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Old 04-11-2018, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Canopy mounting issue with new 550sx

Iím building one of the new 550sx kits and Iíve run into an issue with the rear canopy mount. When both mounting posts are tightened all the way I still have 2-3 mm of side to side play. Is this normal? My kit didnít include any mounting spacers but I wondering if I should cut 2-3 mm off the threaded rod to eliminate the play.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There definitely should not be any side to side play since the canopy mount helps secure the frame halves and holds the anti-rotation bracket. It's been a while since I built mine, but the manual shows two 3x5x2 mm spacers that go between the mounting posts and the frame. Without these the mounting posts may be too narrow causing the canopy to close too far. This is at least true for the V2 canopy; I'm not sure if the fit is the same for the new V3 canopy.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks. Thatís what I recall from building a v2 as well. The manual for the v3 doesnít show any spacers and none were included with my kit. I agree there shouldnít be any play, Iím just not sure of the best way to remove it.
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I think the best way would be to just buy the canopy hardware which includes some spacers.

When I built mine (a long time ago) there were 2 or 3 different size spacers included in the kits. Now it looks like there's only 1 designed for the 550SX however you could probably cut it down if it's too long.

Option 1: 05132 Canopy holders LOGO 500/550SX (V3)

Option 2: 04102 Canopy holders LOGO 500

I'd probably go with option 1 if you have the 550SX.
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I would use a couple of washers on each side to take up the slack and then check the gap at the back of the canopy.
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The one listed for the v3 is what was included with my kit. It does not include spacers for the back. The spacers in the picture are used for the front canopy mount.
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If that's the case, then I'd try Greg's suggestion.
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On my model with it all done up there is about 6mm of the parallel bit of the canopy mount showing.

It could be the rod is too long and I can't remember if I cut mine down. It is the same rod as supplied with the V2 kit. As that kit has spacers it could well be it needs a few mms cut off.

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It does not include spacers for the back.
The new canopy is tapered unlike the V2 canopies so no spacers.
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The issue was one of the posts had debris or something preventing it from threading on all the way. Once I cleaned it out with some compressed air everything worked as it should. No spacers needed.
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