GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket


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GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby Frank5839 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:55 pm



I have an 81 GL1100 Naked Wing.
I have a great pair of hard sided saddle bags the wife bought a few years ago.
I have tried several different "universal" brackets each year with marginal success.
The problem is that the anchor bolt for the rear shocks isn't long enough to add much of a bracket hanger and still catch on the threads inside.
Everything with a thin mounting part at that location is usually short and poorly welded so bending the bracket to push the bags out to their proper location always results in an O-S..t.

Any suggestions?

Thanks



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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:13 pm

First off, I wouldn't leave the shock bolt hanging by just a few threads. When my GL1500 came to me, it had an aftermarket chrome bumper around it. It seemed a bit loose, and upon examination, it was originally installed in place of the rear crash bars, along with a trailer hitch harness. The crash bar bolt had been held in place with just a few threads, and eventually ripped out. The previous owner decided to "fix" this by using a nylon wire tie in place of the 1/2" hardened steel bolt. Obviously this didn't last long, and when I got it, the trailer hitch and bumper were attached only one side of the bike.

I ended up boring out and re-tapping the frame, then replacing the bolt with a longer one that would fully seat in the frame.

So...for your application, I might suggest replacing that bolt with a longer one. Use a washer and spacer if required to move the bolt head out away from the shock, so that the tab on the bracket is positioned properly without having to bend it (and the weld).

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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby Frank5839 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:55 pm

Thanks
I have been searching for a replacement longer stud.
Been an interesting search.

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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:49 pm

Frank5839 wrote:Thanks
I have been searching for a replacement longer stud.
Been an interesting search.


I don't know that you will find one. I'd think about using a threaded rod, spacer, and washer.

Use a threaded rod with a thread size as the existing one, so it will thread into the frame. Use a couple of jam nuts on the end to allow you to grip it and torque it into place without damaging the threads.

Put a spacer on the threaded road where the shock installs, in place of the flat portion of the original stud:

https://www.boltdepot.com/images/Chrome ... pacers.jpg

Then a washer to protect the shock and push up against the spacer, and a bolt to fasten it into place and keep the spacer from backing off.

You now have as much of the threaded rod sticking out as you like (depending on how long the rod was initially) to use for your bracket mounts.

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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby Frank5839 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:26 pm

great idea.
I know a place where I might be able to get that rod.
I had tried Grainger in the past for the bolts but there is another option for the threaded rod.
I actually have a bunch of those spacers from all of the brackets I had tried.
thanks

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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:45 am

My ACE hardware has a great bolt, fastener inventory usually has anything I need. Have an ACE nearby????
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NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: GL1100 Saddlebag Mounting Bracket

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:01 am

RBGERSON wrote:My ACE hardware has a great bolt, fastener inventory usually has anything I need. Have an ACE nearby????


Yup, I agree. There are quite a few ACE Hardware bolts and other pieces on my bike. They have Grade 8 and other hardened hardware there as well, which is probably what I would use for this application.




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