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    Actually funny you posted this as I'm getting ready to do just this to my oem rack. its weak we know that. I plan on adding braces/tubing to areas like the man rack show, and beefing up the under seat area. And plan to flatten as you said. I just bought a mig welder so having fun playing and this will be another fun project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCFishguy View Post
    Just kind of looking for opinions

    For reference, a piece of two-by is the right thickness to plunk on the rack, and be pretty much level with the upturn. I'd rather not use 2x4's....

    Instead of wood 2x4, maybe you could use aluminum square tubing or something similar. Cut some small blocks to attach case>tube>rack.



    My modus operandi (M.O) would be to try and use a torch to soften the metal and bend it like you are thinking. Perhaps I would use a hammer to help bend the metal but I would only suggest this by placing something like your 2x4 on the metal and then strike the 2x4 with the hammer thus not roughing up the metal with the hammer.

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    Do you need one?


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    You wouldn't happen to know the part number would you?


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    With all the great inventors, modifiers, tinkerers, welders on here I am surprised no one has unbolted that back section under the seat to the back of the bike and just strengthened that and the frame it hooks to. It looks like this would be simple and wouldn't add much weight. A smaller lighter rack could bolt to it possibly with very good strength. I know most love the cycle rack but it looks huge and heavy.

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    Modification Of OEM Rack

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty Blackstone View Post
    Do you need one?
    Yeah I was thinking on getting one so I could carry my msr fuel bottle on the rack instead of my backpack. It looks small and simple. But when I saw the amazon prime prime price of $125 I changed my mind. More than I can spend right now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deepseadan View Post
    Yeah I was thinking on getting one so I could carry my msr fuel bottle on the rack instead of my backpack. It looks small and simple. But when I saw the amazon prime prime price of $125 I changed my mind. More than I can spend right now.


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    If you need to fill space to make a flat spot, I recommend 2 cutting boards (one 1/4" thick or more and the other just sheet plastic) and some closed-cell foam (boards of the solid pink or blue stuff used to insulate houses).

    Before you sneer at using the foam, I assure you it is much stronger than you might think. Shape it to fit the curve of the OEM rack, place the thin cutting board between the foam and your box, and put the thicker board under the rack. Drill holes where needed and bolt it all together. Because you will be compressing the foam between two solid surfaces, there will be little to no friction. Your Pelican box will be held tight. So for very little money and very little weight gain, you'll have a nice flat surface to attach the perfect cargo box.
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