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Offline Cherryriver

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Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:43:55 pm »
My search-fu must be weak, since I'm sure this has been covered sometime or another over the years.
What if I wanted to cut nice holes in my saddlebag mount covers to allow the antlers to remain mounted without having to look at the nasty mount bar and stuff?  Eyeballing suggests it could work.
But someone's probably tried it, and finding purple replacement covers wouldn't be easy.
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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 09:58:55 pm »
Yes. It has been done many times. Should be able to find the info with a search.

When I did mine, {to mark the location for holing} I put short/sharpened screws in the antler screw holes and pressed the covers against the sharpened end's.

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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 11:00:47 pm »
Here you go:

First off let me say I did NOT invent this mod. I saw pics of Dan Bergmen's bike moded this way and liked it. The credit goes to him or whoever else thought it up. Since I never ride without the bags and I got tired of tripping over my antler covers stored in my big toolbox, I figured I'd cut them out and mount them so they can just stay on.

It's very easy and gives you an excuse to buy a Dremel tool if you don't have one already. Remove the antlers and install some short bolts in the mounting bolt holes, that will allow you to install the covers over the bolt heads and line up their mounting studs. Put some masking tape on the back side over the areas where the bolts will contact the covers when they are in place. Push the covers against the bolts and press hard so the bolt heads make impressions in the tape. This gives you a center point for starting. Now, the rear hole is just round, so you can drill it will something like a Unibit or use a small hole saw (I forget the size, but you have the antler there so you can find what fits). Or you can start with a small drill bit and use your Dremel sanding drum to enlarge it. That's how you deal with the square-ish hole in the front, anyway. Drill it in the center and then gradually enlarge it to fit the profile as needed. I made a cardboard template to experiment with and when I had it the way I wanted it, I transferred to shape to the antler cover with a scribe, using the round rear hole as a reference alignment and just sanded the front hole out to that scribe line.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2019, 01:36:41 am »
Nosmo, that's just what I was looking for.
I'm not shy about doing holes.  I was a cabinetmaker for a while.  The best part of this mod is that one wouldn't be nearly so likely to lose the beauty covers as long as the antlers are keeping them there.
Never did remember where the ones on my ol' '86 went decades ago.
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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 01:35:11 pm »
His method of locating where to put the hole is a bit different than mine {probably easier than mine}, but I used the same process for cutting the holes as Nosmo. Works well.

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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 01:37:38 pm »
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to mark the location for holing

..or if you have a laser pointer, just fix it somewhere so that you can line it up and point straight into the hole center and then pop the cover on and the laser point marks the spot.
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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2019, 01:46:30 pm »
Ooh a Hi-tech solution.  I like it!
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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2019, 10:11:34 pm »
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to mark the location for holing

..or if you have a laser pointer, just fix it somewhere so that you can line it up and point straight into the hole center and then pop the cover on and the laser point marks the spot.

Dang good idea.

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Re: Holing the saddlebag mount covers
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 11:21:17 pm »
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to mark the location for holing

..or if you have a laser pointer, just fix it somewhere so that you can line it up and point straight into the hole center and then pop the cover on and the laser point marks the spot.

Dang good idea.

Yeah, but waay to high-tech for a bike with carburetors. ;D
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