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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have had the Cee Bailey's Flectors for about 2 1/2 years and about 20,000 miles. Up until today I have been very happy with the Flectors. While I was riding to work this morning the bracket on the left Flector broke and the entire Flector fell back against my leg. Luckily I wasn't going very fast and the Flector just laid against my leg so I was able to pull to the side and put the Flector in the saddlebag.

From my initial inspection the fracture is a typical fatigue failure. It is surprising to me that it doesn't appear to have started at a pre-existing crack or defect. So the failure looks to be 100% caused by repeated / cyclical fatigue loading.

My initial thinking is that this failure was caused by the fact that I live on a very poorly maintained country road that is rough as hell. I drive that road to and from work everyday and it bounces the hell out of the motorcycle. When you combine that with a couple years and a few miles you end up with a fatigue failure on the bracket.

For the guys that have the Flectors you may check your brackets to be on the safe side. I got lucky that this broke while running around town. But it still fell backwards and slammed into my shin. If it would have broken while I riding on the highway it could have really done some damage to my shin and could flew off my motorcycle at speed (it is quite heavy and could do some damage).

I hope this is an isolated incident because I haven't heard of this before. I'm not yet ready to call out the Flectors as an inferior product. I still like them but I'm not going to keep them on my bike due to my personal circumstances. My biggest complaint is that Cee Bailey's won't sell me a replacement bracket for the one that broke. I understand why they are no longer warrantied (though I would personally warranty something like this) but they would only sell me a complete replacement Flector kit at a discounted price. I'm not going to spend a bunch of money on a complete kit when all I need is a bracket.

You guys with the Flectors check your brackets for cracking. If this thing would have broke at freeway speeds it could do some serious damage.
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That is a really strange place for a break unless they are continuously vibrating. I have about the same miles as you, gave mine a sharp rap and seem solid as can be. I'm surprised Cee Bailey didn't just send you one. Surely they know word gets around nowadays. For a company with a reputation of quality, they make money by sending you one. BTW, I would never be without mine.

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what is the bracket made of ? can it be welded / repaired?


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That is a really strange place for a break unless they are continuously vibrating. I have about the same miles as you, gave mine a sharp rap and seem solid as can be. I'm surprised Cee Bailey didn't just send you one. Surely they know word gets around nowadays. For a company with a reputation of quality, they make money by sending you one. BTW, I would never be without mine.
It was definitely caused by vibrating up and down and it happened in right in the middle of the support beam at the thinnest location. Looking at the failure the flector bounced hard enough to create a pretty serious initial crack and then simply bounced up and down until the bracket eventually broke. I'm pretty sure it was caused by the road that I live on. The road is terribly rough and there is just no way to navigate it smoothly. The road condition wouldn't be allowed in most states but we have awful roads in Oklahoma.

I was also surprised at Cee Bailey's response. I am perfectly willing to buy another bracket. I wasn't trying to get it replaced for free. But I'm not buying a whole new set of Flectors when mine are perfectly fine except for one bracket.

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what is the bracket made of ? can it be welded / repaired?
I'm pretty sure it is made out of pretty standard low carbon steel. I'll eventually be planning to weld the bracket back up and add some reinforcement. I'll probably do some other custom things while I'm doing that. Probably incorporating some mounts for highway pegs into the bracket and maybe even doing something for a driving light mount.

The only part that sucks is that I really liked the performance of the Flectors. I immediately noticed the buffeting as soon as I removed the Flectors.

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