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post #1 of 42 Unread 07-09-2019, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Pvc pipe storage mod?

Hello, I am a longtime rider, new 2005 Vstrom 650 DL owner. I have seen a few Vstroms in the past with a PVC pipe storage setup on the left side, mounted to the Pannier brackets. I am thinking about doing this on my Vstrom, is this a common mod? Is there a common name for this mod? Does anyone have a plan or list for making this? Thanks for any info you can share.
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post #2 of 42 Unread 07-09-2019, 02:12 PM
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They're usually referred to as "tool tubes". If you search that term on here, you'll find a ton of threads on them and how they're built. It's pretty common among ADV motorcycle riders; I've had one on both my V-Strom and my Super Tenere.

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Plenty of people make their own, but you can also just buy them.

I guess it depends on your own personal X time = $Y money equation.

They are only $6.

https://www.agrisupply.com/manual-ca...caAoETEALw_wcB

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Thanks, if I don't make my own, I will go with those. 4 bucks for the ones with no printing is amazingly cheap.
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I dug through my old photo albums on here, and I'm attaching links to them so you can see the way I made the various incarnations of tool tubes I've used over the years.



This is the first one I made, using 4" ABS plastic pipe from Lowes. I prefer ABS because it doesn't shatter into sharp shards if it gets smashed. More photos are here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members...tool-tube.html



This is a second version I made. This one actually went on my Super Tenere. Also made from 4" ABS pipe from the hardware store. I made this one so the door cold lock, using a modified desk drawer lock. More photos here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members...l-su-rack.html

And this is the final one I made, which is currently on my Super Tenere. It's made from ABS sheet plastic with aluminum angle reinforcements at the edges.



More photos are here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members...tool-tube.html

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There are some great write ups about tool tubes. Using some plumbing pipes can cost a bit and using drain pipe can cost less, much less for the same size pipe.
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Sq vs Round..........

RC does beautiful work.....always a pleasure looking at what he builds next!! I use the 4" diameter PVC Tube x 18" L on my Wee. I tried to build a new Tool Holder using a 5"x5" square aluminum tube from McMaster-Carr. I had it all worked out except for one area that clashed with my Happy Trails Pannier Racks....a single square bracket, but was enough for me to scrap the idea....and gave the materials away.

BTW....a 5"x5" square tube has DOUBLE the volume of cubic inches over a 4" round tube.
Just food for thought if building something.....
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I've got an early Shad bag mount on my salvage Wee. It has copious area on the left side. A big square design might be neat....maybe purposed as an Aux fuel tank?
I can always put lead weights on the right to offset the weight.
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don't you have a weighty exhaust anyway?

I used the space for fuel.

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