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dean1662
03-11-2013, 04:26 PM
Thought id share a mod i did today. Got the idea after seeing the bikini frame. This is on a KU 3700. Didn't have to alter the pack or cut anything. I used 1"x 1/8" thick aluminum stay material. I used #6 stainless bolt and stainless nuts. I lock tited the nuts. It really make this pack solid and stout.1181111812

Tim in Washington
03-11-2013, 05:53 PM
I've thought about doing the same thing with the top spreader on my 5200.Mostly I wanted it as high as possible and would want to let the ends run past the stays long enough to attach lashing straps all the way around the pack to eliminate some of the "muffin top"effect
Tim

chippewawarrior
03-11-2013, 07:21 PM
That looks like a solid design! Does it stop the pack from barreling? I'll have to compare it ti my Bikini in a couple weeks...

dean1662
03-11-2013, 07:35 PM
That looks like a solid design! Does it stop the pack from barreling? I'll have to compare it ti my Bikini in a couple weeks...

It doent completely stop the barreling, but it does limit it. It really does help stabilize the frame and keeps it from collapsing when empty. I think it will definitely help its load carrying capability.

chippewawarrior
03-11-2013, 09:26 PM
Another thought... I'm assuming you are doing this with the aluminum stays? Given the size/width of the wood stays, I would think they would crack and fail...

dean1662
03-11-2013, 11:02 PM
Chippewarrior, yeah I share your concerns, that's why I went with such a small bolt, size 6 to reduce the size of whole drilled in the stay. I think it will hold up fine, but time will tell