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kboaz2001
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Postby kboaz2001 » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:21 pm



I would like to build a flagpole that fits into my Gold Wing trailer receiver. Does anybody have any good ideas on how to do this?
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Sempai
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Re: Flag

Postby Sempai » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:25 am

http://jtdent.com/c-180556-flagpole-to- ... ounts.html has some options for you, get out your wallet.

I made my own, from aluminum square tubing, aluminum round barstock, a stainless steel bolt, and a hitch pin. I spent almost $30 on the parts, but I have access to a lathe, so your ablility to do what I did would be bound by your capacity to do the things I did, if unable to do the machining, you may need to hire a machine shop?

Start with the square tubing, soften 6" or so of all four corner edges so that it will slip in/out of the receiver with ease. Center drill the hole for the receiver pin, it's easier to center punch the hole while the tube is in the receiver, then use a drill press.
Pin the tube to the receiver and decide how far back you want the flagpole to stand. Mark the cut-off point as well as where the flagpole is to be.
Center punch the top edge of the tube for the bolt hole, drill through for a 1/2" coarse thread bolt. Cut off the tube such that when the fagpole is mounted, there is enough tube that both the forward and rearward edges of the pole will sit on the tube.

The next coupla steps I did at work, if you don't have access to a lathe, you can try it free-hand, or see what a machine shop will charge you to do it...Might be cheaper to buy from Flagpoles to Go...
I milled the barstock to only just fit into the flagpole with minimal tolerances, though not so tight you can't slip it on/off by hand.
While on the lathe, I center drilled 2" into the bar's axis so that I could tap it for 1/2" coarse thread.
Using spacers to gap the space from bottom to top of tube (washers, bushing, etc) bolt the bar to the tube using a bolt that only goes into the bar about 1 1/2".
Cut the bar just long enough that the second tier of the flagpole will rest on it while the bottom of the flagpole sits squarely on the tube.
Remove tube/pole mount/flagpole assembly from the receiver and take it to your drill press.
Keeping flagpole firmly seated on the tube, drill 1/4" hole through the center of the pole and mount approximately 1 3/4" from up from the bottom of the pole. At this point the drill ought to pass through the unused portion of the bolt hole in the bottom of the mount.
Reinstall tube/pole mount/ flagpole assembly to receiver. A 1/4" hitch pin will secure the pole to the mount while inuse.



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mtn_boy1
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Re: Flag

Postby mtn_boy1 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:20 am

I fly 3- 3X5 flags on PGR Missions. I also made mine. I welded a 20 in piece of 1 1/4. square steel tubing, a piece of 1/4 flat steel, and 3 - 3/4 X 12" black iron pipe together. I could've just used a longer piece of pipe and made that the flagpoles, but I wanted to be able to change the arrangement of the flags. Fly just the American Flag, or 2 Flags, or all 3. I angled the bottoms of the pipes a little (about 10 degrees) for seperation at the top. Bought 3 shower curtain rods, which fit nicely into the 3/4 pipe and put dowel rods inside them. (maybe 5/8 dowels don't remember now but they fit inside the curtain rods well) Drilled holes at the top for eyebolts and a hole thru the poles and the pipes for a snap pin at the bottom. Slid the mount into my receiver and drilled the hole for the hitch pin. There is a threaded hole on the bottom of the receiver, I put a bolt in it to 'bind' the mount to keep it from swaying. When my flags are furled, I can run any speed. With a m/c tire, I could run about 45 mph with them unfurled. I put an Austone on it a coupla weeks ago and did a test run, unfurled, to 65 mph. Didn't sway at all but would've damaged the flags after a while. We usually stay below 40 during an Escort.
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Re: Flag

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:33 pm

Those are great flag setups, and I commend ALL of the Patriot Guard Riders for the service they provide for our soldiers.
Allan

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Re: Flag

Postby mtn_boy1 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:07 pm

Thanks amsoil. It started out as protection for the families of Service Members during funerals and has really morphed into something better. Although, occasionally, the protection aspect still comes up, the majority of times now it is about honoring the Service Members and families, as well as First Responders. I just did a 600 mile ride on Monday to escort a Marine Unit, some of which had been wounded, to a Camp for some R&R. People lining the streets of those little towns, waving their flags and cheering for the Marines. It was AWESOME! Although we only show up if we are invited, we as a group feel like it is a very small thing we do. I have done several types of Missions. From KIA escorts, wounded warrior escorts, welcome home escorts, etc. It makes me feel like I'm serving again. A lot of Vets, myself included, miss that feeling of serving others when we get out or retire from the Military. This fills the void for me. I would continue to do it even if not another person said 'Thank You' but, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Ride safe and God Bless.
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Re: Flag

Postby wa8cxi » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:36 pm

seen the flying WV on your bike... we got to get one of those for my 88 gl1500 we are working on.... I am in Fairmont WV 20 miles from the Mountaineers home
thank you for your service and God bless all our Soldiers.

Gary USNR

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Re: Flag

Postby mtn_boy1 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:11 pm

You can't tell in the pic but it's chrome and it looks pretty good. Of course I have one on my truck too. Haven't been able to talk the wife into letting me put one on her car (yet). LOL She's a NC State grad. But she's learning.


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