Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800


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Skyryder
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Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800

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I bought a two ball Ram mount for the left side reservoir, but of course the bolts are all too long, off the my local ACE to get the correct size stainless bolts. The issue I am seeing is that the RAM bracket does not actually meet the reservoir flush on the bottom right side due to a flange on the reservoir. I am not sure if this matters in the log run, I just am a little bit nervous about tightening the bolts too tight, because with my luck I'll strip or break one off and have to replace the entire assembly. Just curious if anyone has used something similar with their setup. I have more than a few RAM pieces, so really want to find a way to make it work, so that I can have my ZUMO and phone on the left side. TIA


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Re: Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800

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Is it the model that replaces the two clamp screws? Similar to this:

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-309-2U

You are rightly concerned. If you are torqueing this so tight that you are concerned about twisting the bolt off, there is something wrong. This mount should not contact the reservoir at all, only the clamp part of the housing.

The mount normally comes with six bolts (use the two that are the right thread pitch), two washers and two spacer. You need the spacers between the RAM mount and the handlebar clamp. The RAM spacers are fairly soft plastic and some folks have made new ones of metal.
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Re: Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800

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If the mount Andy supplied the web link to is the one that you have, I would suggest that you take one of the plastic bushings to the hardware store and match it to a metal bushing. I put the single ball mount on my Wing using the supplied bolts adding the metal bushings and putting stainless steel washers under the bolt heads. I purchased the bushings and washers at a local Lowe's from the hardware isle. By doing this everything tightened up and felt solid. The washers helped bridge the gap under the bolt heads against the mount.
DT, Enjoy the ride.
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Skyryder
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Re: Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800

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Thank you for the reply, its amazing how much easier it is when you have the right tools for the job. The bolts supplied for the unit were all too long, even with the spacers, so I went to ACE and got stainless ones a little bit shorter. This allowed the Ram unit to snug up nicely to the handle bar and all is well. I am going to look for a spacer, or cut the ones with the kit to a shorter length just to cover the part of the bolt that is exposed. Will do a test ride today, to see how to best position the units. Again, thank you
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Re: Ram mount for clutch reservoir '03 1800

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My answer was to cut down the longer screws to the right length. The spacers in the kit are plastic and I felt like they would end up "squishing" and get loose. I took a 1/4" x 1" coupling cut, drilled out the center threads with a 1/4" drill bit then carefully cut it in half to use the halves as spacers. They fit perfectly inside the "grooves" of the clutch bracket.




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