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post #1 of 7 Old May 11th, 2014, 7:16 pm Thread Starter
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Say Hello to my friend Roland and my new LT flag mount

This is my friend Roland. Roland is a Marine, a retired USAF Major, and a helluva engineer. We ride with the Virginia Patriot Guard Riders standing in respect for those who stood for us. We do a lot of "missions" at Arlington National Cemetery or go wherever the families of our fallen ask us to go. Prior to one of our missions at ANC, I asked Roland if he thought he could figure out a way that I could mount a 3x5 flag sufficiently strong to withstand highway speeds on my '05 LT. I didn't want to install a trailer hitch which is the primary method my Milwaukee Vibrator PGR brothers use to mount large flags. That's all it took. Roland's engineering mind went to work. Without the trailer hitch, the 3x5 mount wasn't a possibility. We looked at mounting a "mortar" to the luggage rack on the top case to hold a 3x5, but discounted that possibility quickly when we found that everything up there was plastic.

What you see is what Roland came up with to allow me to fly my smaller flags in a much more dignified, professional manner. The first photo is the "before" picture. The fabrication is excellent, the fit and finish is top notch, and the whole assembly is easily removable all in one piece. So proud I wanted to share. Thanks Roland!!!

If you never have and may be so inclined, check out the PGR at www.patriotguard.org You don't have to be a veteran (I'm not), you don't have to ride a Harley, no one cares about your politics, you show up when you can. There's no charge, no dues, and no membership card. No appointment necessary and I promise you'll be welcomed anywhere in the country.
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Re: Say Hello to my friend Roland and my new LT flag mount

Hello Brother!
I created a 3/4" thick plywood board with two marine antenna mounts and two SS tubes (from an old vacuum cleaner). I fly 2 Big Flags, (3x5 US and PGR) on flag poles sticking from the antenna mounts. the board is on the rear seat and i use two tie-down straps to hold it on the seat and the back. We don't have any escort missions posted for this week so far, so i won't be mounting it until that time but i can set it in place and will post some pics. BTW they withstand 65 MPH for an hour. the nylon PGR flag doesn't do too well but i'm working on on a border seam.

be careful out there!

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Would love to see some pics! I can picture the marine antenna mounts. Great idea. They're built to handle stress caused by wind and wave pounding, right? The human mind is a wonderful thing. I never even considered the rear seat even though it's a perfectly logical alternative. Pleasure to meet you my Brother. My wife is kind enough to throw my flags on her sewing machine and triple stitch the borders. They have to be redone occasionally, but I haven't had to buy a replacement flag in almost a year and I leave mine on a lot.

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Would love to see some pics! I can picture the marine antenna mounts. Great idea. They're built to handle stress caused by wind and wave pounding, right? The human mind is a wonderful thing. I never even considered the rear seat even though it's a perfectly logical alternative. Pleasure to meet you my Brother. My wife is kind enough to throw my flags on her sewing machine and triple stitch the borders. They have to be redone occasionally, but I haven't had to buy a replacement flag in almost a year and I leave mine on a lot.
i have found some yellow border material, good cement and have just finished the outside edge and corners. tonight i'll have my wife stitch them. the problem i see with just a stitch is that the nylon will weaken with the sew holes. we've patched the PGR several times. i hope this fix will work for awhile. i still don't understand why they don't make a stronger flag (i do, of course----repeat sales).

sorry for the quality of the photos. my iPhone 5S doesn't like pictures-or i don't know how to adjust it-or both. the vacuum cleaner tubes are SS so they were difficult to drill and i didn't do it straight but at least with the retainers, they stay put! the flag poles came from ACE hardware for a few bucks each.

Carpet keeps the wood from abraiding the seat, seat back and the panels under the speakers. the tie downs can of course, be anything. but when anchored to the rack, the upper portion is very secure. the bottom piece is strapped down through the handles. not too much pull or tension and no abrasion. it may not look professional but it is functional.

the only issue is putting the flag covers on (i leave them on the flag poles). it's time consuming so after a mission, i'm the last to leave. but it's also time to cool down in the summer.

ride safe!
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I think that's so cool, Mike. Whatever it takes, right? Love the marine antenna mounts. I'm 6'4" so if the shorter guys with big flags see me standing around, they'll ask me for a hand to put their covers on. I feel needed! At ANC flags have to be furled before we head to the gravesite. My little flags are given a pass.

Like you, I think it's wrong that they don't sell a more durable flag. Charge a little more for it. Same with their pretty blue PGR flag covers. Thanks for sharing the pics. Mark
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Re: Say Hello to my friend Roland and my new LT flag mount

I built a two-flag mount from a bar of 3/8" aluminum, 1" wide. It goes side to side under my top luggage rack and is held in place by three pieces of the same material which sandwich the luggage rack and are held in place by two 1.5" long 8-32 machine screws in each piece. I used my carbide saw blade in a chop saw to notch the 1" bar to hold two Goldwing folding flag mounts. They hold 9" (vertical measure) flags and are painted black so they look almost OEM. If anyone is interested, I'll get some pics and post them. Or call me at 503.708.0563 and I'll IM them to you.
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Re: Say Hello to my friend Roland and my new LT flag mount

Here is Mine. My friend who is also quite talented just got it welded and setup for me.

Here are the pics with it mounted on my 04 -1150RT-P : Ready for the next PGR Mission.








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