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MC Enterprises Review Of Rear Fender Rack
While riding our Rebels, all of us have to haul stuff from time to time. I recently stumbled across MC Enterprises website [MCEnterprises.com] amd realized that they have some new products specifically designed for the 2017 & 2018 Rebel 300 & 500. The product that really caught my attention was the Rear Fender Rack (#121-29). The rack was designed with input directly from actual Rebel owners, which I thought was pretty cool.
The rack was shipped via Fed Ex and arrived quickly, neatly packaged, and included all required hardware as well as a set of Installation Instructions.

What a surprise…..
Here are the instructions as copied from the Installation Instruction sheet:
1. REMOVE THE TWO STOCK BOLTS ON TOP OF THE REAR FENDER. (Author’s Note: Some of us have had trouble removing the bolts attaching the fender and the bolts on the top of the fender. I highly recommend using Hex Bit Allen Sockets when these bolts are stubborn. I ended up with a breaker bar attached to the 6mm socket to break my bolts loose.)
2. SECURE RACK WITH THE 2 NEW 8 MM X 20 MM BUTTON HEAD BOLTS AND 4 NYLON WASHERS, POSITIONING ONE WASHER BETWEEN THE FENDER AND THE RACK AND THE OTHER WASHER UNDER THE HEAD OF EACH BOLT. (Author’s Note: MC Enterprises recommends the use of a thread locker such as Vibra-Tite on all fasteners. I happened to have a tube of Purple Vibra-Tite so I used that. I normally would have used Blue Loc-Tite.)
3. TIGHTEN BOLTS SECURELY. (Author’s Note: Since there are nylon washers used you won’t be able to crank the bolts down like you are trying to twist them off. Just make them good n’ tight and check them after your first ride to make sure they are still tight.)

This is an American Made product and I was really quite impressed with the quality of the welds as well as the matte black powder coated finish. In the photographs below, you'll notice that there are four studs welded to the underside of the rack. These are used to attach bungee cords to help hold your cargo in place. You can purchase this rack, as well as the other Rebel products from MC Enterprises, through your local dealer or from MC Enterprises directly.

MCE
866.886.2368

They are open Monday through Thursday to accept telephone calls and ship products.

Kenny G
 

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Best version I've seen for that style Kenny, much better than the Harley ones that need extended bits etc.

My only concern would be side to side stability as it's only supported by two centreline bolts, unlike the pillion seat which has four additional pads (two each outer side) to take the weight over a greater area.
 

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Best version I've seen for that style Kenny, much better than the Harley ones that need extended bits etc.

My only concern would be side to side stability as it's only supported by two centreline bolts, unlike the pillion seat which has four additional pads (two each outer side) to take the weight over a greater area.
Jim,

I too was concerned about stability.

I am guessing that the kind of loads that one would put on this size rack are not going to be very tall or put much lateral force on the rack when cornering. I can pull on the rack from the right hand side of the bike while the bike is resting on the side stand and not see anything moving. I am mostly going to carry the clothing that I shed as the day warms up and a small box of groceries occasionally. Someone asked about carrying a gallon jug of milk so I am going to test with a gallon jug of water. I don't want to clean up the mess from milk if doesn't work. LOL

Time will tell how sturdy it is, but the workmanship, welding, and powder coating are flawless.

I have adapted studs to hold the fender on to the fender supports so that I can attach bungee cords or a cargo net to the studs, which I think will be stronger than the built in bungee cord studs on the fender brace. The built in studs are really nice touch and will be quick to throw my coat on the rack and attach a pair of bungee cords....

I will take some pics tomorrow with what I have in mind for attaching the cargo net.

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This does look very well made, finished off nicely & keeping the asthetics of the bike by matching the curvature of the fender.
I guess soft bags, clothing, poss a small tent etc are it’s limitations. Anything larger & squareish might be a bit precarious.
Possibly a top box could go on if the base plate was re-fabricated with some flat supports at the rack ends.

If I still had my original fender on, this is what I’d go for.
 

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Lol, did they pay you to post this Kenny? You sound like a salesman :p
It looks neat thou! Quite nice.
Lyoko,

No I didn't get paid, I would like to accept bribes if they are available. LOL

After my disappointment with the Hong Kong and Thailand products it is refreshing to buy an American made product that is the real stuff.

Here is a couple pics of the rack and a cargo net.

