Racks that cover the grab rail tube you sink the front mount into. If those front spacers were cut at the bottom of the taper that would rest on the flattened tube from the MM rack and the height would be within a couple mm. When my turn comes up for order can I request this modification to the front mounts?
  3. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    I'll be interested to see how that works out--keep us posted, eh? You could also add a few stainless washers below the rear spacer to level it up. That's what I did on my TT rack. I think the MMs sit higher than the TT panniers, so you might want a bit of extra height to get the rack up even with the top of the panniers.

    Rob in Seattle
  4. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hey gr8ridn can you give me more details on this?
    I may be able to make some cut down spacers but I need a little more info to get the right dimensions. I have looked at the pic on Best Rest's site to get a better idea and I've also had another request about this set-up and longer bolts.

    I was told that the MM rack adds a 1/4" to the height of the front. Is that accurate? If I can get an accurate measurement on that it should just be a matter of making the exact right length spacer and everything should fit up pretty level.

    Also while we are at it maybe you can put a straight edge between the panniers to see how much height is between them and the top of the top front mounting points of the rack so I can get an idea where our rack sits as per robhar54's suggestion.

    robhar54 how much thickness did you add?

    Thanks,

    Dave
  5. gr8ridn

    gr8ridn Been here awhile

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    Dave,

    I measured the thickness of the upper pannier rack flattened tube at 5mm. This is the height addition to the factory rear grab rail mount.

    If I use a straight edge spanning between the top of the panniers that reference is 18mm above the rear grab rail mount not accounting for the 5mm pannier rack height increase. I hope this was clear. If you need any other measurements advise.
  6. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hey gr8ridin,

    With the front spacers cut down the 5mm to accommodate the Metal Mule rack then the top of the MOD Top Rack will sit at 19mm above the rear grab rail mount. So it looks like they will fit together perfectly giving a level surface between the three of them as well!

    Anybody else out there in Metal Mule rear rack land looking at the MOD Top Rack as well? :ear

    If you want this set-up I will look at doing a small run of custom front spacers so let me know if you are in ASAP.

    Thanks,

    Dave
  7. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    I have the Metal Mules on mine, so I'll see how it looks when I have the rack in my hand. I hve a hacksaw, but I may need to hit you up for a little longer front bolts. Funny, I forgot all about that when I decided on the rack!
  8. gr8ridn

    gr8ridn Been here awhile

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    Good, I look forward to ordering mine when you have more made.
  9. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    Me, me! It may be a while though until I can make the purchase. (Second run should do it...)

    Rob in Seattle
  10. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    TWOWHEELS -

    Can we also get a couple PICS of the rear rack from a few steps back in order to get a feel for it's size and such?

    :norton
  11. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Most of the good pics are on this thread but let me repeat some and add this one;

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    forward position

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    forward position

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    rearward position (first prototype...the 2nd proto and production version got about 1/8" smaller front to back)


    I hope that gives you a good idea.

    Dare I say it's the perfect size...not too big to be ugly...not to small to be very functional :D

    Production is looking good too for the 2nd run of Top Racks to be done in about two weeks.:clap

    Dave
  12. GB

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    Since you're selling and now shipping, you must confine your pimpin' posts to Vendors where this thread has been moved. :thumb
  13. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hi Gadget Boy,

    I have been waiting for that.

    Hence I mentioned that in the post above and again on page 8 when the Top Racks were done...fair is fair.

    I really appreciate you guys letting me run through the product development and prototyping here! Thanks!

    See you out there!

    Dave
  14. dmasliah

    dmasliah Adventurer

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    Toowheels,
    I just got my top rack today. It is very well made, and it is just as advertised. Looks great on the back of the bike. I spent a lot of time trying to decide which toprack to get. Unlike some of the other vendors, you answered all my e-mails . I'm very happy with the purchase..Dan:clap
  15. GSranger

    GSranger blacksheep

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    +1! My top rack arrived yesterday and it freakin rocks:ricky

    Thanks Dave for your constant communication and an awesome, well thought out product! :thumb I'm looking forward to more products from MOD.
  16. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Thanks Dan and GSranger for the positive comments!

