Luggage Rack Bracing


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Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby bstig60 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:57 pm



I am going to add a Kuryaken luggage rack to my 99 1500. My 88 has a similar rack, but it has a couple of aluminum strips on the inside of the trunk that are formed to the trunk shape. They appear to be support for the rack. I am thinking about trying to fabricate something like it for the newer bike. Anyone have any thoughts?


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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:23 pm

bstig60 wrote:I am going to add a Kuryaken luggage rack to my 99 1500. My 88 has a similar rack, but it has a couple of aluminum strips on the inside of the trunk that are formed to the trunk shape. They appear to be support for the rack. I am thinking about trying to fabricate something like it for the newer bike. Anyone have any thoughts?
Trunk Bracing pic.JPG


Have a look at this: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Also check out http://rudysproducts.com/index_store.html - about halfway down, you'll see "GL1500 Pre-Formed Trunk Lid / Rack Reinforcement Kit" that will work if you don't want to roll your own.

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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby Mh434 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:40 pm

I think it's a good plan. Mine doesn't have bracing, and I have to be careful not to close the trunk using the rack as a handle (but it's soooo inviting to use it for that!) as the lid flexes noticeably when I do so. I intend to brace mine during the winter, while the bike's laid up for the other 298,887,624 things I want to do on it. :D

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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby bstig60 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:39 pm

Thanks for the reply and the suggestions. Rudy's solution is interesting, has anyone used it?
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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby dingdong » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:03 am

I personally haven't used it but I know a couple of guys who have it. The lid will never crack with it installed. Adds a lot of support.
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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby minimac » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:06 am

I cut and formed a piece of scrap sheet metal to fit on the bottom side of the lid. A thin piece of rubber gasket material was used between the lid and the sheet metal to seal it and because I had it laying around. It works well for me, helps keep the lid from flexing, and hopefully spreads the load over a bigger area.

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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:05 pm

bstig60 wrote:Thanks for the reply and the suggestions. Rudy's solution is interesting, has anyone used it?


The support pieces made from ABS pipe in the pictures is actually my bike; I did the exact same thing to my GL1100. The trunk lid is extremely strong and solid with it in place.

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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:46 pm

I ordered Rudy's Trunk lid bracing kit today. I will post some pics when I install the kit.
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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:58 am

I have Rudy's trunk brace kit and it's great. The only thing you should be aware of is that adding a rack and the trunk brace kit adds weight to the trunk, obviously. The added weight doesn't pop up the trunk like it does without it. I find it's a two hand operation to lift the lid.
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Re: Luggage Rack Bracing

Postby bstig60 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:24 am

Thanks, but I am aware of that from my 88. At least I will have a handle to lift the trunk lid with.


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