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FelixEstrella
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Mo Redneck engineering

Post by FelixEstrella » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:52 pm

For y'all who don't ride motorcycles or don't know what a Rotopax is, skip now.

Been trying to acquire a locking system for my Rotopax mounts. The OEM thing is expensive and unreliable -- the cylinder lock is prone to seizing up and rendering the lock PERMANENT. So, redneck engineering went into overdrive. See attached pics. Four 4" 3/8" eyebolts, a 3/8" tap and a light-weight padlock. Badda bing, badda boom.
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Post by g-man » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:42 pm

I assume you have to screw each of the eye-bolts out for removal? A bit fidgety for using very often, but secure; and a damn sight better than 'permanently secure' should the OEM solution have failed.
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Post by FelixEstrella » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:06 pm

Yeah. The bolts are screwed in finger tight only, so removing them is a 30 second job. I don't foresee using the bolts often, but I do park my bike in a city parking garage frequented by miscreants who think nothing of "opportunity" thieving bits that can be grabbed off a bike. Had a soft tail-bag with rain gear and some tools stolen some time back.
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Re: Mo Redneck engineering

Post by rightisright » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:07 pm

Where are you putting that on the bike? Doesn't it screw with balance?

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Post by FelixEstrella » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:10 pm

Side of top case. 16 lbs between the two Rotopax. No big deal.
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Re: Mo Redneck engineering

Post by Netpackrat » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:00 am

If they are above tank level, you can probably transfer most of the contents into your main tank using a shaker siphon, without removing them. I can do that with the jerry cans on the back of my Jeep, and it is pretty convenient.
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