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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Tool tube without a rear rack possible?

Just wondering if anyone has managed to farkle their 2012 Wee with a tool tube without bolting it to a pannier rack?
I'm thinking of making a tool tube (needs to be 125mm/5" diameter pipe to carry a camera tripod) but I don't want/need a pannier rack, so I'm looking for ideas on mounting points.
If I remove the rear foot pegs, which I'm never likely to need anyway, then I can use the frame mounting for the bottom of the tube there, but I'm unsure what the best mount point wound be at the top of the tube.
The allen key bolt next to the seat keyhole looks the obvious choice.
Any ideas what would be best?

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I would certainly look at the passenger footpeg area as a place to use for part of a mount for your tube holder. It would be hard to get it stiff enough just using one mounting point to keep it from shaking too much in use. Probably need at least one other mounting point, maybe go under the passenger handhold with a piece of flat bar? It can be done.

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Dan has already done the work for you with his luggage guard with tube. I bought one and liked it. I have subsequently taken it off because I just mounted the PMR luggage racks on my bike, and put the tube on the left rack.

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That's almost exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of (minus the nice touch of the cover). Many thanks for the link. I'm going to shoot him an email. Depending on price it might be easier and a lot better product that something I'd come up with in my garage.

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That's almost exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of (minus the nice touch of the cover). Many thanks for the link. I'm going to shoot him an email. Depending on price it might be easier and a lot better product that something I'd come up with in my garage.
I did that, and I got it, it was super easy to put on (installs using the 3 OEM bolts next to the seat lock and the left side passenger pegs), and I couldn't be happier:

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I 've seen this a couple times and have a similar, home made, tool tube strapped to my Suzuki bag mount. I went out and looked at the bike and realized you could do the same thing on the muffler side. Get a couple long SS straps and hang it to the muffler on the underside.
I thought about moving my tool tube and putting one of those neat Rotpax 1 gallon cans in side on the left. Not sure if it would fit though.
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