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Pakit Rak

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First you have to remove the rear fender panel and the brace for the saddle bag stay
First you have to remove the rear fender panel and the brace for the saddle bag stay
This is the Pakit Rak receiver hitch for the Pakit Rak.  It weighs 3 lbs.
This is the Pakit Rak receiver hitch for the Pakit Rak. It weighs 3 lbs.
Here is a look at the back side of the receiver hitch
Here is a look at the back side of the receiver hitch
Thorough instructions are provided
Thorough instructions are provided
Here I have the cross brace removed, and am ready to install the receiver hitch assy
Here I have the cross brace removed, and am ready to install the receiver hitch assy
Slipping the receiver hitch into place
Slipping the receiver hitch into place
Line up the lower holes with the existing studs and screws. Do not over tighten or you'll strip the aluminum threads
Line up the lower holes with the existing studs and screws. Do not over tighten or you'll strip the aluminum threads
Here is the hitch assy with lower bolts only installed
Here is the hitch assy with lower bolts only installed
U bolt hardware and hitch pin and 3M dual locks for reflector
U bolt hardware and hitch pin and 3M dual locks for reflector
Installing U bolts around saddlebag stay
Installing U bolts around saddlebag stay
Positioning U bolts
Positioning U bolts
The holes did not quite line up on my bike due to manufacturing tolerances of the saddlebag stay
The holes did not quite line up on my bike due to manufacturing tolerances of the saddlebag stay
I simply used a round file to elongate the holes a bit more
I simply used a round file to elongate the holes a bit more
Here you can see the holes are now more elongated so it will fit better
Here you can see the holes are now more elongated so it will fit better
U bolt now lines up perfect.  Future Pakit Raks will already have the larger holes, so you probably won't have this issue.
U bolt now lines up perfect. Future Pakit Raks will already have the larger holes, so you probably won't have this issue.
Install lock washers and nuts and tighten.  Do not over tighten or you could crush the saddlebag stay
Install lock washers and nuts and tighten. Do not over tighten or you could crush the saddlebag stay
All installed
All installed
Now we have to remove the reflector so we can cut the hole for the hitch
Now we have to remove the reflector so we can cut the hole for the hitch
Remove the 8mm nut
Remove the 8mm nut
And the reflector comes right off
And the reflector comes right off
Be careful to line up the holes and tabs properly when reinstalling the rear fender panel
Be careful to line up the holes and tabs properly when reinstalling the rear fender panel
Now I drilled out the existing hole, so it would be large enough that I could get my Dremel tool in it.
Now I drilled out the existing hole, so it would be large enough that I could get my Dremel tool in it.
I used a small sanding drum on the end of my Dremel tool
I used a small sanding drum on the end of my Dremel tool
I then let the inside edge of the receiver hitch act as a guide for the dremel tool
I then let the inside edge of the receiver hitch act as a guide for the dremel tool
I let the sanding wheel cut away the plastic slowly
I let the sanding wheel cut away the plastic slowly
You can see the hole take shape as the hitch guided the Dremel tool
You can see the hole take shape as the hitch guided the Dremel tool
All done.  This hole will be covered by the reflector when the Pakit Rak is not installed
All done. This hole will be covered by the reflector when the Pakit Rak is not installed
This photo shows how the support bar mounts into the hitch through the hole.
This photo shows how the support bar mounts into the hitch through the hole.
The support bar now gets bolted onto the tray
The support bar now gets bolted onto the tray
I simply tighten up the bolts
I simply tighten up the bolts
Rack installed and ready to go. Support bar and tray weigh about 7 pounds
Rack installed and ready to go. Support bar and tray weigh about 7 pounds
Here is a view from underneath with the hitch pin installed
Here is a view from underneath with the hitch pin installed
There are some nice zippered panels on the inside of the lid of the bag
There are some nice zippered panels on the inside of the lid of the bag
There also are mesh panels in the sides for stowing loose items
There also are mesh panels in the sides for stowing loose items
This is the rain cover all rolled up
This is the rain cover all rolled up
The locking bar goes into the bottom of the tray
The locking bar goes into the bottom of the tray
The front of the bag has a real nice place for storing maps and other items
The front of the bag has a real nice place for storing maps and other items
A shoulder strap is also provided with the bag.  Empty bag weighs 7 lbs.
A shoulder strap is also provided with the bag. Empty bag weighs 7 lbs.
Two locks are provided for locking the bag to the rack, and locking the zippers
Two locks are provided for locking the bag to the rack, and locking the zippers
The  bottom of the bag has a stiff support in it.
The bottom of the bag has a stiff support in it.
The sides of the bag also have support panels in them so the bag keeps it's shape even when empty
The sides of the bag also have support panels in them so the bag keeps it's shape even when empty
The locking bar slides into a panel in the bag to secure it to the tray
The locking bar slides into a panel in the bag to secure it to the tray
Sliding the bar in place
Sliding the bar in place
The bar is then locked to the tray
The bar is then locked to the tray
Here is the rain cover on the bag
Here is the rain cover on the bag
Pakit Rack installed and ready to go
Pakit Rack installed and ready to go
Left side view.  Total weight empty, including receiver hitch is 17 lbs.
Left side view. Total weight empty, including receiver hitch is 17 lbs.
Rear view
Rear view
Rear view
Rear view