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post #1 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Opinions on this Tool Tube please

I want a tool tube that will fit my 12V pump with no plastic case, a 21" tube, and a decent tool rool - with tools down the bottom of the tube to get the weight down low.

What are your thought on this before I cut it all to size? It will be around 18" long

It is made of 4" pipe and will be secured in two places by 6" hose clamps;

1 - just below the guide post hole for the LHS rear plastic guard



and 2 - where the frame bends near the indicator - there is actually a groove in the rear guard that takes the pipe



Apologies for the pics - these are from my phone

And what is that box on the LHS - it has some air hole on top of it behind the battery?? Do I have to put the rear plastic cover back on?

Thanks in advance

Cheers Alex
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post #2 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 04:31 AM
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Will the tire hit the tube when it gets pushed all the way up? Seems like a fat tube for that location.

That box is the air box. And what cover are you asking about putting back on?

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post #3 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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No, I don't think the tire will hit the tube - it is all outside of the inner flap under the mudguard.

The rear plastic "bodywork" cover - has some foil and looks like insulation covering a part of the inside of it.

Airbox?? So this is an extension to the airfilter located on the RHS of the bike??

Thanks again
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post #4 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 06:58 AM
 
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As long as it doesn't hit the tire, I'd put it there. I'd also paint it black...Doug
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post #5 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 07:50 AM
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Have you seen http://www.klr650.marknet.us/diy-13_inch_pvc.pdf. It says you may have chain guard clearance problems.

I really like the idea of a tool tube in this location. Keep us posted
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post #6 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 07:50 AM
 
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Air box, yep. Search for airbox mod. It can be bypassed, used for storage.
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post #7 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 09:12 AM
 
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I was out in the garage last night experimenting with a piece of 4" pipe leftover from another tool tube project.

I am placing a 4" tube in the exact same spot you are, however my reason was to brace the saddlebags I use (softsides) so the left bag doesn't droop under the sidecovers. It sort of becomes a faux muffer. The bags then become aligned properly and I will have yet another storage area.

My biggest problem is I can't get 6" clamps where I live. I will have to drive for several hours or mailorder them somehow. Can you believe even Home Depot and hardware stores fail to carry them around here?

Anyway the pipe will be painted black to match the exhaust and the pipe and muffler are both about 4" in diameter so the appearance from the rear will be one of dual exhaust. Crazy.
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post #8 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 06:04 PM
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Somewhere I remember reading 15" for the length but I am not sire what that was based on. Oh it might have been for a Californis KLR with the emissions equipment. Some CA KLRs use this space for a Pleican 1120 case or a Stebel horn.

Tip: wrap your tools, etc. in a drop cloth and insert them in the tube. This will allow you to pull the tolls out easily and give you a place to lay them.

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post #9 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 07:29 PM
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What luggage racks are those? My HT racks won't allow a tube that big there (I think... haven't gone out to look).

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post #10 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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What luggage racks are those? My HT racks won't allow a tube that big there (I think... haven't gone out to look).
They are custom made - average looking but all galvanised and do the job well, plus protect the bike when I drop it ops:

Only issue so far with the tube is that I have to remove the helmet lock - more than likely will mount it somewhere on the luggage rack or the otherside of the standard rack.
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