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post #1 of 9 Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 8:44 pm Thread Starter
 
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Drilling into my new bike

Hello all,

I finally received the G&G armrest and backrest (after a almost two months on order) and am going to attempt to install them myself. I decided to start with the armrests, and am having a difficult time performing step 2 - drilling the rivets out of the trunk lid. Has anyone done this before, or by chance installed these armrests themselves?

The install kit came with new rivets and such so I had to go out and buy a rivet tool! Darn, I hate having to buy new tools

Anyway, I am trying to work up the confidence to start drilling but thought I would look for some reassurance from the experts out here before I totally screw this up by drilling to deep or whatever else!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 9 Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 9:25 pm
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I did this about three years ago and didn't have any problems. If your worried about drilling to deep wrap some tape around the bit so it will stop when your through the rivet. They have never come loose. Your riding partner will appreciate the comfort.

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post #3 of 9 Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 10:02 pm
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I installed mine a couple of years ago. I don't remember any issues with going too deep drilling out the rivets. They came out fine. Do watch the chuck, or as I call it the big spinny part of the drill. I caught just a bit of the inside of topcase and made a small smile in it. Kind of a bummer on my first brand new bike, but only I notice it. The only other part that was a bit difficult for me was the light switch. The bracket is a little fragile.

My wife loves the armrests and they look great.

Dale White

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post #4 of 9 Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 10:24 pm
 
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Buy some extra rivets, and practice on some other similar piece of material.
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post #5 of 9 Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 10:30 pm
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Go slow with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the head of the rivet. Very light pressure until the head of the rivet starts to spin....then back off and push the remaining portion of rivet through the hole. These rivets are soft and drill very easily.

Like the other gentleman said, watch out for the edge of the top case with the drill chuck....there isn't a lot of room. Also make sure you secure the strap that recoils into the top portion of the case, you don't want it to go inside the recoil mechanism. That strap does have to be shortened like the instructions say.

HTH

Ron Kellenbenz


PS I have done both the GG's and the Eagle 1's and found the Eagles a much more pleasant job....he replaced the rivets with bolts also doing away with the need for a rivet gun.


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Ron seems to have the ticket, But If I were hesitant with the drilling I would start the drill by hand. (In the drill but slowly spin it by hand to start the drill) This will help you get it centered on the rivit and prevent the drill bit from "walking" off the rivit and messing up the surrounding area. I would also use a drill the same size as the hole.(rivit diameter) When almost thru the head you can rock the stationary drill back and forth carefully and if drilled deep enough the head will pop off. Good luck

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post #7 of 9 Old Mar 23rd, 2006, 9:48 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to all

Thanks everyone, you have given me the confidence to try it now, and some excellent advice to minimize the chances of me doing any damage. Appreciate the advice!
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post #8 of 9 Old Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:40 am
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Corona helps. But no more than 2 before starting.
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post #9 of 9 Old Mar 23rd, 2006, 3:10 pm
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German beer for a german bike okay? At least some NW micro brews!

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