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    Senior Member Dennis M's Avatar
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    Home made rear rack with gas hole

    I started working on this almost 2 years ago after seeing a post on here about someone making something out of a plastic cutting board, but then I got sidetracked with other things and put it off. Then Dale came out with his racks and I thought about getting one but they were too much $ for me to justify and I didn't like how the gas hole was in the middle of the bend, maybe it works OK but to me it looks like it would be hard to reach in to get the gas cap off, also I tend to sit to the very rear of the seat and having that metal against my butt didn't look to comfortable.

    So finally got around to working on what I had already started on, It's made of wood, a material I have the tools and knowledge to work with. I used scrap wood leftover from other projects. I did buy some angle brackets and spray paint but otherwise it was built using stuff I had on hand.

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    Preliminary test fitting I realized it had a wobble side to side and was going to need some side supports on the under side. getting those figured out was probably the hardest part of this project.

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    here you can see the side supports. I also chalked around all joints

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    Filled the screw holes also.

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    Painted it black.

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    Got me one of those locking gas caps for a Ruckus, perfect fit.

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    added some foam weather stripping to the bottoms of the side supports.

    I didn't plan it , but it's the perfect size (10X15) for a 1 gallon Rotopax container.
    There is no way to latch it down so for now I'm using a bungee cord running from side to side, I don't think it would come flying up while I was sitting down but if I was to stand on the pegs while riding the wind could catch it and flip it up.
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    Very inventive; that looks like an awesome perch for a RotoPax and a duffle bag, for an Adventure camping ride
    Chillin' with Cybersix and Data 7 in Meridiana

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    Senior Member Home made rear rack with gas hole itlives's Avatar
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    Nice work, Dennis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis M View Post
    Got me one of those locking gas caps for a Ruckus, perfect fit.
    That's funny. Meanwhile the web is full of posts and Youtube clips for Ruckus owners on how to defeat the lock on the cap.

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    So is it more comfortable than the stock pilon?

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    With the vapor recovery nozzles we have it would be near impossible to see how full you're getting with those racks. Nice for people with regular style nozzles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey1one View Post
    With the vapor recovery nozzles we have it would be near impossible to see how full you're getting with those racks. Nice for people with regular style nozzles.
    You need one of these:

    E-Z Fill Nozzle Key :: Aerostich Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear

    I have had one for about 8 years or so and have had to use it at least a dozen times. I notice that in New England lately there are fewer stations that feature the recovery nozzle like the one in your picture.
    Last edited by kpinvt; 27th October 2015 at 17:06.

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    Interesting, looks like something I could make myself.

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    I'm inspired.... We'll see how that plays out.

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    ok...the dirty little boy in me....

    ----rear rack with Gas hole......
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