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post #1 of 7 Old 10-22-2012, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Best Side Luggage Setup?

It's time to go legit. No more tie-downs across duffel bags and hoping for the best. I think Pelican 1430 toploaders are the best for how i pack. Anybody have these? If so, what side racks do you recommend? I was thinking either happy trail SU or Dirt Racks. And then I'm gonna get that Happy Trail luggage plate. Those look solid.

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If all you want to do is drill some holes and mount your boxes or cans, IMHO, the strongest rack out there is the PackRat system.
http://packratadventuregear.com/

I use mermite can, military food cans made from alluminium which are super strong and light. Google them and see....IF you can find a set that are workable, they are by far the best non specific panniers on the market.

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I use mermite can, military food cans made from alluminium which are super strong and light. Google them and see....IF you can find a set that are workable, they are by far the best non specific panniers on the market.
Thanks for the suggestion. Never consider mermite cans. Been thinking about 20mm ammo cans, but MAN are they heavy. Nearly 20lbs per!

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I went with the pellican 2600 cases mounted to SW motec EVOquick lock side carriers with SWmotec quick release mounting kits on the side and top. These cases are not top loaders but with the quick release mounts they remove with the turn of a key. You can quickly remove them from the bike for packing or to find something in a hurry on the road. Much more convenient than searching through a toploader looking for something on the bottom. If you are going into a motel just release the case from the bike and carry it in, no hassle! I bought mine at Twisted Throttle. All three cases and quick release mounts are the same bracket on the case so you can move the cases around as needed. The racks also quick release from the bike so they are easy to remove when not needed or to do maint. One downside....this is not the cheapest way to go.
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I went with the pellican 2600 cases mounted to SW motec EVOquick lock side carriers with SWmotec quick release mounting kits on the side and top.
just looked these up. serious loot! they look awesome though.

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If you have some fabrication skills you can make your own quick release brackets to work with any cans etc.....it's all a matter of time and expertise. If you do use mermite cans you must clean them out to get the best use out of them, that alone is a day's work to get them as close to perfect as you can. But well worth the time and effort. they are extremely light and super strong. I came off on the Dempster at 80 2 summers ago and they saved my leg and showed nothing but a slight scratch!
Again, to each their own.

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I'm interested in the mermites as well. Where did you find them in Canada Willys?

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