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02-02-2013 03:42 PM
650Stew I mounted up my cases last weekend because I just couldn't wait... Lol!
It's funny though, I moved them almost as far back as I could on the racks and they still don't leave much room for the passengers footpegs. Bummer.



Here's a back/side pic to show width. Looks like more in the picture but they stick out about an inch or so past the bar ends. Good thing I don't do singletrack or marina pedways!



They're actually mounted below the rack and the top of the seat as well, just the camera angle makes them look higher. The tops are about signal light height.
01-23-2013 08:13 PM
650Stew
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Originally Posted by justjeff View Post
Very nice bags Stew!! Are they the "Dirt Bags" Brand made here in Alberta? Did you go with their mounting racks too?
Regards....justjeff
Yup, they're the Dirt Baggs panniers. I think they might be made in China and Dirt Baggs just redistributes them . They appear to be very well made though, and have a nice soft rubber gasket for the seal. I didn't get the racks cause I bought a set off a seller in BC in the fall. Lol, now we'll have to see if I actually take any trips!
01-23-2013 08:01 PM
justjeff Very nice bags Stew!! Are they the "Dirt Bags" Brand made here in Alberta? Did you go with their mounting racks too?
Regards....justjeff
01-23-2013 07:45 PM
650Stew
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Originally Posted by Snakeboy66 View Post
650Stew,

Very nice cases. What did they cost?

Snakeboy66
$440 not counting tax and shipping

I wanted to get mermites or 20mm ammo can's but I couldn't find any. I liked the Pelican's and Seahorse cases but really wanted top loaders so I bit the bullet and bought 'em. Now to try some longer trips hopefully!
01-23-2013 07:28 PM
Snakeboy66 650Stew,

Very nice cases. What did they cost?

Snakeboy66
01-23-2013 06:53 PM
650Stew I finally made my mind up...



Now, just gotta wait till spring to try them out
11-12-2012 08:33 AM
willys Once you spend an afternoon taking out the inner wall and insulation the mermites are huge! You must leave the gasket ledge or whatever you want to call it for the gasket to live on, but you remove everything else. Yes the trick to the gaskets is to be sure you buy the cans with a good gasket....but if you can't find one with a gasket, I'm sure you could use something else to make the seal.

IMHO....you can't beat the mermites for their cost, capacity and strength for the money.


Sadly they are harder to find than chicken lips at the moment, but if you do, buy them up or post where you can find them for others to benefit.....
11-11-2012 09:12 PM
19willys51 As an Army cook for nearly 15 years, I remember the old mermites very well. The biggest downfall I can see with them is that they have a thick insulated wall, hence the technical term, insulated food container. For roughly the same exterior dimensions the 20mm ammo can has much more room for not much more weight. Also the gaskets for the mermites can be harder to find than the whole thing. my $.02
11-11-2012 07:56 PM
650Stew
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Originally Posted by happycat254 View Post
Check out The Sportsman's Guide.com. I just got a pair of the 20mm ammo cans from them for about 60.00 inc shipping. I shopped around and coudn't find any locally and the other places I found online wanted an arm and a leg for shipping. Granted I'm in the US and its probably more in Canada. But the thing about the guide is, they base the shipping on the price of the item, which sucks when you're buying a pair of sneakers, but finally worked to my advantage. The ammo cans were 25.00 each and I only paid about 10.00 for shipping for the two of them which is pretty amazing considering their weight.
I bought some 3/4" square tubing and fabricated a set of brackets. Including the nuts and bolts, i'm coming in just under a hundred dollars. If you've already got the rack to hang them on, SG could be your new best friend. These are a lot heavier then aluminum ones, but they look virtually indestructible.
Good luck!
Cool site! I tried to run a couple of them through the checkout though, and I got a "sorry, this item is not available for export". Bummer, that is an excellent price on them as well. Though I'm guessing that shipping would have made them end up costing as much as Pelicans if I could have got them across the border... Canada has silly expensive shipping! Takes forever too, most of they stuff I buy from the States takes two or three weeks to get here.

Thank you again for the suggestion, that is a sweet site!
11-11-2012 06:41 PM
happycat254 Check out The Sportsman's Guide.com. I just got a pair of the 20mm ammo cans from them for about 60.00 inc shipping. I shopped around and coudn't find any locally and the other places I found online wanted an arm and a leg for shipping. Granted I'm in the US and its probably more in Canada. But the thing about the guide is, they base the shipping on the price of the item, which sucks when you're buying a pair of sneakers, but finally worked to my advantage. The ammo cans were 25.00 each and I only paid about 10.00 for shipping for the two of them which is pretty amazing considering their weight.
I bought some 3/4" square tubing and fabricated a set of brackets. Including the nuts and bolts, i'm coming in just under a hundred dollars. If you've already got the rack to hang them on, SG could be your new best friend. These are a lot heavier then aluminum ones, but they look virtually indestructible.
Good luck!
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