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post #1 of 28 Old 09-13-2014, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Pelican "quick release"

I saw the thread and a few others on here, for mounting Pelican side cases. I have 2 pelican 1550's I was planning on mounting, but want the ability to remove them without too much hassle. I have seen lots of guys fab things, but starting doing some last min searching and found these >Pelican quick mounts

They look right. Anybody have experience with these? I have bought stuff from TT before with much laud.

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I don't, but I am sure they work. Other options are Caribou Case mounts and Happy Trails puck system. These are only around $50.

RCnNC made his own mounts, as did I. Check out his; nice setup.

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I've seen that TT mount on another bike and it looked pretty dang solid, though I can't say how it compares to other $200 options. I have Givi racks on my 2012 and Seahorse brand cases. I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on brackets and so after staring at the cases in the living room for two weeks (my girlfriend was very understanding...) I rigged them up with a homemade set up based on stuff I saw online.

The bottom part is made from two 1.5 x 6" 1/8 steal mending plates with a U shaped slot to fit with the lower "buttons" on the Givi rack. They are spaced out with pieces of a white nylon cutting board and bolted with SS bolts and locknuts, fender washers, rubber washers, etc.

The top attachment point is kinda quick release. I removed the Givi latch point. I ran 1 quarter inch SS bolt and a clevis pin through the holes in the Givi rack and jammed a pair of rubber bumpers over them to space the cases out and seal out rain. The bolt and clevis pass through holes in the case. I use a wing nut and fender washer on the bolt to tighten the case back to the rack, then slide a hairpin cotter pin into the clevis pin to lock it. When the cases are locked there is no way to remove them from the outside. It only takes a moment to pull that cotter pin and spin the wing nut off to pop them off the bike when I want to though.

I'm sure my setup is not entirely new but I'll take a couple pictures later today if anyone is interested. Once I actually started working on them it didn't take very long to put it all together.
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I used them on my FZ6



I liked them. I did have to modify them by clearancing the part where the lock tumbler goes to clear the passenger grab rail, but I was expecting something since they are "universal" fit.

They were tough as well. I was able to lift the bike by the side cases (from laying on it's side lol) with no issue. The weak spot on this setup is the GIVI rack itself IMO. The brackets are built heavier than the racks.
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I've seen that TT mount on another bike and it looked pretty dang solid, though I can't say how it compares to other $200 options. I have Givi racks on my 2012 and Seahorse brand cases. I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on brackets and so after staring at the cases in the living room for two weeks (my girlfriend was very understanding...) I rigged them up with a homemade set up based on stuff I saw online.

The bottom part is made from two 1.5 x 6" 1/8 steal mending plates with a U shaped slot to fit with the lower "buttons" on the Givi rack. They are spaced out with pieces of a white nylon cutting board and bolted with SS bolts and locknuts, fender washers, rubber washers, etc.

The top attachment point is kinda quick release. I removed the Givi latch point. I ran 1 quarter inch SS bolt and a clevis pin through the holes in the Givi rack and jammed a pair of rubber bumpers over them to space the cases out and seal out rain. The bolt and clevis pass through holes in the case. I use a wing nut and fender washer on the bolt to tighten the case back to the rack, then slide a hairpin cotter pin into the clevis pin to lock it. When the cases are locked there is no way to remove them from the outside. It only takes a moment to pull that cotter pin and spin the wing nut off to pop them off the bike when I want to though.

I'm sure my setup is not entirely new but I'll take a couple pictures later today if anyone is interested. Once I actually started working on them it didn't take very long to put it all together.
Sounds like a copy of a copy of my set up. I use two clevis pins and no bolt. Mine didn't budge even when I laid the bike down on the case at around 25 mph.

On my second set, I mounted the buttons to the cases and the "forks" to the rack. Both mount designs are solid and were cheap.

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The puck looks like a good option, and about 1/3 the cost.

Do either of you have a How to or thread for your mount systems?

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The puck looks like a good option, and about 1/3 the cost.

Do either of you have a How to or thread for your mount systems?
Duratool Cases Photos by Thirdjohn_photos | Photobucket

Make sure you look at the Duratools Part 2 as well. I changed the material from aluminum to HDPE plastic (Walmart cutting board).

My brackets on the rack look a little wonky, but they work fine. The slots need to be exact. The buttons sit down in the slots and the cases do not move. Pull the pins inside, lean away from the rack a bit and lift-off!

If you look on my Photobucket account, you'll see my earlier mounts for my Seahorse cases. These worked fine as well and are the ones that sustained a crash. Don't be afraid of the plastic; it's strong enough and easier to work with if you don't have a metal shop. That said, the Happy Trails pucks avoid most any labor and just work. There was a guy on here that took my first set-up and did a nicer job than I did. RCnNC's set-up is great too; better than mine.

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Thank you John, I appreciate that.

In case the OP wants to see another homemade mounting system, here's the link to my photo album that shows how I made my very simple quick release system for Happy Trail racks using Duratool boxes.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/members/...nt-system.html

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I found some pictures of my mounts.

These are the slotted brackets for the bottom



Rough picture of the inside, all fasteners got stainless and rubber fender washers.



Close up of the wing-nut/clevis pin on the inside. I tighten the wing nut as tight as I can then shove the hairpin through and back the wing nut off a couple turns to balance the tension.



The rubber furniture bumpers on those bolts to seal and space them out. They compress a bit.



And modified Givi removable rack without cases mounted. I added rubber bushings and stainless washers to the "buttons" to keep the slot on the lower bracket from shaking back and forth



Probably $10 in parts, plus cases and rack. I don't think its good enough for a RTW trip bit it's held up great so far on pavement and fire roads.
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I bolted mine to removable racks and used the bag liners from Cee Baileys.

I got the removable racks because I thought I might want to remove the bags at some point. I did. Nine years later when I sold the bike just to show that they could be removed.
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