Quick Disconnect System for Silverado Bags
Written by Dave McDougall (ZOOMER)
Thursday, 10 June 2004
Reprinted by Permission from Mr Tidy's Tech Tips
|Whenever I wanted to clean the bike up it was always a pain to have to unbolt the bags off the supports so I could clean in behind them. I thought of these pins and tried them out. Turns out they work great and it's now a snap to remove the bags for cleaning or for taking them inside while traveling.
All that's needed are 8- 6mm bolts that are long enough to provide the pin length needed, 8 small hairpins and 8- 6mm nuts. Any hardware store should have all of these items.
I screwed the bolts into the bag brackets and run the nuts up the threads on the backside to lock them into place. Now just measure the lengths according to the drawing and cut them off with a hacksaw. Clean the edges up with a file and drill the 3/32" holes in the top pins. You might want to mark the top pins and then remove them for drilling.
When reinstalling the bags you are going to have to push on the top of the bag to get the top pins to align with the holes in the bag. The bottom pins are only there to hold the bag in position and the top pins do the actual fastening of the bags. Use the large washers from the original hardware on the top pins and install your hairpin….Done.
I've been running with this setup for 31,000 kms with no problems or rattles. Hope someone can find this information useful.
Dave McDougall (ZOOMER)
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Written by lakeczar4, on 08-23-2008 08:01
I read with great interest the article on the quick release system. If you can find them, get 4 star or knurled knobs that have 6 mm studs on them. Use just the studs on the bottom (or get four and use them on all points), as in the original modification.Use the star knobs on the sides and you can quickly spin them out to take your bags off. Works even on the hard bags. Also eliminates anything catching or scratching on the hairpins when you load or unload the bags. Most hardware stors carry the star knobs, some carry the metric version. Watch out for the caged idiots.
Written by shorty, on 07-12-2008 09:16
this system works with the hard bags just pull the spacer out of each rubber gromit ang set yhe bag over the studs and then push the spacer over the studs works great
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Written by FourFingers, on 05-22-2008 06:43
I have the ultimate solution to the quick disconnect,it only takes about 5seconds for each bag.I used half of Dave's idea and was wondering if you don't mind that as soon as I have figured out how to post the pictures tha I can use it?
Written by stardust, on 07-31-2007 22:29
Good system Dave. Wish I'd looked a little closer and noticed the soft bags. At least I only made the pins up for one side and tried it out only to discover that you can't force the Silverado Hardbags on there.
I'm going to use the top pins and the allen head bolts on the bottom so it'll help a little anyway. All is not lost.
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