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Old 10-17-2018, 06:17 PM
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passenger backrest

sooo....pillion needed a backrest. the options were..

-sargent/corbin seat with backrest
-rack with topcase or stuffed soft bag
-make something

well, stock seats work great for me. sargent seats are massively uncomfortable and i didn't want to roll the dice on a $1k corbin i couldn't try first.

didn't really want to have a topcase or need a softbag all the time.

so, not seeing a commercial solution, i went with option "C"....make something.

needed a strong rack so i went with an SW-Motec
picked up a corbin backrest off ebay that was close to the stock seat black
and welded up a custom bracket to securely mount the backrest to the rack.

rack installed

of note..the ears for the sidecases on the rack are a mm or two too low. had to shim the underseat side case mounting bar down a touch to compensate.

test fit after initial design and welding. this was to make sure she was good with height and fore/aft location.





cut and finished with multi-coats of semi-gloss black.




installed






now...to find some time for a test RIDE!
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Re: passenger backrest

Nice looking garage - you have a few interesting bikes and cars in there!!!
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Re: passenger backrest

Nice work and bet you saved some money.

I see a blue E36 in the top photo...looks nice. I had a '97 Ti that I dumped way too much money into. I'll never buy another old BMW car - they're very high maintenance if you use it for a daily driver.
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Re: passenger backrest

Bruce - yes...i have a life long BMW affliction...2 and 4 wheel... only vehicle i own without a roundel is the F250 truck i use to tow BMW's to the track with.

R111 - that is a TechnoViolet 97 M3. i am the original owner. it has long been retired from daily driver and track duty. it has not been to a dealer or commercial repair shop since 98. the older (pre-2000) BMW's are so much easier to work on and cheaper to maintain than newer ones. i also have a 2002 325it that is just a nightmare to fix. if i didn't do all my own work i would have dumped it a long time ago. the only way to own a newer bmw nowadays is to buy it new and sell before the warranttee/free maint plan runs out.
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