Add On passenger arm rests flop


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Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby wiredgeorge » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:51 pm



Bought a set of new in box Add On brand passenger arm rests for my 97 GL1500A. They were fairly easy to install and the missus likes them but when riding solo, the arm rest flop around and when the wind catches them they flop outwards and obstruct my vision in the mirrors. Anyone figure out a way to fix this issue without the use of a bungee cord?


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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:18 pm

If they are the swing out type like I put on my 96 I just tightened the bolts and they stay in ok now. But I have seen others use the bungee cord to keep them in. Hal
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby Mag » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:25 am

I got it......A black bungee cord..........

Uh wait, you said no to that, eh? Ok, I will keep thinking.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby robb » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:48 pm

My instructions stated to tighten until snug. They should not be loose enough to move around. Too lose and passenger could loose balance and fall off.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby wiredgeorge » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:27 pm

I had already tighten them... they still flop outwards now and again and create a vision problem and it probably isn't safe to try and turn around and snag them back to where they belong which I have had to do several times. Looks like a bungee cord is next.
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby robb » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:58 pm

Try to remove the bolt and add a rubber washer top and bottom and retighten. Should do the trick and look better than a cord.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby kwild » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:43 pm

Try some hard plastic washers and re-tighten the bolts (tight). You will need to replace them on occasion depending on how much use they get.
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby wiredgeorge » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:14 am

The arm rests should have been spring loaded in the first place... have had other arm rests and they were spring loaded. I will try and add some plastic washers (there are already plastic washers but maybe a couple more will help).
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:27 pm

wiredgeorge wrote:The arm rests should have been spring loaded in the first place... have had other arm rests and they were spring loaded. I will try and add some plastic washers (there are already plastic washers but maybe a couple more will help).

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:29 pm

wiredgeorge wrote:The arm rests should have been spring loaded in the first place... have had other arm rests and they were spring loaded. I will try and add some plastic washers (there are already plastic washers but maybe a couple more will help).

I've had my 93SE for a few years now and the arm rests were never spring loaded. A couple of hard plastic washers should do the trick. I had to add them in the correct spots on my wind wings to stop them from moving in and out.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby reasonator » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:57 pm

There is a flang at the top and bottom of the mount, where the arm slides in and you put the washers and the bolt theought. These flanges are made to bend slightly when you tighten the pivot bolt down. It sounds to me like you just need about a 1/4 to a 1/2 turn more on the pivot bolt to snug them down enough to not swing loosely.
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby regwal » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:27 am

Spring loaded? Never had those on any Wing I've owned but is something to think about. Shouldn't be too hard to do that but wife may not like it. She uses a bungee cord now so when asleep the rests do not swing out. Y'all have me thinking now.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby oldnco » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:04 am

robb wrote:My instructions stated to tighten until snug. They should not be loose enough to move around. Too lose and passenger could loose balance and fall off.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby MikeB » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:11 am

If all the parts were included with the arm rests and they were installed correctly, they would not flop around. Included in the parts were four 1/4" ID nylon washers and they should have already been installed. The washers were to be go between the non-moveable mount bracket and the moveable arm rest. Once installed and tightened, the arm rests will not flop but do move when proper pressure is applied.
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby robb » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:25 pm

oldnco

I know it sounds funny, but year before last a couple I ride with bought new heated suits for Christmas. For toy run on Christmas Eve the lady was so cozy she fell asleep and fell off the bike. Not only did it destroy the Wing but it also took out the HD Night Train directly behind it. Lady was paranoid and wanted armrest as loose as possible so she would not feel confined.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby MikeB » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:36 pm

Arm rests tight or arm rests floppy, I wouldn't blame the arm rests. Sleeping on a motorcycle is never a good idea.
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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby oldnco » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:32 am

Robb, msg just struck me funny and I responded in kind. Figured it had probably happened (unfortunately), but still struck me funny.

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Re: Add On passenger arm rests flop

Postby robb » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:29 pm

I understand. Only takes about 5 minutes before someone asks if they are rested enough to ride. I'm still laughing and did offer them a seat belt if it would help.




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