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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of installing a Pelican case as a tail bag?

Any suggestions on how to attach the Pelican case? is this a good idea?

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 06:27 PM
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I used a Duratool case for a top box; it's a Chinese knock off of a Pelican case (but in its own right, a pretty darn good case). I made my own quick release system for it. I don't know if you're handy with tools, but it was relatively easy to do. Here's a link to my photos of the system, if it helps:

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I fabed up a couple of metal hooks to slide in under the front of the OME rack and then used a bolt through the rack and wing nut inside the box to secure it all in place .

I also fitted the lid with some hooks so I can secure things to the lid and still be able to open the box.

I also drilled a few holes through the extra plastic around the hinges to be used for securing other items, EG; tent and gear bag when traveling one up.

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sounds exactly what I want to do. Any pics? Thanks

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Nice work thanks for the response

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I purchased the 25L Pelican top case kit from Caribou Cases and am VERY pleased. The kit is a little spendy, but it includes a new rear rack, all mounting hardware and a quick release kit for the case. I mounted the system on my 2012 Adventure model and it's working perfectly with the OEM side cases. I'm so pleased with the quality of the top case I'm thinking seriously of selling the OEM side cases and purchasing the 35L Pelican side case kit from Caribou as well.

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I have the case but no installation hardware or directions.

Best place to buy installation hardware?

I tried to post pics of my case but I don't have enough posts

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The local home depot sells a latching hard sided plastic tool box.
I think they called it a technicians tool box. It's black with a grey molded insert that has dividing panels.
Anyway, bag sells for around $35.
I'd get one and bolt it right to the rear rack,grab handle.
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I also had good luck mounting my Pelican 1550 case with a Caribou kit from their website. The quick detach hardware works good and I like the usefulness of the mounting rack when used without the case. I had to improvise a bit on the hardware by using a mix of the OEM stuff, the Caribou-supplied pieces, and a couple of bits from the hardware store to get the rack mounting spacing right. Not a big setback, imho. I also drilled new holes in the luggage rack plate to allow it to be moved back another 1.5". This made it more comfy to use as a backrest for my wife when 2-up. She won't go anywhere on the Strom without the case attached now.
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Lock and hooks

Strap down point

Holes I drilled

Inside the box

mounting hooks, as the bag is push on the hooks get tighter against the rack.


Mounting bolt

This was made from scrap I had laying around, keep it light as the weight is high on the bike.

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