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post #1 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Seahorse mounting on TurboCity Sequoia Rack

This thread will span a few days. I ordered the cases a couple days back and they are supposed to be here in 1 to 6 days. They're coming from New Jersey, so I suspect 6 days.

Looking over my rack, it appears that it should be fairly straight forward to mount them using a load-carrying bracket at the bottom and a locking latch at the top. The locking mechanism will be a detent pin that goes through the latch and the wall of the case, preventing the latch from rotating to the unsecured position.

The objective is to be able to quickly remove the bags and to have a positive securing mechanism so that they don't fall off while riding down the road. Sounded like a good idea...

Since the brackets are merely a few pieces of bent steel, I decided to tackle the hard stuff first and build the latches. I need two per case for a total of 6 cams.

I wanted to make these from a black material, but had white on hand already, so I went with it. The 'material' is a half-inch thick poly cutting board. Poly's nice; it tools well and is impervious to most stuff and plenty strong for quite a few applications. Half inch is perfect for this, as the latch needs a reach of 1/2" for the 1/2" tubes of the Sequoia.

First thing to do is get six plugs that are 1 1/4" in diameter.


Next, cut even strips to make the latch.


Using the fender washer as a drill jig.


Finished 1/4" holes drilled though both pieces.


The cam is assembled for further work.


Drilling through the whole assembly for the locking pin.


Going to the mighty-mighty ChiCom belt sander for radiusing and smoothing. The belt will remove material from the latch only up to the washer.

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The cam, attached to the case, slips into the rack...


...and rotates into position, locking the case to the rack.


The head of the bolt and the fender washer will be on the inside wall of the case; the latch on the outside. The locking pin, the end of which is visible in the photo above, will come through the wall of the case to lock the latch in place.

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The cases arrived yesterday.

Somewhere along the line I lost a few pictures; dunno where they went. They might be on some random SD card.

Here's what I have:

After cutting and drilling, the first forming operation for the bracket.


The second forming turns it into a hook.


The Sequoia rack before cutting.


The rack after cutting.


Testing the possible locations for the brackets - wound up not using the middle one.


Fast-forward.




And a video of putting the case on. the top case is similarly mounted.

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What about locking them so that they can't be removed without a key? Also, do the cases themselves lock?
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Awesome job by the way. What keeps them from vibrating to the open position?
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There is a pin lock through the cam that goes through the case. I'll post up a picture.

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What about locking them so that they can't be removed without a key? Also, do the cases themselves lock?
Locking them on the rack so they require a key to remove is beyond my village blacksmith skill level. The cases themselves can be locked with two padlocks, and I suppose one could rig up a small cable so that the cannot be removed.

You can get the cases with simple twist locks on the latches, or with either plastic or metal key locks.

Here's the detail on the pin lock:





Today's task is to trim the bolts to length and install LocTited nylock nuts.

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yeah, another member of the PHC with seahorses!....just as good as pelicans for 1/3 the cost.
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Slick, Tom! Looks awesome!




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Thanks LJ! It's been a fun project.

I think for riding the slab they are going to work out fine. Probably stick with my soft bags for longer off-road forays.

One last (right..) refinement, some reinforcement on the inside:



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