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    My Top Box Farkle Idea

    After a little work, here goes first writeup.
    it all started with this idea
    http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Moto...646282&sr=8-29
    couple of notes about this box, it is a pretty cheap quality, but it was less expensive than a purchased backrest for the passenger. it WILL NOT close with a full face helmet, but i knew that prior to purchase. it was confirmed upon reciept.

    then proceeded to this

    12 x 12 piece of 1/8" aluminum


    followed by a little trimming and drilling, which included 2 misplaced holes for good measure


    marking out the centerlines on the bike


    next came cutting the 3/4" aluminum bar stock to length (more on this later)


    next i spent a couple hours learning, i uhh mean machining
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    starting to get close to a finished product


    one down, three to go


    getting close




    bolts for the forward slugs/bushings


    this was my source, part number/sku for stainless M8 x 55 bolts. Note, with this particular setup, i used 50mm bolts from home depot on the rear and the 55mm bolts ordered from fastenal for the front.


    rear plastic all trimmed up with slugs installed. just for future reference, the forward bushing/slugs need to be .250 longer then the rear. i guess i will just have to do some more lathe work, oh darn...


    and here we are with final mock-up and assembly complete. now for diisassembly, paint, re-cut forward bushings while at the paint shop and final re-assembly.

    also, can you spot the next farkle while the box is in the paint booth?

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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Looks good. I am interested in the lowers that you are going to fab.
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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Nice work! And I think I like that box better than the more common roundy ones.

    Lowers??
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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronblack View Post
    Why not a black milk crate?
    Cause it's not a KLR.








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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Looks good, and suites the bike better then I thought it would, look forward to pics once it's painted.
    I too am very interested in the undercowl.

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    LATHE??? YOU HAVE YOUR OWN LATHE????

    very cool. nice photos, too.

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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Very nicely done!
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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    That looks good...

    On your lowers if you are using the mounting bolt point on the front of the motor I suggest you run the long bolt through from the hose side and put the nut on the open side. It takes a little longer to thread the bolt in through the hoses but it much easier to access to tighten and you don't need to worry about excess threads rubbing a hose... I found that trick when install my SkidMarx lower fairing...
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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLdr1 View Post
    That looks good...

    On your lowers if you are using the mounting bolt point on the front of the motor I suggest you run the long bolt through from the hose side and put the nut on the open side. It takes a little longer to thread the bolt in through the hoses but it much easier to access to tighten and you don't need to worry about excess threads rubbing a hose... I found that trick when install my SkidMarx lower fairing...
    thanks all for the kind words. good tip redldr, looking at it fromunderneath, i am almost definately going that route.

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    Re: My Top Box Farkle Idea

    Update to previous post...
    Obviously if you look at the first set of bushings, the forward ones were flush withe plastc tail cover. Although this worked just fine, the OCD got the better of me. So i started to work on Mk1 Mod 2 (for us military folk ;-)









    So, if interested, i used 1 inch round vice 3/4 for the second set. this allowed the uppermost lip/bevel to cover the holes that were drilled. then i just took a couple of spare o-rings lying around, placed them on the shaft, under the widest point. once they were installed, it looks like i will get a little waterprotection out of the deal.

    if anyone is interested, pm me and i send you the measurements.

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