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post #1 of 14 Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Action Packer's Competition

After using an Action Packer 8 gallon for a while, I spotted a similar box at Wally world. It is advertised as 10.5 gallons. It has similar construction in a double wall lid and single wall box. It has a hinged lid instead of the two latches on the ends. It fits an XL helmet inside without issue. It's slightly taller but has roughly the same footprint as the AP. For $19 it's hard to beat. I like the fact that I can't forget to latch it and lose it (again).

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I think I used that same one before I picked up the Action Packer but mine was green. I can't remember what it was called, but I got it at Walmart.

Perhaps they've changed it. The thing I didn't like about mine was that the hinges weren't secure. They had a gap at the bottom that enabled you to snap the hinges loose and remove the lid if you wanted to. Anybody could walk by and pop them loose, raise up the lid and take whatever was in there. At least with an AP, they'd have to make an attempt to cut the plastic latch/lock things if you use small padlocks on them like I do.

I also found that if you tried to "cram" stuff into it and push the lid down, the hinges would separate because of that quick-release feature. I had to add a piece of that wire like you use to hang pictures to keep the lid from opening too far. If I opened the lid all the way and let it hang under its own weight, the hinges would pop apart.

Are the hinges on this one you're using like that? If they've changed the hinges and it's now available in black, I would consider going back to one.




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post #3 of 14 Old 02-17-2013, 12:13 AM
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Actually, I found a picture of the one I had. Is yours the same thing? Called a "Tough Tote?" I must say I did appreciate the extra storage capacity, but the ugly green always looked kind of out of place on an all-black bike. If they're available in black now, even if they have the same hinge system, it could probably be modified to be secure enough to "keep honest people honest" as they say.






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post #4 of 14 Old 02-17-2013, 04:13 PM
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Also worthy of mention is MTM Spud 6 Dry Box, at a slightly higher price of $30 or so. I've run with one for a year or so, and really like it. Has an interior tool tray, and a separate compartment for maps, etc. Very durable - can be used as a stool. Waterproof, too, as far as I can tell. I try to avoid water while riding, and am most often able to do so.

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Oh yeah, I'm not as disturbed as the above photo would suggest. The skull was only on there for Halloween.........



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post #6 of 14 Old 02-18-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Yup, Thats the one, the Styleworks Tough Tote. They have them here in black with the grey lid. Haven't seeen the green ones. They were in the automotive section of wally world. I'm not sure what you mean about the latches as the lid was assembled on the box. I suppose, if one desired, that you could force the lid off through the hinge. My main concern was that the lid not be left unlatched and fly off, resulting in my favorite sweatshirt being shredded by the chain and forward progress halted.

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Yup, Thats the one, the Styleworks Tough Tote. They have them here in black with the grey lid. Haven't seeen the green ones. They were in the automotive section of wally world. I'm not sure what you mean about the latches as the lid was assembled on the box. I suppose, if one desired, that you could force the lid off through the hinge. My main concern was that the lid not be left unlatched and fly off, resulting in my favorite sweatshirt being shredded by the chain and forward progress halted.
Thanks for the tip. I'm going to see if they have the black/gray ones here. I actually think I'd rather the lid that stays attached: perhaps reinforce the hinges if I have the same problem. It had its downfalls, but so does finding a place to put the Action Packer lid when you remove it. In the parking lot at work, I take it off and lean it against the bike and it inevitably slides and falls flat on the ground.



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I had that exact above mentioned imcident happen to me out on the traill and since then have been paranoid about the lid on the AP being latched down. No concern there now. The tough tote is alot more secure in that area.

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Well, I'm guessing the black ones are in the store. If not, I found them on the WM web site and can do a Site-To-Store order on it. Thanks again for letting us know about this.



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post #10 of 14 Old 05-10-2013, 03:31 PM
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Tough Tote on KLR for rear bag..

Just installed my Tough Tote onto my KLR yesterday. I went this route over the Action Packer because of the larger size and the Hinged lid. I can't imagine that hinge coming apart on accident. Those lids are a PITA to even put on they snap so tight in the hinges. If it does for some reason fail I will just go to Home Depot and put on some metal door hinges but I don't see that happening. I wanted something big enough to fit a helmet and this box will do it with ease. I mounted it on a cutting board from Walmart first then mounted it to the KLR rack. I just drilled 4 holes through the KLR rack instead of finding the right size M6 bolts. I did try the M6 route first but found it to be a major PITA going back and forth to Home Depot trying different sizes and then when I took out the M6 bolts from the factory rack I had to try and yank on one side of the rack to get the holes to match up to try and put the factory bolts back in. I just drilled new holes and uses four 1/4 20 bolts with stop nuts. Much easier that way.. I left the cutting board the original size instead of cutting it down so I hangs over a little on the sides and rear. I drilled out holes all the way around it so I can attach bungee cords for tying down misc stuff. Hopefully will get a chance to try it out soon..
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