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post #1 of 11 Old Feb 28th, 2007, 10:25 pm Thread Starter
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Radar detector mount photos

The radar detector mount is made of aluminum round stock, 1-1/4 round stock and sheet metal. The finish is bare, beadblasted.

How its mounted: When you remove the top handlebar cover youll see a piece of metal that is welded to the handlebar that supports the bolt for the lower handlebar cover. I drilled a hole in this support and installed a 10-32 bolt from the bottom, tightened a nut on it leaving an inch of threads exposed. I center drilled the rod 1 deep and tapped it for a 10-32 bolt. I drilled a hole in the top handlebar cover in direct alignment with the bolt. The rod can now be inserted thru this hole and screwed onto the 10-32 bolt (I cut a slot in the top of the rod to accept a screwdriver). The platform is made with a piece of sheet metal, slightly smaller then the radar detector. Below the platform is a piece of 1-1/4 round stock drilled to accept the support rod and side drilled and tapped for a set screw to lock it to the rod. The platform is attached to the round stock with flathead screws. The piece of metal that is welded to handlebar is not parallel to the ground, so I sanded the 1-1/4" piece at an angle to compensate for this and make the platform level.

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post #2 of 11 Old Mar 1st, 2007, 9:17 am
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EXcellent job. i don't think i've seen a better setup.

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Man, is that a palm to the forehead and a 'V-8 juice' post or what?! I'da never thought of that. Real creativity, Bruce. Thanks for sharing.

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Just had to say great job!
Thanks for sharing.

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Excellant job. I used the mirror mount hole on the handle bar but it partially gets in the way of the mirror. this moves it out of the way.
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Very nice Job indeed. I'd be tempted to install a rubber gromet in the handel bar cover to finish the job off. It might keep water from running into the handel bar cover. Classy work for sure.
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Is there a reason why you didn't just use a longer bolt and not add the rod?
Also, I don't know if you are aware of higher tensile strength of certain epoxy resins over that of even steel. There is a 5 minute tube available at wally world in the paint section ffr.
Just curious. Great job btw.
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Is there a reason why you didn't just use a longer bolt and not add the rod?
Also, I don't know if you are aware of higher tensile strength of certain epoxy resins over that of even steel. There is a 5 minute tube available at wally world in the paint section ffr.
Just curious. Great job btw.
A longer bolt the size I used would be too small to support the radar detector and the attachment point at the handlebar is not large enough for a adequate bolt. But the main problem is that the rod/bolt needs to be removable in order to install the handlebar cover. The handlebar cover slides into a slot at the lower front then arcs down towards the handlebar controls. Because of this arc the hole in the handlebar cover does not line up with the attachment bolt below it until its in its final position - you cant install the cover with the rod/bolt in place. The hole in the handlebar cover is a tight fit around the rod. This is important because the handlebar cover keeps the rod from moving laterally giving it great strength.

Im not sure what you mean with regard to epoxy resins. I am very familiar with commercial grade epoxies and the over-the-counter stuff you mentioned. Please explain.

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A longer bolt the size I used would be too small to support the radar detector and the attachment point at the handlebar is not large enough for a adequate bolt. But the main problem is that the rod/bolt needs to be removable in order to install the handlebar cover. The handlebar cover slides into a slot at the lower front then arcs down towards the handlebar controls. Because of this arc the hole in the handlebar cover does not line up with the attachment bolt below it until its in its final position - you cant install the cover with the rod/bolt in place. The hole in the handlebar cover is a tight fit around the rod. This is important because the handlebar cover keeps the rod from moving laterally giving it great strength.

Im not sure what you mean with regard to epoxy resins. I am very familiar with commercial grade epoxies and the over-the-counter stuff you mentioned. Please explain.

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I just meant that the threads are not necessarily necessary.

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But the main problem is that the rod/bolt needs to be removable in order to install the handlebar cover. The handlebar cover slides into a slot at the lower front then arcs down towards the handlebar controls. Because of this arc the hole in the handlebar cover does not line up with the attachment bolt below it until its in its final position - you cant install the cover with the rod/bolt in place.

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