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post #1 of 15 Old 07-21-2010, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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For some men, one tool tube is not enough.

Been kicking this idea (and the tubes) around forever. Decided to finally do it. I kind of dig it. Makes it look like I have afterburners, too. And of course I incorporated some duct tape. All stainless steel hardware (wingnuts and washers all around). Hinges on the front. I will probably keep my rain gear in one tube and tools in the other.

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Connecting bar is a strip sawed out of an old plastic cutting board.



They look off here cause the bike was on it's stand:



Camera happy wife:









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post #2 of 15 Old 07-21-2010, 09:57 PM
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Been kicking this idea (and the tubes) around forever. Decided to finally do it. I kind of dig it. Makes it look like I have afterburners, too. And of course I incorporated some duct tape. All stainless steel hardware (wingnuts and washers all around). Hinges on the front. I will probably keep my rain gear in one tube and tools in the other.

My crew:



The Tubes:




Connecting bar is a strip sawed out of an old plastic cutting board.



They look off here cause the bike was on it's stand:



Camera happy wife:




Thats really cool,,I may have to experiment with somthing like that,nice job!
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Yup. You nailed it.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-22-2010, 03:37 AM
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Just curious why you have the tubes pointing down instead of up and I would be afraid the cap would vibrate off and you loose the contents. I would drill a small hole and install a self tapping screw so that there wouldn't be a chance of the cap vibrating loose. I would also turn the tube around. IMO

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Yeah, I agree, that's the way I wanted it originally, but I couldn't figure out how to mount them better. Trunk was too small and the attaching ends aren't flat or the same on the tube. Kind of hard to describe. I don't know what the tubes are meant to attach to, but a flat surface it ain't.

The caps aren't coming off in a hurricane though. There's like 3" of threads and they're tight as hell with a rubber grommet to boot. I'm only going to keep light stuff like rain gear and shit like that in there. As I was thinking about it tonight, I'm not sure it would take a lot of weight.

You outed me. Faux tool tubes. They still look like afterburners though.




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fill it full of used oil for those fast escapes from those zombies !
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Thumbs up Nice setup

Nice job of installation. Good place for storage of frequently needed items.
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I think that legally you can only have red reflecting to the rear if it's attached to the bike. I know I've seen plenty of bikes with white on the back of panniers, probably won't get pulled over. I would want red on the back though.

You don't have that topcase just ziptied on do you?

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I think that legally you can only have red reflecting to the rear if it's attached to the bike. I know I've seen plenty of bikes with white on the back of panniers, probably won't get pulled over. I would want red on the back though.

You don't have that topcase just ziptied on do you?
No, the zip ties are kind of an inside joke. The trunk mount is attached by bolts. And reflective tape is the next step. I have a ton of it.

Wayne, my wife has been coming up with 'james bond' ideas. Oil was one of them.

Thanks for checking it out y'all.




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