    I'm glad to that hear that you are happy with it too :D

    Dave
  17. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I got my MOD top rack after some very friendly dealings with Dave at MOD. I had the Touratech rack and had rigged up a way to install the Rotopax mount but the rack was a little small for my needs.
    First off the MOD rack is solid. Very nice black finish which fits with the look of my F800 and even though it is larger is less visible than the old Touratech one.
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    It is easy to install because you don't have to balance the rack on the four spacers while threading in the bolts. You can install the 4 bolts with the spacers and simply drop the rack on and select either the forward or rear mounting position.
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    Here you see a close up of the forward and rear mounting positions. You loosen the bolts and can slide the rack fore and aft. The hole at the halfway point allows you to loosen the bolts and lift the rack off to reconfigure it.

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    The spacers that go under the rack are little works of art.

    The rear spacers.

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    Front spacers. You can also see the reinforcing rib welded to the bottom which makes the rack incredibly rigid.

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    All the strap slots in the rack are available with the Rotopax can in place.

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    Here you can the many strap and mounting holes available. You will also notice that the rack is narrower than the "hips" on the bike and does not hit the ground when the bike is layed down.

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    All in all a sweet product from a fellow Advrider.
  18. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    WOW! Motoriley that's quite the awesome post!!! I abbreviated it a little to minimize too much redundancy.

    I should just put that on the site for the Top Rack description.
    Thanks :freaky

    and credit given where credit is due it was Motoriley's idea to put in the centre hole to facilitate swapping out mounts.:deal

    I've also heard back and I have some pictures on the set up with Metal Mule's side racks. Thanks bayner! I know there's a few of you out there that were curious. The front spacers get all of the narrow section cut off. Stock bolts are still used.


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    MOD F800 GS Top Rack with Metal Mule side rack.

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    Showing the front spacers cut down.

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    A closer look at the front spacers cut down right at the end of the taper/ beginning of the narrow section. Or you could use 5mm of washers and not have to cut the spacers.

    I'm still getting the full run-down on set up with Jesse racks. It looks like about 12mm of spacer is needed for the rear and then the stock bolts that come with the MOD rack.

    Just to elaborate more on set up the MOD Top Rack works stock with;
    -BMW Stock handles
    -BMW Vario handles
    -BMW/Touratech side rack handles
    -SW-Motech Quick Lock side rack handles (as seen at the beginning of this post)

    Most side racks mimic the stock handle configuration and therefore are not a problem.

    More to come...

    Thanks,

    Dave
  19. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    All: FWIW the MOD rear rack works well with the Jesse pannier mount racks. You use the front (i.e. passenger grab rail ) spacers and bolts as supplied. For the rear mounts use the long bolts from the kit. You need two 1/2"(H) x 3/4"(W) spacers to make up the difference between the Jesse rack and the plate.

    I used a couple of brass spacers from the hardware store:
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    Here are the spacers installed:
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    Finally, here's the rack along with the bags: BTW, I have the plate mounted in the "forward" slot. I have no problem with removing the Touratech seat.
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    And a side view:
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  20. Waino

    Waino Adventurer

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    Here is the rack with my Metal Mule setup.

    First from underneath, no need for any spacer on the front - just a washer and the supplied bolts.

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    And from the side to see how they line up with the panniers. The rack doesn't match the tilt of the panniers, but that's OK. If it did it would be way tilted forward. One of my only complaints with the MM panniers is that they are tilted pretty extremely forward. I'd rather have them more level when the bike when it was on the center stand so I could set something on them - like a beverage perhaps.

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    One last view from the rear.

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    ++1 for the great rack Dave!! You can really tell when a product is well researched, designed on purpose, and takes its customers seriously. Thanks!

    Craig