Aug
15

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Alternatives for Fender Hooks – Installing MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag on KTM EXC, Husky TE

Giant Loop’s Dustin Cary roostin’ the KTM 500 EXC on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks – the fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. With the MoJavi, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat – when tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.

Here are a couple of options for fitting the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag on these machines with the double-thickness rear fenders:

Dremeled notches in a KTM 350 EXC rear fender make a simple and effective “seat” for the fender hooks on Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag. NOTE: If notches are not positioned to keep tension on the hooks, they can pop out of the notches.

1. Use a Dremel tool to make small notches in the rear fender, so the fender hooks will seat securely.

This is our current favorite solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution.

2. Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.

Giant Loop rider Jim fabricated this metal bracket, which attaches via the fender bolts and provides a perch for the Coyote Saddlebag’s or MoJavi Saddlebag’s fender hooks.

3. Fabricate attachment points using the screws that hold the rear fender assembly together. We’ve seen D-rings and other clever hardware solutions that make use of the bike’s own bolts.

4. Others? As my grandfather would say, there’s more than one way to skin a cat! Share your solution – send us an email with pics and an explanation of what you’ve done.

Stop Scuffs and Scratches!

If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.

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