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My new to me luggage rack has blisters in the chrome. It’s very eye catching, making my pride and joy look bad so I would like to replace it. How do I know if a new one will match up to the existing holes. It appears different brands have different mounting patterns. I don’t know what brand I have even though it looks like a Kuryakan. Any suggestions?

1. Do I rechrome what I have.
2. Buy a new one because all racks have the same hole pattern.
3. Tell people not to look at my flaking chrome.
4. Sell it and buy a new DCT.
 

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I’m not anti black, just don’t have anything else on the bike that’s black. It’s not chromed out either. Just has a few extra additions all of which are chrome. Thanks for your suggestion because I do appreciate the blackout look.
 

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Post a picture and we can tell you what brand it is. You'd have best luck replacing with the same as far as matching the current holes, I believe. Hopefully a new one will last better.
 

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Throw the rack away and plug the holes with chrome washers and smooth headed chrome bolts.
I hate the looks of luggage racks on the trunk.
My .02, for what it's worth.
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Throw the rack away and plug the holes with chrome washers and smooth headed chrome bolts.
I hate the looks of luggage racks on the trunk.
My .02, for what it's worth.
Sorry
I agree ... plus 5th gen trunks don't carry weight well.
 

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Another thought, instead of painting it black, how about matching the bike color, or a complimentary color. Might be worth a try.
Powder coat is a wonderful thing. :grin2:
 

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Yes I would like to replace what I have if someone can verify what brand of rack I have. The rack is raised a bit with extenders because of the third light air fin.
 

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Yes I would like to replace what I have if someone can verify what brand of rack I have. The rack is raised a bit with extenders because of the third light air fin.

Looks to be a Kuryakyn.....unless a Chinese knock-off. B.
 

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You live in a fairly large city. I am sure it would cost less to have it stripped and re-chromed. Another positive, as small chrome shop would do a better job than a large production facility. You may also have options to color.


I used to live in Cleveland and worked in manufacturing. If I ever have the time and/or the money, much of my chrome would be black chromed - but that is just silly talk!! LOL
 

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Yes I would like to replace what I have if someone can verify what brand of rack I have. The rack is raised a bit with extenders because of the third light air fin.
Yeah, that looks like a Kuryakyn. I like the idea of getting rid of it and plugging the holes but I'm not a fan of racks anyway. I think they detract from the looks of the third light air fin - more commonly referred to as a "spoiler." ;)
 

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Looks to be a Kuryakyn.....unless a Chinese knock-off. B.
Yes, it looks just like my 12 year old Kuryakyn, even has a rust bubble like mine. :surprise:
 

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I had one of those and the same thing happened to it. Took it and had it rechromed but it still looked like crap.

Would go with Powder Coating if had to do over.



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I have the same rack. It's a Kury.

Chrome is not peeling yet on mine. You maybe able to find a used nice one on eBay or on our own flea market. I removed ours and plugged the holes with rubber plugs I found at ACE hardware. I keep the rack handy for trips when were need the extra capacity. It carries our lightweight bike cover. The trunk lid can not take a lot of weight.

Powder coating it to match some of the other silvers on the bike, like the frame or front cowl, would look nice, IMO.
 

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The End Result

Several of you suggested to throw it away and plug the holes. I was shocked and couldn’t disagree more. However, it was a slight consideration. I wondered how it would look without the rack. The rack had to come off anyway so I removed it and realized the new look was as some of you had said; much, much better. I found nickel plated plugs at “Homey-D-Pot” to fit the 3/8” hole. I sealed them in place to keep my trunk dry.

Thanks for all your suggestions that steered me to a job well done! Photos are proof!
 

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What are you gonna do with the rack? I bet someone on here would have it re-chromed, or powder coated, or....

I have replaced most of my chrome with black, including my trunk rack, which looks just like yours (did). I had it powder coated black, and get a compliment now and then. I also liked the suggestion of complimentary colors in powder coat.
 

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Several of you suggested to throw it away and plug the holes. I was shocked and couldn’t disagree more. However, it was a slight consideration. I wondered how it would look without the rack. The rack had to come off anyway so I removed it and realized the new look was as some of you had said; much, much better. I found nickel plated plugs at “Homey-D-Pot” to fit the 3/8” hole. I sealed them in place to keep my trunk dry.

Thanks for all your suggestions that steered me to a job well done! Photos are proof!
Did you paint those plugs? Color looks to be Titanium?
 

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Several of you suggested to throw it away and plug the holes. I was shocked and couldn’t disagree more. However, it was a slight consideration. I wondered how it would look without the rack. The rack had to come off anyway so I removed it and realized the new look was as some of you had said; much, much better. I found nickel plated plugs at “Homey-D-Pot” to fit the 3/8” hole. I sealed them in place to keep my trunk dry.

Thanks for all your suggestions that steered me to a job well done! Photos are proof!
Yep, looks better w/o it. The trunk lid really shouldn't carry any weight anyways.
You're welcome!
 
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