Okay, Viking Bags Installation part 2 on the Octane. Just to reiterate, the "universally fits nothing" hardware is passable. As expected, I had to fab up some stuff myself and make a second attempt. I want it to look clean and feel solid. I am definitely going to be doing one more round in the coming months to get the "OEM Look" I want. Anyhow, let's move along.
First, you'll need to make up a template from cardboard to match the shape of the bags. I used this to position where I would like the bags to hang and eyeball clearances on each side. Here's the template lined up with the backside of the back. Holes punched to line up with the brackets.
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Here's a shot of thr brackets, lined up where I wanted them. In order to prevent the bags from rattling and slapping against the mounts - thus breaking off - I also cut up some 1.5" x 1/8" aluminum stock into horizontal supports. After some miles if there's too much vibration I can put an additional hole or two along the aluminum supports to attach the bags. One thing to remember: remove the lower sliding portion of the brackets. Saves some weight and they just interfered with the belt guard anyways.
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After getting everything lined up with the template and the brackets it's time to drill into the bags. Ugh. The one thing I DID NOT want to do, but no way around it. Testing alignment of the supports. I drilled holes that were 3/8" instead of 5/16" (8mm) for wiggle room.
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On to the next step... You know those 4 philip's head bolts they give you? Throw them out. Go to your local hardware store and get 8mm x 1.25mm x 20mm bolts, nylock nuts, and some 1.5" flat washers. Good hardware will make all the difference in supporting the bags. The large flat washers distribute the load against the brackets.
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Then, assemble it all. I used two 1/2" spacers for each bracket to bring them out far enough. I would like to get some spacers that fit more precisely and are a single 1" piece. I guess everyone needs projects...
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