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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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X-Bike saddlebag tethers are available from at least one source but I got to thinking about how difficult it would be to make one using stuff I had laying around. I saw a thread about them on the Vog where someone made a set out of some plastic covered wire cable with electrical islets on the ends. I didn't have that stuff handy but I did have some leather and some strapping left over from another project. Here's what I learned if you want to make your own.

The left side bag tether will need to be 9.75" from center to center of your metal reinforced holes. The right side is going to need to be a bit longer; probably 10". The reason is when the bike is on the kickstand both lids have different gravity forces at work. At 9.75" on the right; the lid would not stay open.

I first tried the leather but found no matter how thick it was (can only go so thick); it stretched and didn't really take the torque off the hinges. The nylon strapping does work and since I have access to a leather stitching machine (a regular sewing machine would work in this case) I folded over the ends starting with 14" of strap then made sure I could center to center that 9.75" in the middle of the fold then stitched the folds. Knocked a hole in each end and put islets in making sure the 10mm bolt would fit through it. Here are the results.

I can make and send these to anyone in the USA for $15. They aren't terribly hard to make but it does take the right tools and supplies. I'm thinking about putting them on ebay for $20 a set. China could make them in bulk for a buck or two but I don't think the volume would be worth their while.

The reason for doing this is three fold. It's easy for someone to over open the lids carelessly, the lids have been known to fly open if not latched correctly, and speakers in the lids make the lids heavy and prone to breaking the hinges.

If you come up with other DIY ideas at home; please post how and pics of the project up close and a little ways back so we can see the final result. Come to think of it; I too should take one more pic a little further back with the lid open.
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I have never seen this before but good idea and you did well for coming up with a DIY plan.
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X-Bike saddlebag tethers are available from at least one source but I got to thinking about how difficult it would be to make one using stuff I had laying around. I saw a thread about them on the Vog where someone made a set out of some plastic covered wire cable with electrical islets on the ends. I didn't have that stuff handy but I did have some leather and some strapping left over from another project. Here's what I learned if you want to make your own.

The left side bag tether will need to be 9.75" from center to center of your metal reinforced holes. The right side is going to need to be a bit longer; probably 10". The reason is when the bike is on the kickstand both lids have different gravity forces at work. At 9.75" on the right; the lid would not stay open.

I first tried the leather but found no matter how thick it was (can only go so thick); it stretched and didn't really take the torque off the hinges. The nylon strapping does work and since I have access to a leather stitching machine (a regular sewing machine would work in this case) I folded over the ends starting with 14" of strap then made sure I could center to center that 9.75" in the middle of the fold then stitched the folds. Knocked a hole in each end and put islets in making sure the 10mm bolt would fit through it. Here are the results.

I can make and send these to anyone in the USA for $15. They aren't terribly hard to make but it does take the right tools and supplies. I'm thinking about putting them on ebay for $20 a set. China could make them in bulk for a buck or two but I don't think the volume would be worth their while.

The reason for doing this is three fold. It's easy for someone to over open the lids carelessly, the lids have been known to fly open if not latched correctly, and speakers in the lids make the lids heavy and prone to breaking the hinges.

If you come up with other DIY ideas at home; please post how and pics of the project up close and a little ways back so we can see the final result. Come to think of it; I too should take one more pic a little further back with the lid open.
I'll go in on a set, Bob.
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Wouldnt that make it a bit tricky to load? Not sure but looks like the strap runs across the opening

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Wouldnt that make it a bit tricky to load? Not sure but looks like the strap runs across the opening
I noodled that out too and thought, well, it would have more support if I went across to the other side like the person did with this cable tether. If you look at the pic above where it goes from the latch on the lid to the inside bolt for the hinge; you will see the one I made doesn't do that. Then again the ones I made aren't supporting a lid with a heavy speaker in it either. It really depends on the person at that point and what they are most comfy with.

Doing that would be tricky though. First of all I'd need an "L" bracket to accommodate that angle coming off the lid latch. More parts more expense plus more material. Even with a speaker in the lid; I don't think that extra support would be needed but it could be preferred.
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I now have a little better idea of how you did it. LOL I had just got in off the road from a week long 1800 mile road trip.

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I just got them in the mail today. Great choice of color @BBob

I think they took me a total of 5 minutes to install and now I donít have to worry about my wife letting them bounce at the hinges. If I may make one small suggestion; I would like them to have been about 1/2Ē longer, but thatís a personal preference at this point. They do a great job of holding the lids so they donít exceed the hinge travel.


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Glad they are working out for you Broggy. I think I'll buy black strapping next time simply because it's more universal. I hope people think about making something like this for themselves or getting some from me simply because the expense of breaking the hinges and/or the saddlebags themselves would be expensive to fix or replace.

It's a personal preference but I kinda liked them better with the folded side down as I mentioned in a PM. Turned around from the way you have them. I don't think it affects the function at all though either way.
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Glad they are working out for you Broggy. I think I'll buy black strapping next time simply because it's more universal. I hope people think about making something like this for themselves or getting some from me simply because the expense of breaking the hinges and/or the saddlebags themselves would be expensive to fix or replace.

It's a personal preference but I kinda liked them better with the folded side down as I mentioned in a PM. Turned around from the way you have them. I don't think it affects the function at all though either way.
Yea, didn't think about that as I installed them, but it doesn't bother me enough to remount them.

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