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Old 12-02-2012, 09:02 PM
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I just wanted some cans to throw a gallon of mik or some groceries from time to time but didn't want to invest in commercial luggage just yet. So I bought a couple of ammo cans from a surplus store for $60. They weighed just under 19#’s each. I started by stripping them down off all the reinforcements and latches/handles, that saved 5#'s a piece. I used the latch rods as hinges and welded them right to the sides of the can.











Since drilling out the spot welds made a mess of the sides of the cans, I smoothed the sides with some body filler and primed.



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I used 3/16” for the mounting brackets, it’s kind of thick, but it seemed like 1/8” would be too thin and vibrate/bend.



Rear top mount test fit with “ears” to mount the rear supports.



Here are the three mounting points, two on top and one down on the pass foot peg.

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Since the cans are so sturdy, I used them as an “exoskeleton” and welded the mounts right to the cans. I welded 3/4" angle along the side of the cans and then used 3/4" DOM tubing as struts from the mounts to the cans. That saves weight and the whole assembly can be removed with no trace of having them been installed. I plan on leaving them on there so quick removal was not an issue. Even so, just removing the four bolts for the factory rack and the two bolts down by the peg and the whole assembly lifts off. It all weighs just under 40#’s which is about what the cans weighed before they were stripped down. I haven’t added a rear bar yet, but the structure is so sturdy I might not need to, If I decide to add one, it will have to be bolted on otherwise I won't be able to get the cans off again.

I mounted them a little lower than what I've seen most people, but I didn't want the rear signals hidden. All told I think I have less than $75 into them, went throgh two cans of primer and two cans of satin black.













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You might need to consider a bolt-in crossbar across the back if you get too much movement back there.
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Nice job !
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Nicely done. Nowhere near lame.
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Nice job, you got skilz.
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Wow. That looks great. Nicely done sir.
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Looks pretty damn good to me!
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You call this lame? Wait till I post pics of the ones I am building out of aluminium sheet and recycled plastic, you'll puke!
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