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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Since I am still waiting on my slow a** painter to finish up a bike I started on several months ago. I decided to see what I could do on making some parts for my XC.
I am not going to use a luggage rack all the time. I prefer the looks with out 1 unless I need to carry something that will not fit in the saddle bags. Like weekend trips. So I decided to make 1 myself. No it will not have the great chrome that cycleops makes but it will look good enough to use.
I also took a look at cruise pegs that are available. I really did not see anything I would spend $$$ on. The floorboards are large as we all know. But on long rides like fuel up to fill up I like to be comfortable and be able to relocate my legs. I also do not like my feet/legs straight or my feet up like you see on most cruisers. That puts pressure on your hips and pelvis. I like have my heel on the FB with my feet slightly raised in a natural position and be able to put my feet on the cruise peg. In other words 3 positions that are usable with the same peg position.

I have a designed a mount using the kuryakyn iso pegs. Which will be adjustable and really easy to make. Or use a spare break pedal, the rubber part that I have laying around doing nothing. Almost anyone will be able to make it if they have something that will cut metal..
My last thought, I have started looking into a light mount. I really am trying to do something different here. After all the XC is different. I am wanting to stay away from a light bar look. Like you see so much on cruisers and HD's. I am doing this on a limited $$$ amount just to see what can be done and see how it looks. We are really limited on light buckets, just not much out there that is not costly.
Over all The light buckets and iso pegs will be the biggest expense on this project.
I have found some 3 inch light buckets that are really cool looking but they are pricey. I have found a set that is 3.5 inch that are $100 a pair that are thin but 55 watt bulbs. I do not like 55 watt bulbs. I like the xenon 27 watt true white bulbs. The produce as much light as a 55 watt.

Now that that is out of the way.
Your inputs are encouraged and welcomed

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Even though I don't own an X bike I say, DO IT!! First off you will be unique and have the pride in knowing that YOU created what you have.

I hope you go through with it and post some pics please!!
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Now that that is out of the way.
Your inputs are encouraged and welcomed
Woo hoo! Okay, take the following with a grain of salt, as they're mostly random ideas spun as a first impression as I read your post:

1.) The rack... will it be an easy snap-on/off? If not, maybe that would be a nice challenge to add to your project.

2.) How neat would it be to somehow incorporate a light mount with the foot peg, so it becomes one dual purpose accessory? I know this sounds idiotic, but that's part of brainstorming.

3.) If the suggestion above (2.) doesn't get consideration, how about a light mount underneath the horizontal plane of the crash guards? This would give the light more height, and if the light is large enough, block more air in the leg area, again somewhat serving a dual purpose (for a more visual description, see images below).
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I did purchase the pegs and brackets that mount to the inside of the forged hwy bars. My original complaint about them is that the brackets angle away from the bike so that the pegs slant the wrong way (for me at least). I found that when I angled the pags inward a bit and tightened the screws down I could get the right angle for the pegs, but then they won't fold up. The good thing about these pegs is that I have about four different positions I can rest my boots - heel on the fb and toe on the bracket, heel on the FB and foot in a somewhat natural position, arch of the foot on the pegs, ankle over the peg. The bracket is awfully close to the brake and gear shift levers tho I haven't really had a problem there. Has anyone installed the pegs that mount to the underside of the fbs?

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Actually 1 & 2 of your ideas I have though of. 3 is a idea. The thumb nails you added are being considered. Except I am either wanting 3 or 3 1/2 inch lights so it will be in proportion of the bike. Placement is what I am trying to figure out. I have and will use the lower deflectors so the light would need to be more on the outward side. I only want the lights to contribute to the looks or should I say compliment the bike. So the 2 3/8 will be too small and the 4 1/2 being too large. When I add the cruise peg mounts I think your idea would contribute to the over all look and be rather easy to do.
Yes the luggage rack will be easy removable. Most likely I will use Memphis shades quick release that they for their windshield but larger to make it more sturdy. In fact this is the part I am working on in the design.
Got to remember I have a home shop so I have no milling machine. I have been bidding on a few from places that are closing. So far nothing I can afford or want to spend.
Some of the stuff my Grandson can make at tech school, like the gussets for the quick release.

I have been fabricating some of my parts for years. I specialize in making mounts that are not available and polishing: Like adding Floorboards to a bike that are not designed for floorboards.
Here are some sample that I have done




This is my VTX 1800 C which has the crobin beetle bags
AS you see I added the retro FB's with 1 of my moounts

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I did purchase the pegs and brackets that mount to the inside of the forged hwy bars. My original complaint about them is that the brackets angle away from the bike so that the pegs slant the wrong way (for me at least). I found that when I angled the pags inward a bit and tightened the screws down I could get the right angle for the pegs, but then they won't fold up. The good thing about these pegs is that I have about four different positions I can rest my boots - heel on the fb and toe on the bracket, heel on the FB and foot in a somewhat natural position, arch of the foot on the pegs, ankle over the peg. The bracket is awfully close to the brake and gear shift levers tho I haven't really had a problem there. Has anyone installed the pegs that mount to the underside of the fbs?
I am taking this idea and making it more adjustable. I have not seen these in person, only in photos. By making the mount I will be able to add or subtract add angles or anything else that may be needed to have a good custom fit.
I have 2 ideas going with this right now and may very well make 2 sets to see which will work the best. The basic design will be the same except 1 will be using the Kury iso pegs that will fold up and give a little more adjustment where the other will have the peg itself rigid. The peg itself I will make and use brake pedal covers to add to the looks. If you look at the Honda VTX retro/HD ultra and others you will see it is a flat metal pedal with a cover. The cool part is it is just as easy to make to fit someone that is 5'7" or 6' 5" in other words they will be custom fitted to me for my height and inseam
That is how I do the Floorboard mounts. I make them to fit the rider. I am able to put any angle on the FB or raise/lower them.

Thanks for the idea
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...I am either wanting 3 or 3 1/2 inch lights so it will be in proportion of the bike. Placement is what I am trying to figure out.
I've scaled down the lights, but I did not do so to reflect 3 or 3.5 inch lights - I just eye-balled them and reduced size a bit.
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I've scaled down the lights, but I did not do so to reflect 3 or 3.5 inch lights - I just eye-balled them and reduced size a bit.
Say there is a catalog place called dennis kirk that has a close out sale going and the have good tire prices
http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common/Frontpage.jsp
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Say there is a catalog place called dennis kirk that has a close out sale going and the have good tire prices
http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common/Frontpage.jsp
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This is the placement I am thinking about.

I have to teach tomorrow but I may have time to cut some things out before having to get prepared.
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