Last week my Wompus rack showed up.
These racks are of very high quality as Mark hand makes each one to order. The downside with the Drifter is where the rack mounts (width, whole diameters etc) changed marginally over the period of the bikes production life. Meaning that spacers are required depending on your bike.
So, first job was to weld in the spaces so I dont have to screw around with them every time I want to take the rack on/off.
Next was how to mount my throw-over panniers. The rack just isnt quite wide enough for the panniers to clear the rear shocks, so some frames are needed.
So; off to Bunnings. A few lengths of 5mm round bars, some 1inch M8 hex-joiners, and some nut and bolts and I was read y to rock and roll.
The first step was the bend the bars to the right shape. With the help of a gas torch (and a bit of trial and error); this is what I came up with:
A few spots of (bad) welding for the hex joiners to the top of the bars, 4 holes drilled into the side of the rack and it was done!
But, project are always better with photo’s
(Just ignore the horrendous state of my garage)
Today the frames got a coat of paint and worked on the mounting for the roll bag.
This is the frames mounted. As you can see they just bolt straight into the side of the rack. The tops are just hex joiners. The allen bolts screw tightly thru them, then thru the rack and a nut on the inside.
This is with the panniers on
You may have notices the press-studs riveted to the rack. These match up with short straps on the bottom of the bag (two at eh back, one at the front):
And wha-laa, one luggage set up: