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post #1 of 25 Old 07-22-2016, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap(er) Luggage Option

So I've been looking around for luggage, reading through hundreds of threads and trying to avoid spending over $1000 to get some hard cases on my bike.

I started with buying some used SW Motech EVO racks from the marketplace on stromtrooper.com, but couldn't decide what do do for the cases. There are a lot of options, but many are pretty expensive.

I ended up getting some Pelican/Hardigg iM2600 cases off Ebay to throw on, but while I was waiting for them to arrive, I stumbled across these cases at my local Home Depot. From everything I could tell, they would work out nicely.
  • 33L per side
  • Waterproof
  • Pretty burly
  • Lockable
  • $29 each!!

Here they are mounted up. I didn't try to make them quick release, but rather opted to bolt straight through them onto the rack. Really looking forward to giving them a go!
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I used 30mm ammo cans and happy trail racks


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post #3 of 25 Old 07-22-2016, 08:52 PM
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I went down a similar path with mine. Although here in Australia the cases were $79 Australian Dollars, but a lot cheaper than $400 plus for an item I'd use once or twice a year. I have lost one of the side latches though, the pins are only pushed in, and I made the mistake of leaving that one undone whilst I rode to get fuel. It fell out. Here's a pic
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Those are pretty nice. I looked them up on Home Depot's website, and I saw that there's a molded in portion of the lid that's designed to close tightly over the top of those little storage trays that the case comes with. Does it look like that molded in portion can be removed? It looks like it cuts down a lot on the potential inside volume of the cases.

I have Duratool cases on my bike. They were a little more expensive than the ones you have, and I actually like the look of yours a little more.
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Those look good, but I suspect they're not deep enough. 6.5 od would leave you with 6" or less inside. The other box in the collection lokks like a nice top box though.

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Those are pretty nice. I looked them up on Home Depot's website, and I saw that there's a molded in portion of the lid that's designed to close tightly over the top of those little storage trays that the case comes with. Does it look like that molded in portion can be removed? It looks like it cuts down a lot on the potential inside volume of the cases.

I have Duratool cases on my bike. They were a little more expensive than the ones you have, and I actually like the look of yours a little more.
The molded insert in the lid comes out really easy as do all of the dividers, etc. I actually left it in one side in and plan on screwing some straps across the fronts and using the dividers to organize stuff.

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Those look good, but I suspect they're not deep enough. 6.5 od would leave you with 6" or less inside. The other box in the collection lokks like a nice top box though.
Not deep enough for what? "Enough" is pretty subjective. Dimension is a trade off and really dependent on the owner and their intended use/need.

For me personally, 35L per side is PLENTY of room to carry everything I need (I actually recently went on a week trip with just a North Face duffel bag). I also really like the low profile that the case affords.

At the end of the day, it just needs to work for you personally. I was just offering an option.
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I looked at ammo cans, but they just seemed really heavy. Love the way they look, and there's no question about the durability or utility.
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Mine are 24.5 lb per side. Plus racks


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Not deep enough for what? "Enough" is pretty subjective. Dimension is a trade off and really dependent on the owner and their intended use/need.

For me personally, 35L per side is PLENTY of room to carry everything I need (I actually recently went on a week trip with just a North Face duffel bag). I also really like the low profile that the case affords.

At the end of the day, it just needs to work for you personally. I was just offering an option.
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My take was pretty subjective and I did not mean to throw shade on your suggestion. If they work for someone, they are a really good deal. I once had Seahorse 720s and while they worked, the Duratools I purchased later had more breathing room for trips. I do see the value of a thinner profile for a lot of riders though, especially those who run cases daily for commuting.
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I did the ammo can thing when I first got my V-Strom. I managed to get the weight of the cans down to about 14 pounds each, by replacing a lot of the steel with 2mm aluminum riveted in place, and getting rid of the stock lids and rebuilding them with 2mm aluminum and aluminum angle. Even then, I just never warmed up to them, and ended up scrapping them for the aluminum to use in other projects.
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