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Mounting Rotopax on front rack

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Hi All,

I've looked at a number of previous threads here and on grizzly central, but most seem dated and/or lack clear pictures. I am interested if anyone has mounted a 2 gal rotopax on the front rack of there Kodiak 700. I have a 2021 700 SE. If I was to use the Universal Mounting Plate, it would seem that I would need to drill holes in the mounting plate to center mount the 2 gallon rotopax with one of their DLX mounting packs. Alternatively, using the same universal mount, I could put 2, one gallon paxs out over the wheels and have some space in between. If I chose to use the DLX mounting pack by itself, I would likely need to fashion a mounting bracket on the kodiak's rack to center mount the rotopax which would mean drilling into the factory rack, which I am not interested in doing to prevent potential rusting etc.

I would use the rotopax sparingly for occasional long rides a couple of times a year on the Hatfield / Spearhead trails in Virginia and West Virginia. My front rack is usually occupied by a chainsaw and other tools to maintain my property and feed the woodstove. As such, I would prefer to be able to remove the mounting rack set up as needed. I am gearing up for the riding season so any advice or pictures are sincerely appreciated. Thanks All!!
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I haven't mounted anything like that but I do enjoy making something work in places that I need to make a custom mount for.

For mounting something look where you can use some U bolts, even if you need to drill some extra holes into the mount so that you can attach it where you want.

I have welders, drill presses and scrap metal so that I can fab up just about anything. But if you can use a little imagination you should be able to bolt something together that will work for you.

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I found their mounting plate did not fit the rack. But a piece of plywood did. And I clamped it down, so no drilling into the rack. I just run 1 pack, 2 Gal. On the rear. The rack spacing is the same on the front and back. So, you would have the same issue. But I love the setup. It鈥檚 secure, and gives me plenty of fuel for long days. I find it鈥檚 hard to actually get over 100 miles in a day.
I have done several things similar to what you want to do. Like JD864, I take a piece of plywood and build some sides to contain the tank you want to haul. Then I cut out some pieces to fit in the spaces of the rack, put those cutout blocks in the spaces, and set your plywood box on the rack, screwing the bottom of the rack to the blocks under it. Those blocks will anchor them from moving, and clamps hold it down. Then I simply clamp it down with wood clamps or any kind of clamp. You can modify them if you need to, but it requires no drilling and goes on and off easily.
Not a newer Kodiak but I do have the Rotopax universal plate on my Grizzly鈥檚 front rack. I have a 2 gal rotopax fuel pack that is clipped to a 鈥2 gal鈥 storage pack and those are held on by rotopax mounts bolted to the universal plate. Yes, I was required to drill holes in the universal plate to fit on my rack but went ahead and sprayed the drilled holes with a touch of black spray paint to avoid rust. The mounting bolts that come with the universal plate actually make it very easy to remove and/or reposition and you do not need to drill your rack for those mounting bolts. I previously did the piece of wood but I much prefer the 鈥渃lean鈥 installation of the universal plate鈥 just costs a bit more.
Not a newer Kodiak but I do have the Rotopax universal plate on my Grizzly鈥檚 front rack. I have a 2 gal rotopax fuel pack that is clipped to a 鈥2 gal鈥 storage pack and those are held on by rotopax mounts bolted to the universal plate. Yes, I was required to drill holes in the universal plate to fit on my rack but went ahead and sprayed the drilled holes with a touch of black spray paint to avoid rust. The mounting bolts that come with the universal plate actually make it very easy to remove and/or reposition and you do not need to drill your rack for those mounting bolts. I previously did the piece of wood but I much prefer the 鈥渃lean鈥 installation of the universal plate鈥 just costs a bit more.
Indeed, I am also leaning toward the universal plate and DLX mount, even it requires a bit of drilling, because of the same "clean" look. I may have seen a pic of your setup on grizzly central or something similar, though I don't need the storage pack. I am not so worried about drilling the universal mount and will certainly use U-bolts as others have done / suggested. I did the same with the Pelican case on the back rack. Appreciate the suggestion!
The mounting bolts that come with the universal plate aren鈥檛 actually u-bolts but they do kind of form a u. However, 4 connection points where each is two bolts, two nuts and a short section of c-channel metal. The c-channel is at the bottom of the rack, the c locks in the nuts from turning so all that needs done is to tighten the Phillips heads on top. Like said, makes it easy to remove or reposition the universal plate and keeps it from moving when tightened down.
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Here is mine on the rear. Maybe I bought the wrong stuff, but the RotoPax mount did not fit the rack

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The rotopax universal plate OP linked and is the one I have is 24鈥 x 7鈥 and can accommodate two mounts.
Here is mine on the rear. Maybe I bought the wrong stuff, but the RotoPax mount did not fit the rack
JD, I appreciate the pics. Seeing as I have the plywood laying around, I may go this route given that the rotopax would basically cover the mount and be easily removable. Thanks for taking the time to snap these!

-Adam
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