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I was practicing some figure 8's in the grass and took a power slide spill that resulted in a busted rear carrier rack. I have Tusk Racks and Hard Panniers on the bike. Did I just hit to hard for the rack to handle it or is the placement of the Tusk Rack supports in the OEM slot on the side of the rack just not a good idea. Wondering if anyone has made an aluminum carrier rack vs the OEM plastic. Planning to ride the TAT this summer and I know I will have incur a few more spills. I do plan to swap out the hard panniers for soft panniers.

Short Video Clip of the spill
https://youtu.be/U9GdagLZsC8

Boxes a bit out of kilter.
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Cracked Rear Carrier Rack
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I was practicing some figure 8's in the grass and took a power slide spill that resulted in a busted rear carrier rack. I have Tusk Racks and Hard Panniers on the bike. Did I just hit to hard for the rack to handle it or is the placement of the Tusk Rack supports in the OEM slot on the side of the rack just not a good idea. Wondering if anyone has made an aluminum carrier rack vs the OEM plastic. Planning to ride the TAT this summer and I know I will have incur a few more spills. I do plan to swap out the hard panniers for soft panniers.


That was a very soft spill so I would say all that load got transmitted to the carrier rack, might be just bad luck, we dont know. I dont think we are going to know unless you want to do a lot of testing.
There is an aftermarket rear carrier in black Stainless Steel.
http://atoeng.com/product/12230/

They are comming out with other accessories for that in the future.
 

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Next years AT is having a new tubular steel rack so it might be worth asking if it is retro-fit to existing models?
 

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500 bucks for that ATO, though. Ouch! I've already sunk thousands into this bike, and haven't even touched the suspension yet. I can't justify putting any more money into the bike. I'll probably trade up in another year or two and make do with it as it is now. I'm thinking I could fab some metal to reinforce the oem plastic carrier.
 

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ATO is out of stock and not exactly great looking. I like the idea of trying next years tubular steel rack. A new plastic rack is $318 from partzilla. I wonder what the new tubular steel rack will cost. The cracks cannot be seen from the outside so may just try to put some kind of JB Weld on my cracked rack. Does anyone know what kind of plastic the rack is made from?
 

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I was practicing some figure 8's in the grass and took a power slide spill that resulted in a busted rear carrier rack. I have Tusk Racks and Hard Panniers on the bike. Did I just hit to hard for the rack to handle it or is the placement of the Tusk Rack supports in the OEM slot on the side of the rack just not a good idea. Wondering if anyone has made an aluminum carrier rack vs the OEM plastic. Planning to ride the TAT this summer and I know I will have incur a few more spills. I do plan to swap out the hard panniers for soft panniers.

Short Video Clip of the spill
https://youtu.be/U9GdagLZsC8

Boxes a bit out of kilter.
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Cracked Rear Carrier Rack
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I don’t know how you did it but I did the western TAT over a year ago and for most of the time I looked like this......
 

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ATO is making one last run before closing its doors, but you had to be in on the group buy last month. The 2018 rack can't be retrofitted to the 1st Gen bikes due to changes in the subframe and body panels. At this point, the only option is to order a replacement from Honda...SC
 

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ATO is out of stock and not exactly great looking. I like the idea of trying next years tubular steel rack. A new plastic rack is $318 from partzilla. I wonder what the new tubular steel rack will cost. The cracks cannot be seen from the outside so may just try to put some kind of JB Weld on my cracked rack. Does anyone know what kind of plastic the rack is made from?
I'm not sure if you fixed it already, but I've used this product in the past for many plastic repairs and it's worked great.
http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/epxy_plstc_s/overview/Loctite-Epoxy-Plastic-Bonder.htm
 

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I've dropped mine several times on tarmac with no damage to the grab handles. Weird that they'd break after being dropped on dirt.
 

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Has anyone worked out a replacement for the original piece of rubbish.I went for a dirt ride and the rack cracked now good for nothing. ATO are useless with their mention of new runs that never happen. Surely someone has a fix. Getting another OEM rack seems like a waste of money. I repaired mine and reinforced it with steel rods and it still re-cracked.
Help!
 

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That's why the ATAS has a steel rack - steel is heavier but a lot less likely to crack. The mount points should be the same - I'd just get a 2018 ATAS rack. For passenger comfort I like the one like yours because it fits a hand better - but I'll stick with the steel so it can survive rough use better.
 
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