Don Muddiman's Eagle Innovation Armrest Review
I recently purchased a set of Don Muddiman’s Eagle Innovation armrest for my 2005 K1200lt. I decided to install the armrest myself since the estimated time to install was two hours per the instructions.
Quality of the Product: A+
Quality of the instructions: A-
Actual Time to install: 5 hours (Could probably cut in half if I installed a second set for someone elses bike since you would not have to read and re-read the instructions)
I have a typical discount store socket set for my tool kit so I don’t have many specialized tools. Overall the instructions were very well written with a few minor exceptions:
Step 4: Instructions fail to mention to remove the light switch retainer from the original hinge support. In step 13, the instructions do tell you to drill a ¼” hole through the original rivet of the switch retainer but it doesn’t tell you where to find the light switch retainer. After 10 minutes of searching, I realized it was on a part that was previously removed.
Step 7: This step gives you two options. You can use a M6x1.00 tap or redrill the 3/16” hole in the stiffener to a 15/64” hole. Since I did not own a tap, I chose option 2. When I finished the drill out, the hole was slightly too big for the screw which prohibited the bolt from “screwing” in. I ended up buying a slightly longer bolt and a lock nut and washer to install through the hole. I don’t attribute the hole being too big as a result of bad instructions but to my skill in drilling a 15/64” hole or my misunderstanding of the instructions. If I was going to install another set of Don’s armrest, I would simply buy a M6x1.00 tap for this step.
Step 11: Most of you probably own a Xacto knife but my discount tool kit did not have one. Instead, I used a drill and a 3/16” drill bit to carve out and trim the appropriate areas discussed in the instructions. The process I used actually provided a cleaner and more professional look versus the Xacto knife.
Step 12: This step has you trimming off a panel tab. Since I did not have a Xacto knife, I used Dremel tool with a barrel sanding tip…ok, this is my one specialty tool I own. It worked well and gave a clean finish.
The one thing I would like to see Don include in the kit that was not included was he calls a T20 right angle driver. People like me who do not know the lingo call it an allen wrench with a T20 tip. I went to two national chain hardware stores plus one local hardware store in search of this item. The only thing close to a T20 right angle driver I could find was “pocket knife” looking gadget with several T type of keys. I ended up drilling out the pin on this gadget and taking the T20 and putting it in a vice and beating it with a hammer to make it a right angle.
It would also be nice if Don included an outline of the bolts in the instruction manual since some of them look similar. This would allow you to take a bolt, lay it on the outline, and figure out which bolt matches up.
Overall, I am thrilled with the results of my “Do It Yourself” project. More importantly, my wife is happy with the results. Don’s product offers a real value versus the other options on the market without sacrificing quality.
Last edited by anwdaryl; Apr 20th, 2011 at 5:49 am.