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post #1 of 2 Old 10-25-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag Mod

Soon after I purchased the Explorer Lite tank bag, I realized that I should have chosen the Rainier for the extra external pockets. I find that small items get lost in the Explorer Lite's main compartment which leads to emptying most of the contents to find what you're looking for.

So, being a cheap bastard... er, I mean thrifty KLR owner, I thought of a way to turn the Lite into a Heavy without spending $160 on a new bag and having a perfectly good bag sitting in the closet. Wolfman sells a "Large Pocket" set for the Rainier ($38.00). Tony down the street at Cyclenutz just happened to have a large pocket set in stock so I motored on over last night and picked them up.

The Rainier has a slightly different shape (2" taller at the front) than the Explorer Lite so the fit isn't perfect but it is close enough for me. The pockets attachment buckles are not part of the Explorer Lite so some MacGyvering was in order. Since I'm no Martha Stewart and can't sew, I did what any clear headed man would do, I ran some freakin screws through it!


To mount them, I located the pockets where I wanted them, lined up one of the plastic washers up in the corners of the pockets, ran a scratch awl through both the pocket and the Explorer, then poked a pencil tip soldering iron through the awl hole to melt a perfect hole. Buttoned her up with a plastic washer on the other side, some 10-32 stainless screws and nylock nuts, done in 20 minutes flat. I used three screws per bag, overkill I know.

Turned out better than expected and it's nice to have all of the small stuff out of the big compartment. The Large Pocket kit came with a third bag for mounting to the front of the Rainier, but I have a SAE roof mount connector there for powering up whatever I want to plug into it. The loops on the third bag will work great for if I wanted to attach it to the cross bar on the handlebar.

Should have bought the Rainier to begin with, but this is a close second.

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-25-2011, 05:36 PM
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I use the same bag on occasion (with the same problem of losing small stuff in it) and yours is an excellent idea I may very well copy. I put one of those divider things from a camera big in mine and it kind of worked, but the exterior compartments are a much better solution. Thanks for the idea!

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