Kenny G
 

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Lyoko,

No I didn't get paid, I would like to accept bribes if they are available. LOL

After my disappointment with the Hong Kong and Thailand products it is refreshing to buy an American made product that is the real stuff.

Here is a couple pics of the rack and a cargo net.

Kenny G
Hehe, I have no doubt Kenny :wink2: Enjoy it!
 

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Anyone have any influence with MC to get them to sell in the UK ?? ;)

I would love to put this on my 500. I have removed the passenger seat and pegs (comes at standard in the UK) and have a swing-arm bag but am looking for a nice way of adding more carrying space.
 

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Dispo,

Contact MC and ask .

You have the good Hepco and Becker products in Europe.

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Hello Rebels!

After reading the review here, I decided to purchase one of these rear fender racks myself. I called MC Enterprises and they quoted me $90 (USD) for the rack and another 15 to ship it. MC Enterprises also sells this rack to MeanCycles.com, and MeanCycles charges 86.95 for the rack and 8.99 for shipping. I would have thought it would be cheaper to order it direct from MC, but I guess not! My rack should be here Wednesday. With the money I saved, I ordered one of those cargo nets from Amazon.

FYI - MeanCycles will ship international also.

MeanCycles | REAR FENDER RACK BLACK FOR REBEL 300 & 500 MODELS - Part No: 121-29

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Hello Rebels!

After reading the review here, I decided to purchase one of these rear fender racks myself. I called MC Enterprises and they quoted me $90 (USD) for the rack and another 15 to ship it. MC Enterprises also sells this rack to MeanCycles.com, and MeanCycles charges 86.95 for the rack and 8.99 for shipping. I would have thought it would be cheaper to order it direct from MC, but I guess not! My rack should be here Wednesday. With the money I saved, I ordered one of those cargo nets from Amazon.

FYI - MeanCycles will ship international also.

MeanCycles | REAR FENDER RACK BLACK FOR REBEL 300 & 500 MODELS - Part No: 121-29

-CG
This is actually quite common.
For a manufacturing company it's often more of a hassle having to deal with costumers directly, rather than selling a bunch to a proper parts store/dealer, and let they handle it.
It saves them a lot of time and cost in regards of shipping, and they also becomes stable with the money coming in as they don't have to rely on waiting for a costumer to order before making any money on their item(s).
Not everyone does their practice like this, thankfully, but it's always smart to check around a little beforehand.
 

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My rack arrived a day early! I ordered the rack from MeanCycles.com and it was shipped directly from MC Enterprises. I installed it Tuesday night and had the chance to use it a couple times so far.

Pros:
*The rack is very simple to install. Pull the 2 bolts off the top of the rear fender, and bolt on the rack with the bolts and washers provided.
*Very stable - I pulled on the rack from several directions and it does not budge.
*Size - The rack is big enough so I can strap my gym bag to it and the bag doesn't hang off either end. My helmet fits on it perfectly as well.
*Price - for $86.95 it is a lot less money than the other racks I found online.

The finish and weld quality are excellent as well.

Cons:
Only negative I have is that the bolts that came with the rack are not painted. I know I'm just being picky, but it would be nice to have the option to get matching bolts. I'll probably just paint the heads when I get a chance.

I don't know what the weight limit is for the rack, but this will do the job for me. I use it mostly to carry my gym bag back and forth, and when I'm just out and about it makes a nice place to secure my helmet when I'm parked.

I give it 5 stars, and a solid recommendation.

-CG
 

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Decided to not be cheap and ordered this instead of a chinese knock off built for a different bike.
I'll mostly be using it to strap riding gear and/or lunchbag, but every once in a while I do like to pick up tacos/food that comes in a square container.
Anyone know any tips or tricks to mount a flat object on this rack?
 

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I bought this same rack and it's the only accessory/modification I've done to my 300 Rebel. It's perfect for my needs.

I wear a sling bag on short rides to transport chore items like a gallon of milk or whatnot all the time. (Everest sling bag/amazon)

The problem I had was sometimes with heavier items in the sling bag it would hang down low enough on my back and touch the rear fender. I didn't want to risk the paint scratching.

Now as I wear the sling bag it just rests on the rack and takes the weight off of my neck and shoulders providing just the right amount of slack for the sling bag strap. Perfection.
 

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Maybe slightly off-topic, but we have a couple of kayaks here in Florida and use dry bags to keep things that ought not be wet, dry. Our dry bags work exceptionally well on racks like this as they are water tight and will pretty much form to the shape of the rack. We use them for clothes for overnight trips.
 
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