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post #11 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 12:54 AM
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They look great... Very strong too.


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Thanks for all the kind words. I guess I think their kind of lame because even though they look ok in the pictures (sorry for the crappy phone pics), my welds don't look that great (but I got good penetration) and the cans are a little beat up. I didn't take the time I normally would to metal finish everything before painting. Hindsight 20/20, I should have left the side braces on, at least on the visible side. They don't weight that much and taking them off just made more work to smooth out the sides.

I've heard both sides of the hard luggage debate. The hard edges are more prone to cause physical harm in an accident, but also can provide some leg protection in a T bone type crash. I chose to take stock in the latter theory so I think I will add the rear brace for added strength in an accident or if I drop it.

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They look great Arrow!!! I performed a similar (but not as drastic) excess-material-ectomy on my identical ammo cans. I also trimmed the tops (lids) of the "skirts" that hang over the edge for alittle savings........and cut-out alot of the side material and replaced it with aluminum sheet. See here......

Ammo Cans......on a Diet

I "lost" about 3-4 lbs per each side in the process. These cans are plenty "strong" for what we are using them for........I think of them as rectangular frame sliders ()!! (but will probably get torn off in a "big event".........????)

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post #14 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 09:01 AM
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those cleaned up nicely!!

i've got a set that i'm working on right now...but mine are a quick release version...when i'm all done i'm going to post pictures and stuff, but my ammo can's won't be near as pretty!

i'm going to leave the green on mine and just clean up where i need to...i'm more about functionality than pretty...

i'm jealous that i don't have a welder would make projects so much more fun...

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post #15 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 10:30 AM
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i'm going to leave the green on mine and just clean up where i need to..
And paint a white star on them, I hope.

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I'm not a big fan of a lot of homemade solutions but yours is a work of art compared to most of what I see and actually looks better than some commercial offerings.
When I think lame I think somebody too cheap to buy handguards who makes their own out of a gallon plastic milk jug and duct tapes them to the bars. You know who you are.

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post #17 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 02:50 PM
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And paint a white star on them, I hope.
now that's a good idea!

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post #18 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 03:25 PM
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Far from lame, these look really nice, you don't have to spend tons of money for function, only if you want to talk about it later! Great job!---BB

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Those are sweet...wish I had those skills.

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post #20 of 40 Old 12-03-2012, 04:05 PM
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Not lame at all.

However, you are missing a muffler here on the left...

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