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I was on a mission to find a suitable spot on the bike to store a front and rear heavy duty tube without taking up space in one of the panniers. There seemed to be enough real estate on the back side of the left pannier rack. Lo and behold, someone at Happy-Trail was thinking similar thoughts. I purchased their SU Rack Utility/Tool/Carrier System and installed it.

SU Rack Utility/Tool/Carrier System installed.


I didn't install the third component of their system (another "L" shaped part that would bend up on the tire side) due to the thickness of the tube bag and proximity to the chain guard.

Inner view.


Here is the Moose Racing Dual Sport Fender Pack Bag containing both front and rear HD tubes.


Here is the tube bag installed "backwards" so the buckles can be used to secure it to the rack.


I added an old kayak strap cut to length as added security due to not having complete faith in plastic buckles.


A bit of McGyvering to the side cover was needed for clearance. There is a rib (second pic) that followed exactly where I wanted the cut.



Hard to tell from this pic due to the angle, but there is plenty of room for the tire and a considerable distance to the chain guard. I'm able to raise the "L" bracket up if needed for additional clearance.


Also, the buckles on the bag and safety strap are hidden between the rack and pannier so theft shouldn't be an issue.

Now I have just that much more room in the pannier for other gear.
 

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Sneaky, great spot for them! Just goes to show, where there's a will there's a way! I was thinking of a fender bag but I like your solution way better :)
 

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Sneaky, great spot for them! Just goes to show, where there's a will there's a way! I was thinking of a fender bag but I like your solution way better :)
Two HD tubes is a fair amount of weight for a flimsy fender not to mention the fairing is kind of in the way on this bike. This works for now.

I'm buying a used seat to modify over the winter. Since I will never ride two-up, the rear section of seat is begging to be turned into storage. Stay tuned!
 

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Nice setup...did the insert and L-brackets come with the HT product? The setup looks different then what I saw on the HT website....do you also have the HT panniers?
 

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Nice setup...did the insert and L-brackets come with the HT product? The setup looks different then what I saw on the HT website....do you also have the HT panniers?
Thanks!

The main insert, two "L" shaped parts and hardware were included in the kit. I did not use the third "L" due to the thickness of the bag.

I have the older style SU racks that use the "pucks" (4 of them) to attach the panniers. Have the 7-1/2" wide Teton panniers and really like them. Can fit a two person tent, sleeping bag and air mattress into one pannier! Skinny enough to keep the arse of the bike narrower than the handlebars which eliminates surprises when navigating tight spots and keeps you from bringing the kitchen sink!
 

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Thanks...the site did recommend the 7.5" vs the 9" width because of the overall width...

Having both boxes the same size does not affect center of gravity? There have been a couple sites that recommended a narrower box on the exhaust side...but not sure if that was just that specific setup..
 

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Just went and measured. From the centerline of the bike, both panniers stick out equally (18"). You just have more room on the inside of the SU rack on the non-exhaust side. Figured that the weight of the tubes will offset the weight of the muffler a bit. Not that you'd notice it.
 
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