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post #1 of 21 Old 09-06-2019, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Center box like Tusk?

Ordered some Tusk Panniers a few days ago, and I'm in the market for a similar top box. Unfortunately Tusk doesn't seem to make one. Any recommendations on a similarly priced aluminum box that is available quick? I've currently got a factory Suzuki plastic box and mount on the back, but it isn't quite big enough and I'd rather have something metal. Have a line on something used, but the seller isn't ready to sell just the one box yet and I don't have a lot of time to wait.

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Don't know if Solo box is still in bidness.


Also when you get you Tusks blue loctite all the fasteners including dribbling a little on the 5/8" nut holding the tumbler in place.

Here's a post to a quick mod I did to my Tusks to make it even more functional:

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Don't know if Solo box is still in bidness.
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That might be an option, not a huge fan of trying to deal with people/companies who think that a facebook page is a reasonable way to do business. But the price on the top box is ok depending on dimensions, their side boxes cost 2x what the Tusk stuff sells for.

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Fedex guy just dropped these off. Look pretty decent. One rocks a little, but since it'll be hanging - who cares. For $211 for the pair I'm not complaining.

Just need to wait for the adapter plates that I bought to modify and I can see about hanging these things.
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What racks are you mounting them too? There may have some alternate/better mounting option. Happy Trails makes nice pucks or you can do the DIY hockey puck method.

Also while they are new and not sun baked the Tusk stickers peel off very easily.
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What racks are you mounting them too? There may have some alternate/better mounting option. Happy Trails makes nice pucks or you can do the DIY hockey puck method.

Also while they are new and not sun baked the Tusk stickers peel off very easily.
The bike came with GIVI PL racks, and that is what the Adapter plates I bought were for. Havn't totally decided how removable I want to make them, I think I'd be pretty OK with just removing 3 bolts with a wrench if I ever wanted them off.

The motech plates showed up a couple minutes ago. For $20 they are an easy template/mounting bracket
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Are the Givi PL racks made of tubular steel? If so the Happy Trails mount puck would work really well. Use 4 per pannier 2 bottom 2 top. Bottoms always stay tops are loosened to swing down and the pannier can be removed. I uses allen bolts and just lets a allen wrench in the pannier. Could also do the same with a hex head bolt just but a cheap wrench and leave in the pannier.
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Are the Givi PL racks made of tubular steel? If so the Happy Trails mount puck would work really well. Use 4 per pannier 2 bottom 2 top. Bottoms always stay tops are loosened to swing down and the pannier can be removed. I uses allen bolts and just lets a allen wrench in the pannier. Could also do the same with a hex head bolt just but a cheap wrench and leave in the pannier.
The givi racks already have threaded holes that I can hit from a bolt inside the panniers, no need for any additional pieces.

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I recently noticed Moose Racing makes a nice looking, reasonably priced top box

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The givi racks already have threaded holes that I can hit from a bolt inside the panniers, no need for any additional pieces.
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