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post #1 of 24 Old 01-16-2018, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight Luggage????

Harbor Freight has these boxes which are supposed to be the 1400 Pelican equivalent.
https://www.harborfreight.com/3800-W...fQ%3D%3D%0D%0A
At 30 bucks each with coupon might be a good cheap alternative.
I have not seen first hand and not sure the actually size of the 1400.
But I'm heading to Harbor Freight after work today to look at their motorcycle dolly so I can easily roll bikes around garage and maybe open a little floor space for another bike
Will take a peek at them while there.
Already going to piss off the wife that I'm at Harbor Freight so might as well make it good if they look like a good option.
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I am using one as a top box on my vx300. Removed the OEM tail rack, bolted box with same bolts straight to siderails.
I did mount 2 of them as panniers, as described by another in adv vx300 forum, using the 2 tailrack bolt holes per side. Took them off. They sag in at the bottom without a mounting plate or lower support cross bar.
The top box fits well with a giant loop bag and a duffel on top. Last summer, completely overloaded with GL and duffel (no top box), went to Touratech rally in Plain, WA. Bike did fine, even at 75 on freeway. But it did talk to me a bit, suggesting it liked my weight forward on the seat, especially at speed.

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Should totally be fine (the boxes, not your wife. She might not be fine )

I've used similar pelican knock offs for luggage (the Duratool ones from MCM). They can hold up the weight of the bike just fine, and are waterproof, aside from any holes you drill into them.
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If they had one that would hold my helmet, I'd buy it immediately. Sadly, none of them are 15"x11"x11" (the size of my big-ass helmet for my big-ass head) on the inside.
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I was thinking about doing ammo cans for panniers but these look pretty good.
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I have some 20mm Ammos I did up for my 1000 and talk about heavy!!!!!!!
I like the dimensions of the Pelicans on my 650 which I believe are 1550's
Maybe down the road they will make a similar size, they currently have 3 sizes now with this being their biggest.
Have thought about their smaller as a tank mount using the Cortech mounting system.
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I was thinking about doing ammo cans for panniers but these look pretty good.

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Yeah, the 20mm cans do weigh a lot but if I was really concerned about it I'd shed some pounds myself.

One of the big selling points for me is that the cans can be painted. The black cases wouldn't go with what I have in mind.
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" Sadly, none of them are 15"x11"x11""

Yeah. I saw lust in your eyes gazing at the Hardigg box on my 650 the other day.
18x18x12.
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Harbor Freight has these boxes which are supposed to be the 1400 Pelican equivalent.
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I have a couple of similar Pelican knock offs mounted on my Yamaha XT250. They were purchased from Princess Auto (the Canadian Harbor Freight) and might be made by the same manufacturer.

The boxes are not as thick as the Pelicans and are consequently not as heavy.

I have not dropped the bike on these boxes yet, but plan to do so on my Florida vacation in a couple of weeks. Will report back.

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