Show us something that you MADE for your GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Dennisb40

    Dennisb40 Adventurer

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    Purchased some moose mitts and modified them with my sewing machine. Hands are nice and toasty to matter the temp.

    I use Nylon cloth and lined it with a tough denim called duck cloth.

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  2. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Not long after purchasing my Y2K 1150GS just about 3 years ago, I was enjoying one of my first dirt rides on the bike. After several attempts to "get air", some of which were moderately successful, I just happened to look in my right side mirror and noticed one of my poorly-loaded system cases rolling around in the dirt behind me.

    Luckily I had a number of bungee cords with me, and after recovering the case I was able to reattach it well enough to gingerly ride home.

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    Upon inspection, I found the front "hanger" on the right side case was broken, nearly clean off. After finding out how much it would cost to replace the case ($$$), I decided a fix was in order. I had some stainless angle iron on hand, and my TIG machine with nothing better to do...

    This is what a good "hangar" looks like:

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    This is the broken one, with my new stainless steel hangar:

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    As you can see, fits well. I trimmed the plastic so the hang height is darn close to correct:

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    Stronger than the original, I'm sure. I also realized the rail on the same side was broken so I simply replaced that with a used unit, but I will soon post photos of my new stainless rails I'm currently working on.

    I hope this idea helps some folks!

    Cheers! :thumbup
  3. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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  4. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    There's a SERIOUS market for something like these for VARIO cases!

    The replacement case bottom cost $114 and $142 (left and right) IIRC.

    See "Case Bottom Replacement" Step 1 in my pictorial for an example of the same kind of broken TAB on the VARIOs.

    It seems like it's always this tab...shown in the picture.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=848307

    OK...you sit around...make up a few "TAB REPAIR KITS" and pocket a few thousand dollars which can then be used to farkle!

    Just sayin'.
  5. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Well, I like making money as much as the next guy, I enjoy fabrication and problem-solving. I could price it reasonably I'm sure.

    You have a broken one you could send me? Ideally I'd need the piece(s) that broke off, ultimately ideally the bike for fitment, but we could get around that if necessary.

    Cheers! :thumb
  6. BFG

    BFG Adventurer

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    Have a look at this, post 384 and follow SmugMug link to pictures. Lined the panniers hardly any reduction in size. Think they are better for it as well les chance of marking helmet etc.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=836894&page=26

    Or on UKGSer. From post 12
    http://ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=136812
  7. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    PM sent with pictures.
  8. Panzerkampfwagen

    Panzerkampfwagen n00b

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    A Humble contribution to this thread. Led daytime light, just beneath the beak.

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    Nothing to deal with those great works above, but I tried to do my best.
  9. Panzerkampfwagen

    Panzerkampfwagen n00b

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    Sorry. Wrong post.
  10. everycredit

    everycredit Been here awhile

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    I made a tail pipe extension for my 1150GS with Jesse bags.

    I know there are a lot of threads out there on this, but I decided to do it myself after being annoyed by this:

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    I got 1 3/4" ID exhaust pipe and used some throttle return springs and nuts that I had.

    I removed the silencer end, using 8mm socket.

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    Then cut the pipe so it fits under my left turn light.

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    Dry fit

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    Measured the springs so I know where to weld the nuts to hold the springs.

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    Welded the nuts using a cheap harbor freight welder I've owned for several years. Does the job, but not weld (please don't judge my welds--I know they suck, but they hold).

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    Here it is fitted

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    With my pannier back on. Need to cut the end for fit.

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    Used an angle grinder to sharpen the edge, so in a pinch it can be used as a weapon :evil

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    Went for a ride, doesn't rattle or leak. Hopefully it will keep all (if not most) of the hot exhaust gasses off my pannier.
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Looks good! The only change I would make is possibly heavier springs not stretched so much. Otherwise very nice!:deal

    Jim :brow
  12. everycredit

    everycredit Been here awhile

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    I'll have to look for some. They aren't good springs and will probably be unsprung by the heat.
  13. bmw-gs-rider

    bmw-gs-rider Adventurer

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  14. dxamet

    dxamet Adventurer

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  15. funinthesun

    funinthesun Been here awhile

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    $20 dollar hardware store parts pillion plate and pelican case. all plastic and stainless. :D

    plastic t handles and a few bolts and spacers on 3/8 sheet of abs plastic. works great:clap

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  16. funinthesun

    funinthesun Been here awhile

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    and a clearance rear caliper guard from cyclegear for $1.99 turned into a pot guard.

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  17. Jorik

    Jorik Adventurer

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    It is Great!

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  18. luca9277

    luca9277 Been here awhile

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    I made a tool tube...

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  19. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    +1

    But the Starbucks crowd (and it is a rather large crowd) is heaving their doughnuts in the parking lot.
  20. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    Modified my Jessie mount and added stainless extensions to keep from cooking things in the left pannier.

    Thinking about TIGing on some gun sights for kix. :evil

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